Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,
says Yahweh of Hosts. Zechariah 4:6
Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors,
That the King of Glory may come in! Who is this King of Glory?
Yahweh of Hosts: He is the King of Glory. Psalm 24:9-10
BACKGROUND NOTE: Ezra continues the Old Testament narrative of Second Chronicles by showing how God fulfills his promise to return his people to the Land of Promise after seventy years of exile. Two returns from Babylon are related--the first led by Zerubbabel and the second under the leadership of Ezra.
Cyrus issued a proclamation that any Jew who desired to return to Jerusalem from his exile in Babylon could. The reason behind this proclamation was that Yahweh had given Cyrus himself a command. What was that command?
When the priests needed guidance, what means did they use to know Yahweh's will?
When the Jews began work on the foundation for the temple, the governor of the region tried to halt the work. Who was this man?
The returning Jews met opposition from the people living in the land at that time. In consequence, the work on the temple stopped until the reign of what king?
Ezra returned to Jerusalem during the reign of which Persian king?
Who led the first group of Jews back to Jerusalem?
Not long after arriving in Jerusalem, Ezra learns that the Jews have taken foreign wives, the leaders and rulers being foremost in this sin. How did Ezra respond to this news?
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