Bible Reading Coach, Week 21 (Ezra & Nehemiah) Returning and Rebuilding

What happens when God’s people cooperate under a God-given plan? These books tell us about it in one of the great collaborations in the entire Bible.

When God’s people follow God’s will, we can overcome any enemy – even if we have to build with one hand while holding a sword in the other. But first, we have to overcome our own tendency toward selfishness.

In this week’s reading of Ezra and Nehemiah, the 70 years of exile are over, the people start to return, and a whole lot of time passes in a short number of chapters. The reasons for that, and the problems created by it are what we cover in this episode.

Also note:

  • The book of Ezra is when the Hebrews/Israelites are called Jews for the first time
  • Our church buildings are NOT the New Testament parallel to the Old Testament temple
  • After this time, idolatry will never be a problem for the Jews again

The Bible Reading Coach podcast is designed to help anyone read through the Bible in a year. In 10-15 minutes each Friday, I’ll introduce you to the passage for the following week, including:

  • What it’s about
  • How to deal with challenging passages
  • How the original readers saw it
  • How it applies today
  • And much more

After listening, take the next week to read the passage on your own. This time you’ll have a clearer understanding of it.

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