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Old Testament Survey The Book Of Ezra

Introduction: Ezra, Nehemiah, Ester, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, all record the return of the Jewish remnant to Palestine and to Jerusalem. About 50 years after the fall of Jerusalem, the Jews came under Persian rule. The Persians were conquered by the Babylonians; now, the Jews were subjects to Babylon.

In 538 B.C., Cyrus issued a decree permitting and encouraging all people in exile, in his domain, to return to their home lands. The first group of Jews were led by Zerubbabel and Joshua in 536 B.C.  Ezra led another group in 458 B.C. and he restored the Law and the rituals.

Most of the nation remained in Babylon on their own free will because they were prospering there. The number that returned to Palestine was a very small percentage of the  exiled people. This is a shame to those who stayed in Babylon. God had prophesied that He would raise up a king that would decree that His people would return to the Land that God had given to them.

The Israelites were 70 years in captivity and God had given them opportunity for them to return to their homeland. This was with the help of three Persian kings: Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes. God uses the leadership of five Godly Jews to build the second Temple and to restore proper worship in Jerusalem. Those five were: Zerubbabel, Joshua, Haggai, Zechariah and Ezra.

The Book of Ezra covers about 80 years of history. Three others Persian kings; Cambyses, Smerdis and Xerxes, have virtually nothing said about them. They cover a 58 year period of history in which these kings tried and failed two times to conquer Greece. This is the same time period in which the events of  the Book of Ester takes place.

  1. The Return Under Zerubbabel
  2. Go to Jerusalem to build the House of the Lord 1:3
  3. we work to build the House of the Lord
  4. there is a building referred to as God’s House – a particular meeting place
  5. there is the building up of the people who make up God’s House
  6. winning souls to Christ and baptizing them
  7. building up of people
  8. building up the numbers of the congregation
  9. building means: to instruct, to encourage
  10. to mold and to shape that we may be like Jesus and do His work
  1. In the Old Testament, the House of the Lord was the Tabernacle in the Wilderness then it

was the Temple

  1. God gave specific instruction on how it was to be built and operated
  2. God gives specific instructions in the New Testament for the Local, New Testament Church
  1. Hindrances To The Work Of The Lord
  2. The people praised God because the Temple was to be restored – Ezra 3:8 & 11-13
  3. The enemies work at destruction – 4:1-5
  4. vs 2- “let us build with you.”
  5. enemies try to get inside the work and destroy it from within
  6. always remember … God builds … satan destroys
  7. vs 3 – the leaders of the people refused to let them “help”
  8. vs 4-5 – the enemies fought from the outside
  9. enemies can be the obvious – N.C.C. & W.C.C. – Communist party; local clergy; associations etc.                           Their goal is to lead all church to become “one”

This breaks down the doctrines of the local church etc.

  1. enemies can be subtle and sly – gossip – sowing discord – undermining of the pastor;                                         undermining of the teachings of the local church – working behind the scenes to                                                 “change” the way the church believes or operates etc.
  1. the enemies purpose is to destroy

NOTE: from the end of chapter 6, till the beginning of chapter 7, there was a 60 year gap. It was here when Zerubbabel dies; at the beginning of chapter 7, Ezra comes to Jerusalem. It is during this 60 year time span when the Book of Ester takes place.

III. The Return Under Ezra

  1. Ezra is their leader – chapter 7
  2. Their journey to Jerusalem – chapter 8
  3. approximately 1,500 priests and head of houses went to Jerusalem with Ezra
  4. an unknown number of women and children also went with him
  5. Sin in the camp
  6. chap. 9:1-2 – lack of separation from the world
  7. the response from Ezra – vs 4-6
  8. he was astonished – vs 4
  9. he begins to pray – vs 5
  10. he is ashamed – vs 6
  11. he blushes  = embarrassment – vs 6
  12. acknowledgment and confession of the peoples sins – vs 6 – 7
  13. Grace – vs 8
  14. God is a God of grace
  15. He revives from sin and bondage
  16. Hope – chapter 10:1-2
  17. when a person repents of their sins and turns back to God – He revives them
  18. Jeremiah 17:7 – Psalms 39:7 – Titus 1:2


Old Testament Survey II samuel

The Forty Year reign Of David

Introduction: In I Samuel, we saw the failure of Eli and Saul. II Samuel gives us the restoring of order through David ascending to the throne as King. David was the greatest king of Israel and his reign was 40 years; from 30 years old until seventy years old. David was also known as a man after God’s own heart:                                              I Samuel 13:14 – Acts 13:22.

