In Psalm 1:3 the person whose delight is the law of the Lord is compared to a tree planted by streams of water. Fresh streams result in fruitful seasons and healthy growth. Being Grounded in Truth & Growing in Grace provides the same spiritual benefits. The constant stream of truth from God’s word, coupled with His grace provides healthy spiritual growth - Christ in us, the result of the cross. Truth and grace are essential ingredients as we seek to make disciples of one another at LJBC and of others within our sphere of influence.
Ezra and Nehemiah, one book in the Hebrew Old Testament, are divided into two books in our modern Bibles. The book bearing Ezra’s name begins with the excitement and anticipation of Judah and Benjamin being freed from their Babylonian exile after 70 years. They encounter struggles and obstacles at the hands of their enemies who were less than excited about the Jews returning to rebuild temple of the Lord. But, the book of Ezra ends on the sad note that many of the Jews who had returned to their land had again intermarried with women from forbidden nations (Exodus 34.11-16). While Ezra records the activities associated with the building of the temple, Nehemiah records the events around rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah encounters obstacles just as Ezra did.
Nehemiah's activities also include another significant biblical emphasis, that of the second coming of our Lord. “Nehemiah’s account begins in 445 BC, and this date is important because the prophet Daniel, a contemporary of Ezra and Nehemiah, wrote the “70 weeks of years” prophecy found in Daniel 9:24-27, based on a very specific date—March 15, 445 BC. This date is crucial to the beginning of the prophecy as it starts the prophetic timeline, which ends with the second coming of Jesus Christ.”
While Ezra and Nehemiah are books written about Old Testament activities, they offer their modern day readers many spiritual lessons. These two men were blessed by God and were warriors for their God. Join us in the remaining messages of Nehemiah. Our Ezra messages can be accessed by clicking the “Sermons” tab and selecting the passage you desire to hear.
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