An accounting…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Ezra 2:1-42

Now these were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried captive to Babylonia. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town.

They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel: the sons of Parosh, 2,172. The sons of Shephatiah, 372. The sons of Arah, 775.  The sons of Pahath-moab, namely the sons of Jeshua and Joab, 2,812. The sons of Elam, 1,254. The sons of Zattu, 945. The sons of Zaccai, 760.  The sons of Bani, 642. The sons of Bebai, 623.  The sons of Azgad, 1,222.  The sons of Adonikam, 666.  The sons of Bigvai, 2,056. The sons of Adin, 454.  The sons of Ater, namely of Hezekiah, 98.  The sons of Bezai, 323. The sons of Jorah, 112. The sons of Hashum, 223.  The sons of Gibbar, 95. The sons of Bethlehem, 123.  The men of Netophah, 56.  The men of Anathoth, 128.   The sons of Azmaveth, 42.  The sons of Kiriath-arim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, 743.  The sons of Ramah and Geba, 621.  The men of Michmas, 122.  The men of Bethel and Ai, 223.  The sons of Nebo, 52. The sons of Magbish, 156.   The sons of the other Elam, 1,254. The sons of Harim, 320.  The sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, 725.  The sons of Jericho, 345.  The sons of Senaah, 3,630.  The priests: the sons of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, 973.  The sons of Immer, 1,052.   The sons of Pashhur, 1,247.  The sons of Harim, 1,017.  The Levites: the sons of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the sons of Hodaviah, 74.  The singers: the sons of Asaph, 128. The sons of the gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, and the sons of Shobai, in all 139.

And the list continues; an accounting of the restoration of God.  Does God keep records? What implications does that hold for us?

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