Author: The Holy Spirit

Human writer: Samuel

The events recorded in this Book cover a 38 year time period

Division of this Book:

  1. The Triumphs Of David: chaps 1-12
  2. The Troubles Of David: chaps 13-24

Section I -The Triumphs Of David

  1. David First Reigned Over Judah In Hebron – chap. 1-4  (2:4)
  2. No one is to touch God’s anointed – 1:13-16
  3. A long war between David and the heirs of Saul – chaps 2-4 (3:1)
  4. David becomes king over Israel chaps 5-12 (5:3)
  5. David had kinship with them – vs 1
  6. David’s leadership was known and proven – vs 2
  7. He was appointed by God as shepherd and captain – vs 2 “feed my people Israel”
  8. The Davidic Covenant 7:11-16
  9. vs 11 – God will make him a house
  10. vs 13 -16 – the house is for God’s  Name  – the throne established forever
  11. Christ is the fulfillment of this – Hebrews 1:8; Psalms 45:6; Psalms 89:3-4; Isaiah 9:6-7
  12. This is an unconditional covenant
  13. The Davidic Covenant was the 4th step in the development of the prophecy of the Messiah to come

Development Of The Messianic Prophecy

  1. The promise to THE RACE in Adam through the seed of woman – Genesis 3:15
  1. Through ONE NATION of the race, Israel, through the seed of Abraham – Genesis 22:18
  1. Through ONE TRIBE of that nation, Judah, through Jacob – Genesis 49:10
  1. Through ONE FAMILY, the family of David – II Samuel 7:11-16

 FULFILLMENT OF THE PROPHECY

Fulfillment in ONE PERSON – Christ – Isaiah 9:6-7; Galatians 3:16

  1. The conquering warrior – David – chaps. 8-10
  2. David’s sin chaps. 11-12
  3. II Samuel 11:1 – David tarried
  4. he failed to go to work that day – disobedience
  5. in the wrong place – at the wrong  time
  6. look turned into lust 11:2
  7. vs 4 – lust turned into adultery
  8. vs 15-17 – murder of Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband
  9. vs 27 – David marries Bathsheba – he stole another man’s wife and tried to cover his sin
  10. II Samuel 12:9 – David’s sin was found out – Numbers 32:23
  11. sin is rarely singular
  12. attempts to cover up sin, is a sin and usually leads to other sins, and others and others
  13. I Samuel 13:14 – even a man after God’s own heart can fall into sin in weakness
  14. those who haven’t fallen can learn from  this
  15. those who have fallen can learn that there is HOPE of restoration
  16. progression of sin – results and remedy
  17. considering David’s story – we can see that catastrophic sin is a process
  18. it is not so much an isolated incident
  19. there is only one escape

Section II -The Troubles Of David

In fulfilling God’s judgment, David went through several years of suffering.  His sufferings came from within his own family as well as from without.

  1. The Sins  Of  David  Were Committed By His Sons – chap. 13
  2. Amnon Vs 1-2, 11, 14
  3. He we have the sins of rape and incest
  4. murdered by his brother Absalom – vs 28-29
  5. the murder was by deception and manipulation exactly as their father, David, had done before  them        Exodus 20:5, 34:7, Numbers 14:18, Deuteronomy 5:9: sins of fathers are visited upon the children             unto the third and fourth generation.
  1. David’s son, Absalom, rebels: chap. 15-18
  2. Absalom tries to dethrone his father – David – unsuccessfully
  3. Absalom is killed and his father – David – mourns for his rebellious son -chap. 18:9-33
  4. he is hanged in an Oak tree – 18:9-10
  5. David’s grief for his son – 18:33
  6. David Returns To Jerusalem – chap. 19

III. The Remaining Years Of David – chap. 20-24

  1. Joab murders Amasa -19:9-10
  2. Three years of famine – chap. 21
  3. war with the Philistines – 21:15-22
  4. the enemy was giants  – vs 20
  5. they were  the brothers of Golaith whom David killed many  years earlier
  6. our enemy (s) never give up on us – they will always be there – trying to defeat us
  7. David’s song of deliverance – chap. 22
  8. vs 2-3 are also a Psalm
  9. vs 2 is Psalms 91:2 while vs 3 is similar to Psalms 18:2
  10. David’s mighty men  – chap. 23:8 till end of chapter
  11. David’s sin of numbering  the  people – chap. 24
  12. vs 1 – David is tempted by satan to number or take a census of Israel and Judah
  13. I Chronicles 21:1-6
  14. The purchase of the threshing floor of Araunah – chap. 24:18-25
  15. this is land  where  Abraham offered Isaac 400 years before
  16. this eventually becomes the building site of Solomon’s Temple
  17. vs 24 – true worship and service to the Lord  costs us something or it is meaningless
  18. a price was  paid for  salvation
  19. our time – talents – money  – heart etc.  must be put into true worship if it is to have real meaning and value to us.
  20. He who has a religion that costs him nothing, has a religion that is worth nothing:
  1. no man will esteem the ordinances of God, if those ordinances cost him nothing.
  2. Charles Spurgeon said of this: “True devotion to godly men that service of God tastes sweetest which costs them most. Nothing is dear enough to give to God; expense is not to be reckoned when the gift is for him.  We would not be  as those  who only bring to God what they can collect from our own store.”