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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“And I, Artaxerxes the king, make a decree to all the treasurers in the province Beyond the River: Whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the Law of the God of heaven, requires of you, let it be done with all diligence, up to 100 talents of silver, 100 cors of wheat, 100 baths of wine, 100 baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much. Whatever is decreed by the God of heaven, let it be done in full for the house of the God of heaven, lest his wrath be against the realm of the king and his sons. We also notify you that it shall not be lawful to impose tribute, custom, or toll on anyone of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the doorkeepers, the temple servants, or other servants of this house of God.
“And you, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God that is in your hand, appoint magistrates and judges who may judge all the people in the province Beyond the River, all such as know the laws of your God. And those who do not know them, you shall teach. Whoever will not obey the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be strictly executed on him, whether for death or for banishment or for confiscation of his goods or for imprisonment.” Blessed be the LORD, the God of our fathers, who put such a thing as this into the heart of the king, to beautify the house of the LORD that is in Jerusalem, and who extended to me his steadfast love before the king and his counselors, and before all the king’s mighty officers. I took courage, for the hand of the LORD my God was on me, and I gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.
Confirmation is a powerful encourager and stimulator. It motivates and mobilizes. God laid it upon Ezra to study and know His word. Then He moved upon the leadership of that day to provide Ezra with confirmation and the means to carry out his commission. Ezra had set his heart to study God’s word and it didn’t end there. He set his heart to teach it and do it. This was not just knowledge based for knowledge’s sake. It was life changing. It became his life, what he did and further he taught it to others. Powerful enough to get the king’s attention. Let us set our heart to study God’s Word, not just for knowledge but to do it and to teach it. It is not enough to study. It is not enough to teach it. It must be lived. In the living, teaching and study it comes alive. People are drawn to life. Christ is the life in us. It is not enough to study His words, not enough to teach his words, we must live his words. He gives life abundantly and that is not limited to stuff. It encompasses all that life is.
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