We’re seven chapters into Ezra and we finally get to see the priest that the book was named after. We see King Artaxerxes give Ezra the charge to take men from Israel to go back to Jerusalem with money, offerings, gold/silver and make offerings up to God on Israel’s behalf. Not only that but he gave him the charge to set up magistrates and judges to get ready for the people of God to go back to their home after being in exile. What a joyful thing to hear from the king. And what a responsibility to have if you’re Ezra. A responsibility he was ready for not only because he was looked upon as a man of God but a man of God’s Word.
Notice v. 10 in this chapter:
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.
I reread this verse several times as I read this chapter. I’d be a few passages in and I’d go back to it, each time God reminding me that Ezra was ready for such a task because he knew how important it was because of the study of His law. Ezra set his heart to study the book that showed the importance of the offerings and the sacrifices. He memorized and dwelled upon the laws so he could obey them and teach them, knowing that they pointed back to a perfect God for an imperfect people.
I think sometimes we’re not up to the tasks God gives us because our heart is not set on God’s Word like Ezra was. We don’t see the importance of His ministry because we don’t spend enough time studying God’s Word concerning His ministry. I know that I’m at my best as a missionary and shepherd when I’m regularly studying God’s Word because it shows me the importance of these roles. The same goes for all of you.
Do you study God’s Word beyond this 10 minute devotional?
Maybe it’s time to do that very thing so that you will be ready for the ministry before you.
By: Erik Koliser