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Posted by Lorraine Serra on October 9, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Hey, everybody.  I hope you have had a chance to read Ezra and consider the questions I posted for you.   When we study God's Word, there a couple of ways to go about it.


First, we can research, by reading commentaries to see what scholars and theologians have written.  That's fine, because none of us, to my knowledge, is a Bible scholar!!


But, we can also do an "inductive" study.  That means, pray and read and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you.  You see, since the Holy Spirit indwells each believer, we are all capable of being instruments of His wisdom.  Yeah, God!


So, as I have invited everyone to share what you learn, it is not meant to intimidate anyone. On the contrary!  God uses each of our unique personalites and experiences to bring clarity and meaning to our study.   Put yourself into the passage.  What does it speak to you?  What would you be feeling in the situation?  Either as one of the key individuals, or as an observer?  What lesson is there to be applied to our lives today, here and now?


I am always so blessed by hearing the "whisperings of God's Spirit" through the insights of others.   Please join in the discussion!


Have a blessed day.



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Reply Lorraine Serra
9:07 PM on October 15, 2010 
Hey Val,
I hear your heart. It is such a journey to become who God wants us to be. He wants to use us, mold us, chisel us and conform us to His likeness. Man, it's sometimes so hard!! Galations 5 which teaches us to be full of the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Isn't amazing that all those fruits can be exhibited ao uniquely in each one of us? I know He honors our desire to be a witness, even at times in a quiet way. You are so right.....we should never allow fear to interfere with our pursuit of Jesus.
God bless you, Val. I'm thanking God for you!
Reply Val
12:00 PM on October 12, 2010 
I used to be a go getter.... I wasn't afraid to say whatever was on my mind, or at least I didn't feel like I was. As I came closer to the Lord, I also married a quiet man. Two thing happened in my life:
1. I found that when he spoke people listened. Their was wisdom in my husbands silence.
2. I found the my quickness to speak was not always a good thing.

Now I find that in pulling myself back, I have suppressed the nature in which God created me. Their is a fine line.... But if not careful, my suppressing has often lead me to fall behind in my walk with the Lord.

How does this relate to our current study? "Despite their fear...they built...to the Lord" What is the fear(s) that is keeping us from building for the Lord. I wanted to be wise like my husband and have often lost the nature of myself and what God wants from ME. We don't have to be someone else. Yes we need to grow and watching my tongue was a needed trait but anything can go to far the other way. All to say, We must not let our fear get in the way of doing what God wants us to do.
Reply Lorraine Serra
1:53 PM on October 11, 2010 
Thanks for your input, Linda. You make a great observation...God kept His promise and preserved His people and the temple items. Why in the world would those temple items still be around after 70 years in captivity!?!? I can understand the people, the remnant, but the stuff??
I agree with you, in our adversity we are on our knees more earnestly. God knew adversity would get Israel's attention.
I am also looking forward to other responses. God bless! Love ya!
Reply Linda
11:18 PM on October 10, 2010 
Thanks for stretching us. I couldn't seem to find a commentary (eeks) so I'll share my thoughts.
1. The list: God preserved all those people during their captivity like He promised! Most had proof of their ethnicity and their families stayed intact. Their lineage was especially important because of the promised Messiah. Even the temple items were preserved and given back to Israel. Only God's prompting of hearts could have accomplished this!
2. I was thinking that being afraid, back in Israel, without the protection of the temple and the walls would be a realistic reaction. In their fear, they did the right thing, spending their time seeking the Lord in worship. Don't we tend to diligently seek the Lord in our adversity more than any other time? Looking forward to other responses.... Blessings, Linda