As part of my studies at the Moody Theological Seminary, I have been doing an in depth literary study through the book of Ezra. I’ve learned a lot and been convicted by God’s Word through this study. As a result of that work, I’d like to share what I’ve gleaned with you. Would you join me over the next five Tuesdays on this study? You’ll be able to choose the depth of your involvement, but the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. I’ll give you reading assignments, study questions, and homework that will help you apply the book of Ezra to your life. Its up to you how deep you want to go. If you choose to study along with me, please let me know in the comment section of the blog and please share what you are learning and any questions you have. I look forward to doing this study with you!
Where is Ezra? That’s somewhere after Genesis and before Revelation right?
Have you ever read Ezra? Don’t feel too bad. Most Christians I know haven’t. And if you have read Ezra, chances are you’re like me before I started this project for class. I had read through Ezra before and I knew it was inspired by God and good for me. But I found it boring. Its full of genealogies, lists, numbers, and seemingly unimportant details about who got to carry the gold from one city to another. It seemed to me that this book was a dry historical account about the rebuilding of the temple and that’s it.
So why Ezra? Because there is much more to it than what you or I might see on our first reading. It really is God’s Word and is useful for our lives today. Let me set the stage.