Separate from Strange People

We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange* wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. 3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all… (READ MORE)

Ezra 10 Purification of Former Captives

Now therefore, let us make a covenant with our God to put away all these wives and those who have been born to them, according to the advice of my master and of those who tremble at the commandment of… (READ MORE)

Remnant (sha’ar)

To be remnant means “to remain” or “to be left over.” A remnant is what survives after a catastrophe. In Ezra, the word frequently refers to those Israelites who survived the Exile and returned to resettle the Promised Land (9:8)…. (READ MORE)

Ezra 8 Prayer for Safe Journey Home

Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. Ezra 8:21 Ezra’s companion’s:… (READ MORE)

Ezra 7 Seek, Do, Teach the Word of God

58 years after completion of the Temple, another group of Jews comes from Persia.  This group is led by Ezra the scribe. 7:1-5 after these things. The events of ch.6 took place during the reign of King Darius; more specifically… (READ MORE)

Ezra 5-6 Jerusalem Temple Rebuilt

And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the Lord God of Israel, did eat, And… (READ MORE)

Ezra 4 We alone will build.

But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of the fathers’ houses of Israel said to them, “You may do nothing with us to build a house for our God; but we alone will build to the Lord… (READ MORE)

Ezra 1 From Babylon Unto Jerusalem

Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a… (READ MORE)

Ezra, Intro

The first Book of Return Ezra and its companion book, Nehemiah, continue the history of God’s OT people after the age of the Captivity. They pick up the report from the final verses of the Chronicles, which report that 70… (READ MORE)


Jeremiah the prophet identified a period of 70 years during which the Jews would be kept in captivity, away from their land and their heritage (25:11-12, 29:10). The return Jeremiah promised was accomplished on time. But it required a change… (READ MORE)