“Set our hearts…”

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 7:1-10

 Now after this, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah,  son of Shallum, son of Zadok, son of Ahitub,  son of Amariah, son of Azariah, son of Meraioth,  son of Zerahiah, son of Uzzi, son of Bukki,  son of Abishua, son of Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the chief priest—this Ezra went up from Babylonia. He was a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that the LORD, the God of Israel, had given, and the king granted him all that he asked, for the hand of the LORD his God was on him.   And there went up also to Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king, some of the people of Israel, and some of the priests and Levites, the singers and gatekeepers, and the temple servants.  And Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.   For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylonia, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, for the good hand of his God was on him.   For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

Set our hearts, O Lord, to study your word; to do it and to teach it.  May we be found faithful and able.  May the hand of our God be upon us to show favor even in a land hostile to your teachings.  May the truth found in your word, O Lord, be made manifest; revealed to your people.  May it be received with gladness and may the ears, eyes and hearts of our people be opened to receive and understand your word and your ways.  Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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