December 12, Reading 1 – Ezra 8

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SAA Notes

One of God’s blessings to a church is people of integrity who can handle the temporal affairs of the church well. Let us thank God for His blessings.

SJA Notes

“The hand of our God was on us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy …”

As we reflect God’s faithfulness in our own words and thoughts and deeds, so He continues to be faithful!

We see here in this reading Ezra displaying wisdom and foresight, and most especially faithfulness. He commits their travel and journey to the Lord with humility. He pleads to the Lord for safety. He entrusts the wealth that Artaxerxes had given them into the hands of the priests.

Look at the outworking in this passage of what it means to trust in the Lord. Read and think about Ezra’s behaviour and how he interacts with our God and with those who were around him.

Praise God for His faithfulness to us His people – generation through generation!

* Holy God,

Thank You for saving us Lord – Because of Your great faithfulness and steadfast love we can have life!

Thank You for taking away the just punishment for our sins – Because of Your grace and Your mercy we can be free!

Thank You for sending Your Spirit to dwell within us, Your people – Because of Your building us as living stones we can know You!

Little by little, day by day – Write Your word upon our hearts please dear Lord, that we might grow toward You and know You better.

Amen.

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