- Approximately 1500 men
plus an unknown number of women and children accompanied Ezra back to
Jerusalem. While it would not have been wrong for Ezra to take troops
along with him; he had previously made a statement to the King that would
have caused the King to doubt not only Ezra’s faith, but the Lord’s
ability to protect Israel. In order not to bring shame to the Lord or the
people, Ezra stuck to his word, declared a fast, and trusted the Lord.
Ezra didn’t want to be a flip-flopper when it was convenient. He wanted to
exercise genuine faith.
- Anytime that we undertake a work for the Lord we need to do so only after we have fasted and prayed and we also must do due diligence in order to make sure that we have all of the necessary provisions to make the accomplishment of that work successful. God comes to the aid of those that plan and work hard to accomplish His goals.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Study 6 – Ezra 8