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A heart to study the Word | Ezra 7:8-10 (ESV)

8 And Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. 9 For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylonia, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, for the good hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

Ezra 7:8-10 (ESV)

4 month journey

It took Ezra and his cohorts four months to walk from Babylon back to Jerusalem. It was a real journey of faith, as we’ll see in Ezra 8:21-23. How could they make it? In verse 9 we see the reason – yet another example of the hand of God we referred to yesterday

Even though this section is written in the 3rd person, this chapter is where Ezra takes over narrating the events – especially as we’ll see when it switches to first person of the chapter.

Ezra the scribe

In the September 11 post, we touched on Ezra the man and how he was blessed by God. Why was “the good hand of his God [was] on him”? Verse 10 holds the answer. Ezra was the man in Psalm 1:2, “But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, And on His Law he meditates day and night.” Not only did he study it, but obeyed it, he applied what he knew. He also taught it.

Handling the Word

How do we handle the Word of God? Do we value it? Do we believe and follow it? Do we know it? A good measure of where our heart is, our passion, our delight is where we spend our time and money. In this case, how much time do you invest reading, studying, meditating on His Word? 

Knowing and understanding the Word is surely the first, important step. Applying and doing it is next. When the Spirit of God speaks to us using the Word, do we listen and obey? Take time now to evaluate how you handle the Word. Pray and make a decision to make a change, by His power.

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