Today, we’re are reading Ezra 4:7-23, then Ezra 7 and 8. All in one place today!
“He had begun his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, and he arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel” (Ezra 7:9-10 NIV)
What a wonderful thing – for the hand of the Lord to be on us because we are devoted! Lord, let it be so in my life! Let it be so in yours as well, my friend!
Ezra 8:10 NIV – Fasting continues to be an important discipline, and we’ll see it in the NT as well.