Ezra prepares to leave Babylon.

King Cyrus was stirred by God to let the Israelites return to Jerusalem. He called for someone to lead the people back. Ezra was in Cyrus’s court as a scribe. Ezra volunteered and was chosen by the king for this expedition. Cyrus gave Ezra a kings ransom in silver and gold as a freewill offering. Ezra gathered everyone going home together. They fasted and prayed for 3 days. He didn’t want to ask the king for a military escort. Because he told the king that God called him to go. He was worried that thieves and robbers would steal everything. So they sought God and His mercy. The bible says that God was intreated. They made their way to Jerusalem with no incidents. Even when we have sinned against God, we can intreat God to forgive us. Because He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. And all you have to do is ask.

Crain Blanchard.


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