Ezra's Enigma, God and Government: Eternal Principles

God & Government – Part-XV: Ezra’s EnigmaWho can say what went wrong?

God’s Priority of Commands

And God said unto them [Adam & Eve], Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth, SUBDUE it, and have DOMINION!- God Almighty (Gen 1:28)

Behold, I have given you every HERB-bearing seed,which is upon the face of all the Earth, and every TREE, in the which is the FRUIT of a tree, yielding SEED;to you it shall be for meat. - God Almighty (Gen 1:29)

Finally! After hundreds of thousands of millions of billions of trillions of years – the MOST HIGH GOD is able to look His creation in the eye for the FIRST time – and share His great WISDOM for humanity!

Surely God’s first WORDS, first COMMANDS, first TEACHINGS, and first COMMUNICATION with the FIRST creatures HE has made for His own pleasure are of significance which cannot be overstated.

What were God’s forever-planned FIRST WORDS to His People: That He loves them? That He is their ‘Father-in-Heaven? That He will not allow anything to come upon them that is greater than they can bear? (I Cor 10:13) That no matter how badly they fail, ‘all things will work together for good’ (Rom 8:28), that He will NEVER LEAVE them nor FORSAKE them? (Heb 13:5).

What great SPIRITUAL Law, SPIRITUAL Truth, or SPIRITUAL Wisdom, would our GREAT GOD teach first?United For Christ! © COPYRIGHT 2008

900] [9-22-08] What was missing from the Nehemiah that did not last, that God did not bless, allowing capture with in few years?

EZRA 539 BC First Jews Return with Zerubbabel 536-520 BC Work on Temple stopped 458 BC Second group returns with Ezra 445 BC Nehemiah returns to build wall in 52 days 442-430 Neheiah – Governor of Israel

901] [9-22-08] Lineage of Temple Slaves Nethinims,, in Ezra: 392

902] [9-22-08] Levites without affirmed lineage are barred from Priesthood, as polluted

903] [9-22-08] Dishonor in Aramaic is ‘Nakedness’

904] [9-22-08] Chancellor Eza 4.17 Lord owner

905] [9-22-08] Ezr 4:20 There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all countries beyond the river; and toll, tribute, and custom, was paid unto them.

906] [9-22-08] Haggai & Zechariah, prophesied in days of Ezra, Darius & Artaxerxes

Ezr 5:1 Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them.

907] [9-22-08] Zerubbabel defies King’s orders, breaks law and begins to work on the Second Temple

Ezr 5:2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.

Ezr 5:5 But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter.

908] [9-22-08] Ezr 5:14 those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor;

909] [9-22-08] Ezr 6:14 And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.

910] [9-22-08] Ezr 7:6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given:

and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.

Ezr 7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

911] [9-22-08]Ezr 7:12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.

Ezr 7:18 And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, and to thy brethren, to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, that do after the will of your God.

912] [9-22-08] Ezr 7:21 And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily,

Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons? 7.23

913] [9-22-08] Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them.

914] [9-22-08] And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge * all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not. 7.25

Ezr 7:25

915] [9-22-08] Ezr 7:26 And whosoever will not do * the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.

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916] [9-22-08] Ezr 7:27 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem:

Ezr 7:28 And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.

917] [9-22-08] Most of what is know of Israel’s Return is known from Ezra:

918] [9-22-08] Iddo, the Prophet slave

Ezr 8:17 And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told * them what they should say unto Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims *, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God.

919] [9-22-08] Ezr 8:20 Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name.

92] [9-22-08] Ezr 8:22 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.

92] [9-22-08] lieutenants, Ezra 8.36 Satrap

92] [9-22-08] Ezra 9 Ezra’s Remorse over Israel’s sins 520 BC

Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. 9.1

For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass. 9.2And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied.9.3Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice. 9.4

And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, 9.5

92] [9-22-08] Ezr 10:3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.

92] [9-22-08] Ezra commands attendance at forced assembly as threat of poverty & banishmentEzr 10:7 And they made proclamation * throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;

Ezr 10:8 And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away.

92] [9-22-08] Ezr 10:9 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this matter,

92] [9-22-08] Ezr 10:11 Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.

Ezr 10:12 Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do.

92] [9-22-08] Ezr 10:14 Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all them which have taken strange wives in our cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter be turned from us.

92] [9-22-08] Ezr 10:16 And the children of the captivity did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and all of them by their names, were separated, and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter.

92] [9-22-08] Ezr 10:18 And among the sons of the priests there were found that had taken strange wives: namely, of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah.

Ezr 10:19 And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and being guilty, they offered


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