Heroes #2 – Ezra the Scribe:
“This Ezra came up from Babylon; and he was a skilled scribe in the Law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given. The king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him…For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.” (Ezra 7:6,10).
QUICK TAKE ON EZRA: “Ezra details the Israelites to the land of Judah after their captivity in Babylon. The book opens with the return of a large group of exiles and the rebuilding of the Temple under Zerubbabel.” (The Spirit Filled Life Bible).
Ezra is a model to us of a scribe, a student of the Scriptures. Second Timothy 2:15 says that we are all called to, “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” God wants us all to be students of the Scriptures! There are two things Ezra teaches us about being Bible students: one is his preparation, and the other is his process.
1. EZRA’S PREPARATION:
The first thing we learn about Ezra is that he “had prepared his heart.” This is the first and most important step if we want to be students of the Scripture. First Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Because the Bible is a spiritual book, it can only truly be understood by someone who has been born again. When you sit down to read your Bible, there are two ways you can prepare your heart. The first way is by confessing your sins to the Lord, and the second is by praying and asking for God to give you wisdom. A prayer I often pray when I’m reading the Bible is “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, would give to me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of my understanding would be enlightened.” (Ephesians 1:17-18). The next time you sit down to read your Bible, make sure you prepare your heart first.
2. EZRA’S PROCESS:
The second thing we learn about Ezra is that he had a process of Bible study that we would be wise to follow. The Bible says that the hand of the Lord His God was upon Him which means that Ezra had favour from God, because he was doing something right. Therefore, let us follow his example not only in the preparation of our hearts, but also in the process of Bible study that Ezra gives to us.
- Ezra Studied the Bible: The first thing that Ezra did was that he studied the Bible – he sought the law of the Lord. God has called us to “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” (1 Peter 2:2).
- Ezra Obeyed the Bible: The second thing that Ezra did was that he obeyed the Bible. God didn’t give us the Bible to satisfy our curiosity, but to change our lives. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22).
- Ezra Taught the Bible: The third thing that Ezra did was that he taught the Bible to others. He knew it wasn’t good enough to just study the Bible and obey it. He knew that God wanted him to share His truth with others. Like Paul told Timothy, “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2).
Ezra is a model to us of a scribe, a student of the Scriptures. He teaches us the importance of both the preparation of our hearts, and the three step process of studying, obeying, and teaching the Bible to others. I want to challenge you to share these devotionals with your friends, and share with others all of the things that the Lord teaches you. If you’re a blogger, reblog this post. If you’re an e-mail subscriber, forward the e-mail on to your friends. Share the Word!
Pastor Chris Jordan