Ezra 7

We finally get to know this guy that the book is named after – Ezra.  Chapter 7 starts with a little lineage lesson on him.  He shows up while Artaxerxes is on the thrown.  Scripture tells us he was connected all the way back to Aaron the high priest.  In the Message version – after the list of his great, greats back 16 generations it says this:  “That’s Ezra”.  Does your lineage define you?  Do you even know who your relatives are more than a generation or two back?  I have spent some time doing geneology and trying to track some of it down for my family.  It is a lot of work but I do enjoy the research.  I must say that the Internet certainly has made it much easier than it once was.  When I first started doing it back in the 80’s there was no computer, no software and no Internet.  Research was slow, it had to be written down and of course with every change it had to be redone.  No delete key on paper.  Heritage does matter.  The facts are we can’t change the past.  But we can determine the future.  Some day you will be in the list of lineage for your future offspring.  Is the result going to be what Ezra experienced?  Check out what scripture says: “Because GOD’s hand was on Ezra, the king gave him everything he asked for”.  Oh yeah, that is what I want for myself and the generations that come after me.  I want my grandson Micah to have God’s hand on him.  Certainly some of that happens because of the life of the person, but the heritage of the past also matters.  We need to keep that in mind.  What we do impacts people for years to come.  Ezra takes off for Jerusalem and gets there “under the generous guidance of his God”.  Note the personal relationship here.  Ezra knows God.  God knows Ezra and leads him back to Jerusalem.  God wants the same from us.  He wants us to know Him and spend time so He becomes our God.  When that happens He will give us “generous guidance” as well.  He doesn’t want us wandering aimlessly in the desert.  He just wants us to be in relationship so He can put His hand all over us.  Is He touching you?

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