(40 verses, 4:50 to read)
What I am about to READ
Ezra finished showing how all the tribes of Israel had a connection with the remnant in the land.
MARK and LEARN
- In this chapter, Ezra describes the rest of the Israelite tribes.
- You might wonder why Ezra was concerned about the other tribes of Israel. After all, weren’t they taken into captivity by Assyria, never to be heard of again? And weren’t Judah and Benjamin the tribes taken into captivity in Babylon and allowed to return home? In general, this is true.
- We can make two points, however…First, the complete list of tribes made it clear to the returning exiles that they now represented all of Israel, not just a small part of it. They were now the people through whom God would send a Savior.
- Second, the northern tribes did not disappear completely. People from those tribes were among the elect and God preserved some of them among the remnant of Judah and Benjamin. (See 9:3.) Also note a couple New Testament references: Luke 2:36 (Anna was from the tribe of Asher); Matthew 4:13, 15 (the territory of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali was still part of Israel’s geographic memory). Also, the church on earth is symbolized in Revelation by the Old Testament tribes (Revelation 7:4–8).
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, You have promised to guard and protect Your Church, that even the gates of hell will not prevail over it. Just as You preserved Your chosen people through the remnant of Israel, bless and preserve us in the one true faith. Defend us from false teaching and errors. Protect us against the fiery darts of the devil. And uphold us in faith and love. In Jesus almighty name we pray. Amen
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.