Ezra 1:1-11 – Something In The Way He Moves
God moves both King Cyrus of Persia and the Israelites in exile to build a second Temple in Jerusalem.
Ezra 2:1-70 – When Jews Come Marching Home Again, Hurrah! Hurrah!
42,360 exiles march 900 miles over a period of four months to return to Jerusalem.
Ezra 3:1-13 – Temple Tantrum
Some of the old men who had seen the splendor of the first Temple wept aloud with disappointment at the simplicity of the second Temple.
Ezra 4:1-5:5 – Weapons Of Mass Discouragement
Ezra lists the many strategies Israel’s enemies used to discourage them from building the Temple.
Ezra 5:6-6:12 – Persian Pen Letter
Two Persian officials pen a letter to King Darius to determine if the Jews have permission to rebuild their Temple.
Ezra 6:13-22 – The Stone Temple Prophets
The prophets Haggai & Zechariah encourage the Israelites as they work to complete their stone and timber Temple.
Ezra 7:1-28 – He Wanna Hold Your Hand
Six times in the next two chapters, Ezra describes “the good hand of his God” upon him.
Ezra 8:1-36 – Living In A Camp, Down By The River
Before setting out for Jerusalem, Ezra makes camp for three days by the river.
Ezra 9:1-15 – The Trouble With Trembles
The returned exiles who listened to Ezra teach God’s Word are described as “trembling”.
Ezra 10:1-44 – The Worst Wives Club
The Israelites who married pagan women are told that they must divorce them.
Nehemiah 1:1-11 – The Gate Awakening
Nehemiah is greatly moved upon hearing that the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and that its gates are burned with fire.
Nehemiah 2:1-8 – I See A Sad Mood Rising
Nehemiah’s sadness prompts the king to ask him what is wrong with him.
Nehemiah 2:9-20 – Gate Expectations
Not knowing exactly what to expect, Nehemiah goes from gate-to-gate along Jerusalem’s ruined wall.
Nehemiah 3:1-32 – Where You Gonna Wall? Gate Builders!
The Israelites are assigned certain sections of the wall and specific gates to repair.