July 19th

 

  • Chapters 1-2—Ezra begins the same way 2 Chronicles ends. It explains that God calls a non-Israelite king, Cyrus, the King of Persia, to return the Israelites from exile and build a new temple since the old one was destroyed when the Israelites were exiled.

This is an account of all the Israelites left who needed to move back to their own land.

  • 3:2 – Zerubbabel and Shealtiel were both in Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew.
  • 3:8 – The Levite men were in charge of overseeing the construction of the temple, but considering how long they had been in captivity, some of them would have never seen the original temple.
  • 3:11 – We see this sentence used in praise over and over, particularly in the Psalms

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