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March 25, 2017

A large portion of chapter two is sharing the registry of the faithful family remnant that responded positively to the edict of King Cyrus and the prompting of God to return to Jerusalem. In the registry, there was a priest, Levites, leaders, general population, offsprings of Solomon’s servants, and individuals of questionable genealogical claims.

Ezra chapter one revealed there were Jews who choose to stay in Babylon rather than return to Jerusalem and become involved with the rebuilding project. For those that went, it was a faith walk for they did not know what they would find when they returned, but they were willing to go and do the work.

When the Southern Tribe of Israel was taken into captivity, they were stripped of their worldly goods; however, the remnant returned to Jerusalem with substantial assets. Thus, upon arrival, the chief of the fathers according to their ability gave freely for the rebuilding of the temple.

The last verse in Ezra 2 states, “So the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.” Hence, the returning families settled in their towns and villages of their ancestors; there was no disputing; everyone went to their formerly assigned homestead.

The gleaning points that I received from this chapter are:

  1. God has people that will respond to His call.
  2. God gives seed to the sower.
  3. We are to give according to our ability.
  4. Everyone has an assigned place.



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