- The scribe, Ezra, returns from the area of Mesopotamia to his homeland with the intent of teaching the Lord’s way to the people who also returned. A rather large number of people returned with him, and they had done so with much wealth (8:1-14, 26-27). Not having any Levites amongst them Ezra sends for them.
- Application: We need men and women to “stand in the gap”; the wall that is breached needs to be repaired and defended. Not all those in Babylonian captivity, evidently, were quick to return to the homeland. One man made a poignant comment with regard to the Levites that deserves repeating: “The service of God requires dedication and sometimes moving from a comfortable situation” (EBC-R, p. 442) Just about everyone I know will “amen” this – in general, but what if the application had to be made in particular?