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The Book of Ezra (6 of 8)
Dr. Harley Howard
1. Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia,
Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,
2 The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,
3 The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,
4 The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,
5 The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the
son of Aaron the chief priest:
A gap of about 57 years took place between the events of the 6th
and 7th chapter. Also it is important to note that in the genealogy of
Ezra we find that is goes all the way back to Aaron the High Priest.
This means that he was qualified to teach God's people His law or
6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he [was] a ready scribe in
the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the
king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD
his God upon him.
He was skilled as a teacher in the matters of the law of Moses.
Ezra was well versed in his knowledge of the word of God as well
as in his teaching. God gave favor to Ezra by way of the pagan
king, who gave him everything that he asked for, because the Lord
was with him.
7 And there went up [some] of the children of Israel, and of the
priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the
Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the
8 And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which [was] in the
seventh year of the king.
9 For upon the first [day] of the first month began he to go up from
Babylon, and on the first [day] of the fifth month came he to
Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him.
What we see in verses 7-10 is a summary of what the rest of
chapter 7 and chapter 8 will describe in detail. Notice the latter
portion of verse 9, "according to the good hand of ...
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