Ezra 7* Ezra goes up to Jerusalem. (1-10) The commission to Ezra.(11-26) Ezra blesses God for his favour. (27,28)1-10 Ezra went from Babylon to Jerusalem, for the good of hiscountry. The king was kind to him; he granted all his requests,whatever Ezra desired to enable him to serve his country. Whenhe went, many went with him; he obtained favour from his king,by the Divine favour. Every creature is that to us, which Godmakes it to be. We must see the hand of God in the events thatbefal us, and acknowledge him with thankfulness. 11-26 The liberality of heathen kings to support the worship ofGod, reproached the conduct of many kings of Judah, and willrise up in judgment against the covetousness of wealthyprofessed Christians, who will not promote the cause of God. Butthe weapons of Christian ministers are not carnal. Faithfulpreaching, holy lives, fervent prayers, and patient sufferingwhen called to it, are the means to bring men into obedience toChrist. 27,28 Two things Ezra blessed God for: 1. For his commission.If any good appear in our hearts, or in the hearts of others, wemust own that God put it there, and bless him; it is he thatworketh in us, both to will and to do that which is good. 2. Forhis encouragement: God has extended mercy to me. Ezra was a manof courage, yet he ascribed this not to his own heart, but toGod's hand. If God give us his hand, we are bold and cheerful;if he withdraw it, we are weak as water. Whatever we are enabledto do for God and those around us, God must have all the glory.
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