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06/12/2014

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Give Me A Hand


"This Ezra came up from Babylon. He was well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him" (Ezra 7:6).

The Book of Ezra is ten chapters long. It tells the story of how God works through Ezra to return a group of Israelite people from their captivity in Babylon to Jerusalem in 457 B. C. Ezra, as described in today's verse, was a teacher, and his job would to be to restore the people of God. It was a daunting task all the way around. You might enjoy reading the book to get the whole flavor... Our Bibles are filled with stories about people who were willing to live their lives under the influence of God. To fulfill His purposes, through a deep faith and willingness to serve, God used them. Ezra is one of those folks. God used him because Ezra had first determined to seek the Lord, and then allowed to Lord to use him. Perhaps by now, you have caught on to a lesson that we might get from Ezra's story. There is one more important thing I want us to notice in today's verse. It would seem that against all odds, Ezra was able to enlist the foreign king to not only let the people go, but to actually help and facilitate the move... Kings just didn't allow captured people loose in those days, let alone help them. Can you look at the verse and find out why Ezra was successful? "The king (Artazerxes) had granted him everything he asked...." Now why would a foreign king do this? The rest of the verse lets us know... "for the hand of the Lord was upon him..." No less that six times in two chapters of this book, the term, "the hand of the Lord was upon me," is used. We might even call it the theme of Ezra's life. Do we want God's hand on us? We will look at Ezra's story for the next few days to see how this can happen... Stay tuned...

Have a wonderful day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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