“Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah,… the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest— this Ezra came up from Babylon; and he was a (Ready scribe-KJV) Skilled scribe in the Law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given. The king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him” Ezra 7:1-6
“Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law” Nehemiah 8:1-2
Ezra is one of the 4 Architects of the Old Testament. There were 4-5 main people who built/chronicled the OT. First was Moses who wrote the Pentateuch, then Samuel/David(Solomon incl) who did the Kingdom and Wisdom books, (then came Isaiah) and Jeremiah who compiled the ending parts of Kings before captivity, then Ezra rounded and finished the entire thing writing Ezra, Nehemiah, I Chronicles and II Chronicles. He gave the finishing touches to the entire Bible. Jewish legend calls it that 120 elders under Ezra (called the Great Assembly) sat and closed out the Canon (Books of the Bible), but details are sketchy. Whatever it is, we owe an incredible debt of gratitude to this one man Ezra for the Bible we hold in our hands.
Ezra was also a key player in two Revivals. I try and sketch a few details from his life.
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