Interesting People of the Bible: Who was Ezra? Part The greatest problem at hand in this book of Ezra was that this intermingling of lineage was a spiritual thorn working to break the pure lineage to void God’s promise of the Davidic kingship. But what was to be done? 2
Scholars say the books of Ezra and Nehemiah were one book originally and that Ezra was the scribe that wrote them both, along with 1 and 2 Chronicles. In the book that bears his name, it is most poetic and symbolic. For Ezra translates to, “Jehovah Helps.”
Josiah, while considered a righteous king, as well, was killed in a battle he wasn’t directed by God to participate in. He departed from total dependence on hearing the word of God and acted on his own behalf. It resulted in his death.
The love of Israel to their God, YHWH, was so much like a yo-yo. Up and down. Just a few chapters back, in 2 Chronicles 23, we see the Passover Festival commences after a long silence. Then it stops again. Why? What was happening? And how long was this span between Passover celebrations from Joash to Josiah?
it is so disappointing to read how these godly young men lose their senses later in life and go astray. They fall in love with themselves and what their fleshly hands have established, their worth in this world, earthly pleasures, etc. It is really all bagged up in 1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.”
Asaph began to understand that God’s kingdom that was coming down was not through Solomon or his temple…Solomon wasn’t the direct answer. And Asaph the musician and writer of the Psalms received a new hope.
Asaph would see Solomon become jaded in his later years. He would see the king become full of want and chase after life’s luxuries. He would see the king succumb to the desires of evil men, partner with them, take their daughters for wives, build his kingdom and fall into idolatry.
The story goes like this. Nebuchadnezzar destroys Jerusalem and devastates the tiny nation of Israel. The people flee. Many from the house of King David land in Iberia. They establish for themselves a life and begin to blend with the others who found their way to this historic peninsula. The Arabs, Berbers, Phoenicians, Visigoths. And…