Background: The book of Ezra recounts the return of God’s people to their Promised Land from slavery in Babylon. First they rebuild the temple and then under the leadership of Ezra, they rebuild their commitement to God. This seventh chapter tells us that 58 years after the temple was finished, God called Ezra, a priest in Babylon, to lead more of God’s people back to Jeruslem to help revive the people’s hearts towards God. Let’s see how God encourages Ezra’s heart for this monumental task.
Ask the children…
Ezra led the people on a 5 month trek from Babylon to Jerusalem. Even though they had no soldiers with them and they carried many valuables, God miraculously protected Ezra and the people. Why?
“for the gracious hand of his God was on him. 10 This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.” (Ezra 7:9, 10)
How did Ezra feel about this?
“I felt encouraged because the gracious hand of the Lord my God was on me.” (Ezra 7:28 )
Ezra could feel the gracious hand of God protecting him and giving him favor. As a result he worshipped God and kept following Him.
Ask your children if they have felt the gacious hand of God? What was it that caused God to provide favor to Ezra? How are they investing in studying God’s word and following it? Make a plan to do some Bible reading together like you are doing here and obeying what you read and see if God doesn’t show His gracious hand.
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