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Biblical Outline: Ezra

Peace & Blessings Beloved,

TGBTG for allowing us to see another day. I pray all is well with you and yours, and that your week has been fruitful & blessed thus far.

In this Series, we are going to further our in-depth study of each book of the Holy Bible, breaking each book into the major themes and topics contained therein. Today we'll outline the fifteenth book of the Bible, Ezra.


  • First Return from Exile and Rebuilding of the Temple (chapters. 1-6)

    • First Return of the Exiles (ch. 1)

      1. The edict of Cyrus (1:1-4)

      2. The return under Sheshbazzar (1:5-11)

    • List of Returning Exiles (ch. 2)

    • Revival of Temple Worship (ch. 3)

      1. The rebuilding of the altar (3:1-3)

      2. The Feast of Tabernacles (3:4-6)

      3. The beginning of temple reconstruction (3:7-13)

    • Opposition to Rebuilding (4:1-23)

      1. Opposition during the reign of Cyrus (4:1-5)

      2. Opposition during the reign of Xerxes (4:6)

      3. Opposition during the reign of Artaxerxes (4:7-23)

    • Completion of the Temple (4:24;6:22)

      1. Resumption of work under Darius (4:24)

      2. A new beginning inspired by Haggai and Zechariah (5:1-2)

      3. Intervention of the governor, Tattenai (5:3-5)

      4. Report to Darius (5:6-17)

      5. Search for the decree of Cyrus (6:1-5)

      6. Darius' order for the rebuilding of the temple (6:6-12)

      7. Completion of the temple (6:13-15)

      8. Dedication of the temple (6:16-18)

      9. Celebration of Passover (6:19-22)

  • Ezra's Return and Reforms (chapters. 7-10)

    • Ezra's Return to Jerusalem (chapters. 7-8)

      1. Introduction (7:1-10)

      2. The authorization by Artaxerxes (7:11-26)

      3. Ezra's doxology (7:27-28)

      4. List of those returning with Ezra (8:1-14)

      5. The search for Levites (8:15-20)

      6. Prayer and fasting (8:21-23)

      7. The assignment of the sacred articles (8:24-30)

      8. The journey and arrival in Jerusalem (8:31-36)

    • Ezra's Reforms (chapters. 9-10)

      1. The offense of mixed marriages (9:1-5)

      2. Ezra's confession and prayer (9:6-15)

      3. The people's response (10:1-4)

      4. The calling of a public assembly (10:5-15)

      5. Investigation of the offenders (10:16-17)

      6. The list of offenders (10:18-43)

      7. The dissolution of mixed marriages (10:44)

May we establish, nurture, and grow a sincere love for the word of God, and study it lovingly & faithfully.

I pray you receive this with the love intended, and apply it to wisdom.

Love you much.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Blessed!

-Humble Servant

P.S- If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, I implore you to take the time to do so right now. Use John 3:16 & Romans 10:9-10 as a foundation for making your confession of faith. And use Ephesians 2:1-10 to provide proper context for your salvation.

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