Daily Bible Readings
Week 46: August 14-19, 2017
❏ Monday Ezra 1:1-2:70
❏ Tuesday Ezra 3:1-4:24
❏ Wednesday Ezra 5:1-6:22
❏ Thursday Ezra 7:1-8:36
❏ Friday Ezra 9:1-10:44
❏ Saturday Nehemiah 1:1-11
Note that the readings are assigned from Monday to Saturday, leaving Sunday as the day to catch up, and also indicating that we will be corporately hearing the Word at church. The following questions are optional, for your personal growth.
Study Questions: Week 46
1. The book of Ezra picks up where 2 Chronicles leaves off. Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther cover the time period of the end of the exile to Babylon and the beginning of the restoration of Judah. What did the LORD inspire Cyrus to do?
2. How does the accounting of people and animals in chapter 2 help remind us that these Biblical accounts are real history?
3. How long were the Judahites resettled before they rebuilt the altar? How long until the work of rebuilding the temple began?
4. There was opposition to rebuilding Jerusalem. How did the opponents force the building to halt?
5. How does the rebuilding start again, and how did they successfully appeal to Darius to let them finish the job?
6. Who were the key prophets at the time of the completion of the temple?
7. Ezra himself shows up on the scene about 50 years after the temple is completed and rededicated. He is a scribe— a student of the Scriptures— and leads a second wave of exiles home. Why does Ezra send for Levites as part of the entourage?
8. Why does Ezra pray about the intermarriage of the Judahites with the nations? What was the specific problem with the Jewish intermarriage? (Consider the book of Ruth as a case where intermarriage was not a problem, and why.)
9. What drastic solution to the intermarriage problem is taken?
10. Nehemiah starts about 12 years after the end of Ezra. What problem has arisen in Jerusalem?
11. What is Nehemiah’s position? What sort of courtly influence would this give him?