This week, we move to the end of Babylonian captivity, as Cyrus of Persia sends people home after conquering the empire So, God’s people go home. But home to what? The Temple was destroyed, as was the wall that protected the city from invaders. What will become of God’s people? Let’s find out this week, starting with Ezra.
Perspective on the captivity…
The warnings from God concerning their idolatry began much earlier than the Books of Kings. God gives clear warning that it would happen in Leviticus 26:33-39, and again in Deuteronomy 4:27. Despite his own guilt in idolatry, Solomon knew of it for certain, as the Lord told him after he built the Temple in 1 Kings 9:1-7. In his prayer of dedication in the previous chapter (specifically 1 Kings 8:46-50), Solomon had asked that if they are carried away captive and repent, that God will hear their plea, and “maintain their cause.” As for how God will maintain their cause, we read some last week – the promise of the Messiah. This week, we will see what is in their immediate future.
Each weekend, I am now posting a small PDF of one week of chapter summaries (on the website’s “Summaries” page), current to the beginning of the previous week. I have posted the summary for Week 27 (July Week 1) of the schedule I am following. This short PDF document contains condensed comments about 2 Kings 23, 24, 25, and Daniel 1 and 2, with hyperlinks to the ESV version of each chapter for listening or reading, and joins the summaries for other weeks already posted there.
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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog. All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility. When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Bible Reading Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com. For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.