My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Ezra 8

Ezra's journey

About 1500 men from many families came with Ezra to Jerusalem.

Ezra noticed he had a shortage of Levites with him, so he sent out for more. Before they left they fasted and prayed for safety. He put the gold and silver in the hands of the priests and Levites for keeping until they got to Jerusalem.

When they safely got to Jerusalem, they rested for three days before they worked, and they made a great offering to God.

Key verse:
22. I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, "The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him."

My thoughts:
You almost feel that Ezra regrets saying that God will protect them. It's that often the case. We rely on God in what we say, but when it comes down to actually acting on that, we suddenly begin to doubt our faith. Ezra has full right to be afraid. They journey is dangerous, but ultimately he trusted God, and God got him there safely.


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