Study 6 From the Book of Philippians is: Ezra 8
- How many males, all told, were with Ezra? These with women and children (verse 21), would make a large company. They had also their goods and provision for the way, many precious vessels and much silver and gold. The journey was long (7:9) and dangerous (8:31). Would it have been wrong for Ezra to ask the king for an escort? Cf. Ne. 2:9. Why did he not do so? Are we as careful as he to live out what we profess?
- From Ezra’s actions before setting out, what may we learn regrading undertaking work for God? See especially verses 15-20, 21-23, 24-30, 33-35, 36; and contrast Jos. 9: 14; Is. 31:1; Je. 48:10a; Mt. 25:3.