Saturday, September 08, 2007

Ezra on Success

Ezra was the Hebrew scribe and priest whom Artaxerxes, king of Persia, sent back to Jerusalem to restore the sacrificial system and teaching of the Law of God. Interestingly, Ezra 7:6 states, "the king granted him [Ezra] all that he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him." Further, in verses 9-10, we see why Ezra had success in Persia:
For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylonia, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, for the good hand of his God was on him. For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

This applies so easily to the seminary students among us; we study--it is required of us to earn our degree. But do we set our hearts to study and do the Law of the Lord? Do we study and do it for a purpose? Do we study and do it so that we may teach faithfully?

Challenged to study and obey,



Mary said...

This is a great's so easy to get bogged down in the assignments and get discouraged with hundreds of pages to read and paper after paper to turn in. But I know Wes has said that when he remembers that this is all for a purpose, the road is much easier (and enjoyable) to travel.

S. Todd Young said...

Thanks for the comment! I agree, and at the same time, I am challenged to further obedience! How often do we think we are obeying, yet we fail to probe God's Word for further application... How grateful I am for God's grace!