Ezra 8 – The Hand of our God for Good – David Hill

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Theme sentence: God’s people are to seek God and His ways, trusting that His hand will be on them for good.

Aim sentence: As we seek the Lord in the person of Jesus we can take courage in the fact that God’s hand is on us for our good.

God’s people represented (1 – 14)

This is more than just a list of names – This group includes priests, a descendant of King David, and 12 families of Israel. This group represents God’s chosen people.

The Levites almost left behind (15 – 20)

The Levites, the men who assisted the priests, are missing from this initial group. Ezra summons them and God’s hand graciously provides capable men.

The Hand of God for Good (21 – 30)

God’s people humbly seek God’s hand – trusting Him for protection and provision – and God answers their prayer.

Safety – Security – Sacrifice (31 – 36)

As they trusted in God’s hand for protection, he guided them safely home – He kept all their possessions secure – and they responded with sacrifice.

This passage is meant to encourage all of God’s people to seek God and His ways, trusting that His hand will be on us for good.

Now what?

As we seek the Lord in the person of Jesus we can take courage in the fact that God’s hand is on us for our good. God’s hand on us for good is better than anything this world can offer us.

We are to offer our very lives in sacrifice to God, entrusting ourselves under His hand, for our eternal good and His great glory!

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