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Learn Live Teach

07 October 2009


This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel. (Ezra 7:10 NLT)

This is one of the most undervalued stories in the Bible! For some reason, the Persian Emperor Artexerxes decided to send Ezra the Jewish priest to Jerusalem, leading hundreds of returning Jews, resourced with incredible wealth in precious metal and Temple objects, and supplied with a letter guaranteeing him carte blanche if he needed additional resources from the governors of the provinces he passed through.

Here’s an excerpt from the king’s letter to Ezra: “And you, Ezra, are to use the wisdom God has given you to appoint magistrates and judges who know your God’s laws to govern all the people in the province west of the Euphrates River. If the people are not familiar with those laws, you must teach them.” (Ezra 7:25 NLT)

Ezra was commissioned to complete the restoration of the Temple, establish the God-given pattern of worship and sacrifices, and pray for the king and his sons.

The Bible tells us the real reason for the Emperor’s amazing decision to send Ezra to restore the Jerusalem Temple was that Ezra had determined to learn and obey God’s Law and to teach it to the people.

In my parallel reading from the New Testament today, Luke 20, Jesus reprimanded Ezra’s religious descendants, the scribes and Pharisees, for teaching the law in a way that put people in bondage but then not living it themselves.

There’s a principle of right response and effective teaching of spiritual truth here. First make the effort to learn it for yourself. Then apply it in your life. Then teach others out of the life experience of living God’s truth. It’s not what you know, it’s what you do with what you know.


Father, I am determined to be a life-long seeker after truth. I purpose to learn your ways, to live what I learn, and to pass on to others through teaching and example what I know of your truths and your ways. Help me never to put others in bondage by the things I teach. Help me not to expect from others that which I have not first applied in my life. May I learn, live, and teach the truth that sets us free. Amen.

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