-We see here in this chapter the process Ezra experienced as he led the chosen people of God back to the Promised Land after their exile. Emphasis is placed on the heads of the households according to genealogical enrollment. This has significance in the organization of God’s economy. and the way He is intricate and deliberate with every single detail. “But let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner (1 Corinthians 14:40).” Once Ezra got to the river that runs to Ahava (Love), he observed the people and the priests carefully for three days. He did not find any Levites there, and so he sent to bring proper ministers to them for the House of God. Sherebiah ended up being the man of God that was brought to them along with his sons and brothers amounting to 18 men. Also, Hashabiah was brought to them with Jeshaiah along with brothers and sons amounting to 20 men. A fast was proclaimed by Ezra at this point there at the river of Ahava so that they could humble themselves before their God for safe passage for their little ones and their possessions. Ezra was ashamed to request from the king (Artaxerxes) troops and horsemen for protection because he had made sure the king understood that God was their ultimate protector and that no harm would befall His chosen people that sought Him. The LORD’s anger and power were against those who forsake Him Ezra had told the king, so it would be complete sufficiency upon the Almighty for their journey. Prayer was definitely needed along with the fast during this time of supplication and beseeching the King of the Universe for wellbeing. The conclusion, “He listened to our entreaty (Ezra 8:1-23).” They went out with the gold, silver, and utensils on their journey from the river Ahava on the twelfth of the first month to go to Jerusalem. The hand of the LORD was over them to deliver them from the hand of the enemy and any ambushes along the way. When they came to Jerusalem they remained there three days and then delivered the king’s edicts to the king’s satraps and to the governors in this province beyond the River. They supported the people with blessing and the House of God (Ezra 8:24-36).
-*Application* What the LORD is speaking here to us is “the go ahead.” In other words, there is license to do what He has called you to do. He will make a way and provide everything necessary for the fulfillment of His purposes in your life. So be observant, listen to His Voice, get and have order, follow through, and trust fully in Him to carry you to the destination He has designed. Follow the example of Ezra.
Verses to Memorize: Ezra 8:21-23