Friday, 20 March 2015
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Saturday, 21 February 2015
Friday, 20 February 2015
Monday, 12 January 2015
We are studying the Book of Ezra on Sunday mornings for the next 3 months (approx!!)
Israel by Assyria 722 B.C. - 2 Kings 17 -
by Baylon - Daniel 606 B.C (Dan 1:1-7) - Ezekiel 598 B.C. Judah
The book of Ezra is a plain, straightforward account of one of the most important events in Jewish history, namely the return of the people of God from the Babylonian captivity. Originally the Jews counted Ezra and Nehemiah as one book and as a continuation of 2 Chronicles.
Our first study is necessarily one of introduction.
1. THE PERSON WHO WROTE THE BOOK -
(a) What Scripture says - Ch 7:1,5,6,10,21.
(b) What Jewish tradition says -
(c) What Modern criticism says -
2. THE PERIOD COVERED BY THE BOOK;- 80 years. 538 - 458 B.C.
(a) Preceded by the Captivity :-
- Final fall of
586 B.C. (2 Kings 24 & 25) Jerusalem
(b) Presented Chronologically:-
Chapter 1 - The Decree Issued (538/6 B.C.)
Chapter 2 - The People Listed
Chapter 3 - The Foundations laid (536/5 B.C.)
Chapter 4 - The Work Halted (535/20 B.C.)
Chapter 5 - The Work Resumed (520 B.C.)
Through the preaching of Haggai and Zechariah
Chapter 6 - The Work Completed (515 B.C.)
A period of 57 years spiritual decline to which belong the story of the book of Esther (515/458 B.C.)
Chapter 7 - The Author Arrived (458 B.C.)
Chapter 8 - The Journey Described
Chapter 9 - The Failure Recognised
Chapter 10 - The Revival Commenced.
Between the end of Ezra and the beginning of Nehemiah there is at least a 12 year period.
3. THE PURPOSE IN STUDYING THE BOOK;-
(a) To learn how God works in history.
(b) To become see how God works in people.
(c) To be challenged by the details in the story.