Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Comments on
Ezra, whose name means “help,” wrote an account of the restoring
work of God in bringing some of the Jews back to Jerusalem.
His mission was to give help in the service of the temple and to
establish the law of God to rule in the land. This is a necessary
book for our own days, when those who desire a return to the
worship of God according to Scripture can expect opposition. Their
faith will be rewarded if they are steadfast and stand fi rmly for the
true principles of God.
Nehemiah followed Ezra by about thirteen years in going to
Jerusalem, stirred through news he had received of the decayed
condition of the city. Nehemiah is a book which illustrates the fact
that true devotedness to God on the part of His saints, and their
purpose of heart to build a wall of separation, will meet with bitter
opposition from the enemy. Yet however small and despised such
a testimony may appear in man’s eyes, their lowly faith in a day of
confusion is precious to God.
The Book of Esther occurs during the time period between chapters
6 and 7 of the Book of Ezra. It deals with the Jews during the
time of their captivity, hidden among the nations, yet cared for
providentially by the God whom they disobeyed. God’s name is not
found in the book: He is also hidden because of their disobedience.
Esther not only shows in type God’s future deliverance of the Jews
but also illustrates God’s dealings now with any believer who is
disobedient. We can glean much spiritual profi t for ourselves in
this Old Testament gem.
Softcover - Author: L. M. Grant