by Wally Fry
Monday, March 11
Those Who Returned with Ezra
“These are now the chief of their fathers, and this is the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king,” Ezra 8:1.
When the Jews returned to Jerusalem after seventy years of captivity in Babylon, they did not just all pack up one day and move back; they returned in several stages or waves of returnees. Ezra and the roughly fifteen hundred men, plus families, represented the second wave of those returning. Zerrubabel was the first, Ezra the second and Nehemiah was to be the third. Like those before, Ezra was willing to step out in the face of what must have been extreme uncertainty and execute God’s plan for His people.
It is easy to imagine that many had serious misgivings when various prophets started announcing to…
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