Everyone Who's Heart God Moved
Passage: Ezra 1:1–2:70
Ezra Big Picture: Ezra provides hope for the returned exiles-- and likewise Yahweh’s new covenant people-- by showing how the promises made by the Sovereign God of Heaven are unbreakable. His people are never at risk of losing their covenant blessings as a result of external hardships (chapters 1-6), but rather the present and future fortunes of the faithful remnant hinges upon internal holiness, both individual and corporate, characterized by faithfulness to God’s word. (chapters 7-10).
The Proclamation of Cyrus (1: 1-5)
1) God is faithful to his Word.
2) God is unquestionably sovereign.
3) A biblical theology of “the remnant”.
Material Blessings (1:6-11)
Who’s Who (2:1-2:70)
1) This genealogical record reveals the priorities of the returnees.
- a) The importance of faithful leadership.
- b) The centrality of the temple, and restoring proper worship of Yahweh.
2) The theme of holiness first appears in the exclusion of the priests with no provable lineage (58-63)
3) The ordinary nature of the exiles should encourage the ordinary Christian.