Ezra - a passionate scribe

Ezra was a contemporary of Nehemiah (last weeks subject) when most of the Jews were still living in Babylon. He returned to Jersualem with a second group of Jews and was instrumental in re-establishing them a people and calling them back to being the people of God, living by His law. 

What are some of the keys to Ezra's breakthrough that we can learn from?
A. His security...
He knew his identity - we need to live out of identity in Christ.
He knew his calling as a scribe and priest, a teacher of the law.  We are not all called to be teachers but we are all called to something - do you know what it is?
He knew where his strength lay - with God alone.  Yes, we are made whole in Christ, yes we are called, but it is not our own strength we trust, but God's!

B. His passion...
He was passionate about the word of God.  He devoted himself to studying, following & teaching it.  Are we giving oursleves to studying, living & passing on the Word of God?
He was passionate about God's people - that they would stay pure and whole-hearted for him.  What are some of the things that distract us from following him?  Are we prepared to be as ruthless as Ezra in cutting those things away?

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Ed Evans
15 September 2013
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