(May 07, 2022) Brian Bellchallenges us to be a worthy servant like ‘a man named Ezra’ …
With these four almost inconspicuous words contained in chapter 7 of the book of Ezra, we are introduced to the character of Ezra.
The book of Ezra tells us about the return of Jewish exiles from Babylon, beginning with those who returned with Zerubbabel and at a later time with Ezra. Ezra and the other exiles who returned to Jerusalem with him, got there about 13 years before the return of Nehemiah and other exiles, described in the book of Nehemiah.
The primary action carried out by the returning exiles as described in Ezra, was the reconstruction of the temple led by Zerubbabel, Ezra’s role is what I would describe as leading ‘spiritual renewal’ or ‘revival’ while the focus of Nehemiah was the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls which is replete with spiritual applications.
I believe both Ezra and Nehemiah could be said to be men who were ‘directed’ by the Holy Spirit, while those words are not specifically used when speaking of them, I believe it is borne out in the scriptural descriptions given of them. In this meditation I will share only some thoughts about Ezra.
(March 11, 2022) Brian Bellshares a great encouragement …
We’re already halfway through the third month of 2022!
Despite the general unrest and uncertainty which still prevails across the world, I believe theencouragement from God’s word is to keep standing on His promises.
Let me draw you back to the words God spoke to Moses in Exodus 33:14 –‘My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.’
Now I am sure we would not be envious of the task God asked Moses to carry out. To go back to his place of failure in Egypt, face Pharaoh and bring God’s people out of captivity! It was because God knew the enormity and difficulty of the task that He spoke this promise to Moses.
I have three little thoughts of encouragement to suggest. God’s word is –
A Personal Promise– ‘My presence’ (i) Personal in its source In Romans chapter 1, the apostle Paul lists the many ways in which sin has impacted on humanity and included in the list, he uses this phrase ‘break their promises.’