Unit 18, Session 5: Ezra Read the Law
February 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Ezra traveled to Jerusalem with a purpose. God’s people had spent 70 years in exile, and
they needed to be reminded how to live. As a scribe, Ezra was an expert on the law of
Moses, and he had “determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord, obey it, and teach
its statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10).
Under Nehemiah’s leadership, the people had rebuilt Jerusalem’s walls. They gathered
together at the Water Gate to hear the law of Moses. Men, women, and children—anyone
who could understand—came to listen to the reading of God’s Word.
From early morning until midday, Ezra read from the book of the law of Moses. He stood
on a high wooden platform where everyone could see and hear him. Ezra opened the
book of the law, and everyone stood up. The Levites helped the listeners understand the
words of the law.
The people reacted strongly to hearing and understanding the law of Moses. Verse 9 says
the people were weeping. The law revealed their sin.
God's Word is powerful. When Ezra read God's Word, the people changed their
ways and loved God more. The Bible says that Jesus is "the Word." Jesus is God
who came to live with people on earth. Jesus has the power to change our hearts.
Help your kids recognize that we cannot meet God’s requirements. We need a Savior.
God sent Jesus to obey the law perfectly and die for our sins. We can trust in Him for
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