Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

I’ve always read the books of Ezra and Nehemiah as if the events happened seamlessly, one after another and, to be honest, a little bit “by magic.” I have always taken it for granted that God somehow just “did something” and that everything happened pretty quickly. This time through, I took a deeper look into the story – into the details and the drama –  for the miraculous ways God worked through (instead of “in spite of”) history and people.

Here is what I have explored:

  • the timeline for the events
  • Jeremiah’s (and several other prophets’) influence
  • the interaction between the Jewish and non-Jewish leaders. (How did a defeated and deported people gain so much influence?)
  • what these events mean in light of Jesus’ teaching on the Kingdom of God
You can read what I found here.
For other materials related to "living in the world," check here.

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