Ezra Series

Lesson Number

Class Date


Ezra 11

Nov 29, 12

Ezra 10; the problem of intermarriage with pagans; Ezra’s decision to dissolve the unions

Ezra 10

Nov 15, 12

Ezra 9:1-15; intermarriage with pagans; Ezra's confession of national sin; Lev 18:24-25; Deut 7:2; God's forgiveness

Ezra 9

Nov 8, 12

Ezra 8:1-36; Ezra’s organization; importance of genealogies in Scripture; return of sacrifices to the Temple

Ezra 8

Nov 1, 12

Ezra 7:1-27; Review Ezra 1-6; Ezra’s genealogy, a priest and a scribe with an honorable reputation; Artaxerxes’ decree sends Ezra back to Jerusalem to restore worship in the Temple

Ezra 7

Oct 18, 12

Esther 7:1-10:3; Esther reveals Haman’s plot to the king; the king executes Haman; reverses his edict, and raises Mordecai in his place; Jews are preserved throughout the Persian Empire

Ezra 6

Oct 11, 12

Esther 4:1-6:14; Esther takes a risk to gain an audience with the king; God ‘s work behind the scenes

Ezra 5

Oct 4, 12

Esther 1:1-3:15; the Megillah; picture of the Jews during the Babylonian captivity; distinguishing between personal affairs and affairs of state

Ezra 4

Sep 27, 12

Ezra 6:1-22; verifying Cyrus decree Darius validates and ensures its fulfillment; Temple restoration finished in 515BC; sacrifices restored at dedication ceremony

Ezra 3

Sep 20, 12

Ezra 4:1-5:17; the Samarians disrupt the rebuilding of the Temple; a parenthesis in the narrative; Hag 1−2; Jews encouraged by the Word of God from Haggai

Ezra 2

Sep 13, 12

Ezra 2:1-3:13; lists of personal names and families of Jewish captives returning to Jerusalem from Babylon indicates their importance to God; every person is significant to God and each of us have a place in human history; Jews restore the ceremonial feasts in Jerusalem and begin rebuilding the Temple

Ezra 1

Sep 6, 12

Ezra 1: 1-11; Introduction to Ezra; Cyrus consolidates his reign and returns captive Jews to Jerusalem with the articles of gold and silver taken from the Temple to rebuild the Temple ; the remnant of Israel preserved by God returns to Jerusalem with a hope given by God to help them rebuild the nation