Living It

Living It

07 October 2010

Today’s Reading: Ezra 7-8; Luke 20


Ezra had committed himself to studying the Revelation of God, to living it, and to teaching Israel to live its truths and ways. (Ezra 7:10 MSG)

Ezra doesn’t usually get as much attention as Daniel, Esther, Nehemiah – the other Jews who were influential in the courts of the Babylonian and Persian Emperors. We don’t usually think of him in the same category with Jeremiah and Ezekiel who prophesied concerning the captivity and restoration and were not only religious but political influencers. But Ezra was a man of influence in both Babylon and Jerusalem during the years of restoration.

Ezra wrote: 27 Blessed be God, the God-of-Our-Fathers, who put it in the mind of the king to beautify The Temple of God in Jerusalem! 28 Not only that, he caused the king and all his advisors and influential officials actually to like me and back me. My God was on my side and I was ready to go. And I organized all the leaders of Israel to go with me. (Ezra 7:27-28 MSG)

Beyond his political influence and leadership ability, though, the thing that stands out to me is this description of Ezra: “He committed himself to studying God’s Word, to living it, and to teaching Israel to live its truths and ways.”

I believe this is the pattern for anyone who desires to be a teacher – pastor – influencer of God’s people. We must commit ourselves to study God’s word, then live it, then teach it in such practical ways that people can live its truths and ways.


Father, I purpose to study, live, and teach your word as long as I can. I want to learn it well, live it well, and teach it so that it works well in the lives of your people. I want to influence others to teach the foundational, livable truths of the faith to the next generation and the wide world. Help me to do that, please. Amen.

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