Ezra 1& 2

  1. First, what definite acts of God can be seen in bringing about this return to Jerusalem?
    With 1:1, cf. Jer. 29:10.
    Then fill in the outline given here by trying to imagine the feelings and actions of the people concerned.
    Note, e.g., 1:5,6; 1:7-11; the links with specific ‘home towns’ and positions; the claims in 2:59-63; the scene in 2:64-67; and the generosity and contentment of 2:68-70.
  2. In the light of these two chapters, meditate on Josh. 23:14.