The Hand of God was Upon Ezra

Text: Ezra 7:6-10

Why was God with Ezra?

He Set His Heart

  • Ezra was able to please God because he made a conscious decision to do so
  • Pleasing God does not happen by accident (Matthew 7:13-14)
  • We must make a daily choice to follow God or not (Luke 9:23)

He Studied the Law

  • He was “skilled in the law” (v. 6) — only comes through diligent study
  • We study today to produce faith (Romans 10:17) and to discover God’s will (1 Corinthians 2:10-16)
  • How to approach the Bible

He Practiced the Law

  • God expects obedience from His people (Hebrews 5:9)
  • We are told to be more than hearers — we must be doers (James 1:22)
  • The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous (1 Peter 3:12) — we become righteous by practicing righteousness (1 John 3:7)

He Taught the Law

  • In order to teach, one must first have a good understanding of what he is teaching (1 Timothy 1:6-7)
  • We must teach as Ezra taught (Nehemiah 8:8) — read, explain, cause them to understand

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