Their restoration the work of God's mercy. Great spiritual blessings promised.
Background Scripture: Ezekiel 36-37 and Titus 3:1-11.
But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.
But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes. O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.
And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the LORD God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their (your) eyes.
I will accept you with your sweet savour (savour of rest), when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.
For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me: and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.
And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever (all days), for the good of them, and of their children after them:
And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Reference summary used from The SouthWestern Co., Publishers & Booksellers, Nashville, Tennessee
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Friday, May 31, 2013
Ezra 3,6,8, Nehemiah 8,9,12,13, Sunday School Lesson, Jews, Sheshbazzar, Zerubbabel, Joshua, high priest, Cyrus, Temple, Darius, Joshua, Babylon, Ezra's prayer,Confession, Religion, restoration, Law, Feast of Tabernacle, Levites, Covenant, Jerusalem, dedication,abuses
My Sunday School Lesson is coming from the Books of Ezra & Nehemiah starting June 30,2013 - August 25, 2013.
These books were regarded in ancient times as one.
They may be divided into four parts: 1. Ezra 1-6 describes the first return of the Jews under Sheshbazzar or Zerubbabel and Joshua, the high priest, in the first year of Cyrus (536 B.C.), and the rebuilding of the temple (516 B.C.)... 2. Ezra 7-10 narrates the second migration from Babylon under Ezra, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes Longimaus (458-457 B.C.), and includes Ezra's prayer and confession.
Nehemiah 8-13 describes the combined efforts of Ezra & Nehemiah to effect the restoration of religion,including the solemn reading of the Law, the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, the confession of the Levites, a list of the inhabitants of Jerusalem and other cities, the dedication of the walls, and the removal of certain abuses.
Sunday - June 30, 2013 - Celebrating What Is Meaningful - Ezra 3:1-7
Commencement Of The Rebuilding Of The Temple (Ezra 3:1-4:24)
Sunday - July 7, 2013 - Finding Joy in Restoration - Ezra 3:8-13
Sunday - July 14, 2013 - Celebrating with Joy - Ezra 6:13-22
Completion Of The Rebuilding Of The Temple (Ezra 5:1-6:2)
Sunday - July 21, 2013 - Preparing for a Journey - Ezra 8:21-23
Return of More Jewish Exiles Under Ezra (Ezra 7:1-8:36)
July 28, 2013 - Generous Gifts - Ezra 8:24-30
Sunday - August 4, 2013 - Great Rejoicing - Nehemiah 8:13-18
The Reading & Exposition Of The Law (Nehemiah 7:73b-8:18)
August 11, 2013 - Admitting Shortcomings - Nehemiah 9:2,6-7, 9-10, 30-36
The Renewal Of The Covenant (Nehemiah 9:1-1039)
August 18, 2013 - Taking Pride in Accomplishment - Nehemiah 12:27-36;38,43
The Dedication Of Jerusalem's Walls (Nehemiah 12:27-43)
August 25, 2013 - Getting It Right - Nehemiah 13:15-22
Nehemiah's Second Period of Administration (Nehemiah 13:1-31)
Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible & Zondervan Bible Commentary