A. Some facts about Ezra:
I. Being as Ezra in Preparing
B. Romans 15:4 “For whatsoever things were
written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience
and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
1. Ezra was a priest after the lineage
of Aaron (Ezra 7:1-5).
3. Ezra was the writer of I Chronicles, II Chronicles,
2. Ezra 7:6 shows:
a. He was a ready [quick, able,
skilled] scribe [one who recounts] in the Law of Moses (or a ready writer
– Psalms 45:1).
b. He left the comforts of the palace he
was in at Babylon to go to Jerusalem (v.6-7). He, like Moses (Hebrews
11:24-26), chose to help his people even if that was not in the best of
his physical interests.
c. The King granted him all his requests
similar to that as Joseph, Daniel, Esther and Nehemiah had done to them.
d. Ezra recognized God’s hand in all things
(7:6; 9; 26).
a. Interestingly, Ezra appears to
write in the third person from Ezra 7:1-10:1.
4. Nehemiah also testifies of the work of Ezra
1. Looking at the Old Testament
examples such as Ezra makes for a good learning tool for application of
the attitudes that please God.
C. Text: Ezra 7:10 “For Ezra had prepared
his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel
statutes and judgments.”
A. The Bible shows us many things
we do that involves our hearts:
II. Being as Ezra in Seeking
the Law of the Lord
1. It is with the heart that man
believes (Romans 10:10).
B. All things that the heart does points to
obedience (Romans 6:17).
2. It is the heart of man that thinks [as
Christ points out here] (Matthew 9:4).
a. Good or bad (Matthew 12:35).
3. It is from the heart man speaks (Matthew
b. Matthew 15:18-19
4. Forgiveness is from the heart (Matthew
5. It is with our hearts that we reason
6. It is with the heart that man purposes
(II Corinthians 9:7).
7. It is with the heart we can condemn ourselves
(I John 3:21).
8. It is with the heart that man desires
9. It is with the heart that man sorrows
a. Sorrow leads to repentance II
10. The heart loves (I Timothy 1:5).
a. It is love the produces obedience
1. This is the reason we must be
like Ezra and prepare our hearts properly to fully dedicate ourselves to
the Lord (Mark 12:28-30).
C. The outward actions of man and his heart
can differ (Psalms 55:21).
2. Where our treasures are there will our
hearts be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
1. But God knows our hearts:
a. Psalms 69:5
b. Hebrews 4:13
A. If we seek to know God’s law
we show the attitude of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 15:16).
III. Being as Ezra in Doing
the Law of the Lord
1. This attitude is the attitude
Jesus spoke of (Matthew 5:6).
B. A lack of seeking the law of the Lord was
a major problem for God’s people throughout the Old Testament:
2. It is the bread of life we seek (Matthew
1. Hosea 4:1-6
C. We need to desire the pure word of God (I
2. Isaiah 5:13
1. The word desire in this verse
means: “to long for, desire to pursue with love, to long after…” – Thayer
Strong’s # 1971
2. The Bible commands us to study (II Timothy
2:15), but is should not be just fulfilling the command, we should desire
A. To obey the Lord you have to
be willing to be obedient.
IV. Being as Ezra in Teaching
the Law of the Lord
1. Luke 6:46
B. The one who hears and does the word of God
is the one who will be saved:
2. Follow carefully the law (Deuteronomy
1. James 1:21-25
C. If you fail to obey God there will be consequences:
2. Matthew 7:24-27
1. Numbers 15:32-36
2. II Samuel 6:6-7
3. Leviticus 10:1-2
4. John 12:48
A. The first century saints worked
hard at teaching:
1. Acts 5:42
B. We should be excited to share the saving
Gospel of Christ (Acts 20:24).
2. Acts 19:8-10
3. Acts 20:20
1. Without preaching no one will
be saved (Romans 10:14-17).
C. Can you be as other Godly men of the Old
Testament such as Isaiah or Jeremiah?
2. The cure for sin is in your hands, will
you share it (Mark 16:15-16; cf. Acts 2:38)?
1. Isaiah 6:8-10
2. Jeremiah 20:9
A. Today we need to prepare our
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1. Seek the law of the Lord (John
B. In doing these things:
2. Do the law of the Lord (Matthew 7:21).
3. Teach the law of the Lord (Matthew 28:19-20).
1. We will grow spiritually.
2. We will be upward bound.
3. Others will be taught and converted.
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