Consider How God Sees the People Around Us | 02

AUTHOR: Holy Scripture


Read or listen to Ezra 7:1–10.

After these events, during the reign of King Artaxerxes of Persia, Ezra—
Seraiah’s son, Azariah’s son,
Hilkiah’s son, Shallum’s son,
Zadok’s son, Ahitub’s son,
Amariah’s son, Azariah’s son,
Meraioth’s son, Zerahiah’s son,
Uzzi’s son, Bukki’s son, 
Abishua’s son, Phinehas’s son,
Eleazar’s son, the chief priest Aaron’s son

—came up from Babylon. He was a scribe skilled in the law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he requested because the hand of the Lord his God was on him. Some of the Israelites, priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, and temple servants accompanied him to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes.

Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, during the seventh year of the king. He began the journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month and arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month since the gracious hand of his God was on him. Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.

How did Ezra offer his life to God?

The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.


Think about your closest friends. Write down the name of a friend you want to encourage today.


Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see the friend you named with his eyes. What do you see? Pray for him or her according to the insight you gained, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to encourage your friend.


Week 2 of 5 Contemplation


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