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.
Ezra helps us see the fulfillment of prophecy, that the Jews would return to their home. Although there are other themes that run through Ezra, none is as prominent or important as the rebuilding of the temple and temple worship.
The book of Ezra is divided into two major categories:
1. Return under Zerubbabel – Chapters 1-6
2. Return under Ezra – Chapters 7-10
A period of about 75 years is covered in the pages of Ezra. Ezra, a priest, was unable to serve the Lord in the duties of the temple when in captivity, but he was a “ready scribe” and well versed in the Scriptures. He is one of the greatest revivalists in the Bible, and he worked to stirred the people of God to action.
Enjoy this wonderful book that takes us on a journey of God’s people reestablishing themselves in the land of Israel.