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.