Missional Realignment – Part 1 [Ezra Chapters 1-2]

MISSIONAL REALIGNMENT – Pt. 1 [Ezra chapters 1-2]

INTRO: Sometimes we need a life reset to realign our life around our personal God-given mission. Technology resets are occasionally needed to clear some of the clutter that hinders performance. Do you need some clutter cleared?

BACKGROUND TO THE BOOK OF EZRA

  1. Author – Ezra a priest & scribe (Ezra 7:6, 11).
  2. Exile – 70 years of captivity (2Ki. 24:12-16) (608-538 B.C.).

OVERVIEW OF THE BOOK OF EZRA

  1. The 1st group under Zerubbabel (ch. 1-6) (538-515 B.C.).
  2. The 2nd group under Ezra over 60 years later (458 B.C.) (chapters 7-10).

I. THE DECREE OF CYRUS, KING OF PERSIA (1:1-4).

  1. Jeremiah’s 70-year captivity prophesy (1:1; Jer. 29:10).
  2. God stirred up king Cyrus to make a decree allowing Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple (1:2-3).
  3. Those who stayed gave (1:4).

APPLICATION:

  1. God will go to great lengths to fulfill His Word to you!
  2. God can stir up the spirit of whoever He chooses to fulfill His Word to you (Prov. 21:1; Ps. 60:11; 108:12; 146:3)!

II. THE JEWS’ RESPONSE TO CYRUS’ DECREE (1:5-11).

  1. Those whose spirits God moved upon went (1:5).
  2. Those who stayed gave (1:6).
  3. The stolen articles of worship were restored (1:7-11).

APPLICATION:

  1. Is God moving on your spirit to arise? Will you?
  2. Will you give to support God’s work?
  3. God is going to restore some aspects of worship that have been stolen from His church! Get ready!

III. A LIST OF THE RETURNING CAPTIVES (2:1-70).

  1. The people are listed by community or family identity.
  2. Who is your community? Who are your people?

CONCLUSION: Do you need a “Missional Realignment?” Do you need a life reset in order to clear some clutter and realign your life around your personal God-given mission?