In our day, it is becoming increasingly popular to read our “social justice” into the Law of God. Fallen humans attempting to insert their judgment of what is “right” and “wrong”, and critiquing the Bible. Some might view the commandments of the Lord as harsh, or unforgiving, but they are perfect. Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”
After years in exile, the people of God are finally back in the land. Unfortunately, they hit a snag. The inhabitants of the land, enemies of God, do not want them there. To get rid of them, they complain to the king of Persia to make them stop… which he does. 20 years passes without the children of Israel working on the house of God.
Oh, the good ole days. Reminiscent old men are sometimes (SOMETIMES!) my favorite to be around. Stories from days gone by are not only interesting to me, but very education and sometimes funny.
Before he passed, I had opportunity to sit down with Rex Foster many times. By the time I got to Faith, he and his lovely wife, Ranelle, were unable to attend services in person. I would make it over to his house on the North side of Terrell, and we would sit and visit for an hour or so every other week. Usually he had something for me; shelled pecans, some money, or just a kind word.
Ezra and Nehemiah are post captivity historical books. They tell the story of Israel after returning from bondage. Where Nehemiah deals with the rebuilding of the wall and the nation, Ezra deals with the rebuilding of the temple and the people of God.