-This chapter names the captives that returned to Jerusalem and Judah each to his city from the exile of Babylon initiated by Nebuchadnezzar. Cyrus was now giving them favor to return as the prophet Jeremiah had predicted in the Spirit many years before. Priests and Levites returned with men like Zerubbabel, Nehemiah, and Mordecai (Ezra 2:2-67). When they arrived at the House of the LORD, the Scripture says they offered willingly to restore it on its foundation according to their ability (Ezra 2:6-69). It would be some time before the Temple was fully restored, but many of God’s chosen people were now coming back to the Promised Land.
-*Application* God is a God of restoration. On this Christmas day reflect on the redemption that the LORD provided in His only begotten Son who saved the world from its sin when we turn to Him in repentance and faith. Great is His faithfulness unto us His creation. He is the God of the comeback!
Verse to Memorize: Ezra 2:1