Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther
Teacher: Darrell Rott
- What do the many lists of Ezra and Nehemiah tell us about God? What are His characteristics and attributes?
- What is interesting and valuable to you in Esther?
- The story lead to the establishment of the Jewish Festival of Purim to remember how God rescued them.
- What do you do to celebrate and remember what God has done for you?
- What did you find in Nehemiah?
- Leadership. Prayer.
- The story is about the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem for protection, security, separation and identity.
- What are we/you doing to build walls of spiritual protection, security, separation, and identity for us and our children?
- What spoke to you in Ezra?
- God stirred the heart of Cyrus, priests, and Levites, neighbors…
- Rebuilding the temple.
- “utterly shocked” (9:3) Intermarriage issue; literal or metaphor?
- “But now we have been given a brief moment of grace… He has given us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem.” 9:8-9
- What are we/you going to do to rebuild the church in Boulder after Covid?
Listen to the book of Ezra from BibleGateway: ESV, KJV, MSG, NIV, NKJV
Short Outline of Ezra from Today's English Version
- The first return from exile (1:1 – 2:70)
- The Temple is rebuilt and dedicated (3:1 – 6:22)
- Ezra returns with other exiles (7:1 – 10:44)
Listen to the book of Nehemiah from BibleGateway: ESV, KJV, MSG, NIV, NKJV
Short Outline of Nehemiah from Today's English Version
- Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem (1:1 – 2:20)
- The walls of Jerusalem are rebuilt (3:1 – 7:73)
- The Law is read, and the covenant is renewed (8:1 – 10:39)
- Further activities of Nehemiah (11:1 – 13:31)
Listen to the book of Esther from BibleGateway: ESV, KJV, MSG, NIV, NKJV
Short Outline of Esther from Today's English Version
- Esther becomes queen (1:1 – 2:23)
- Haman’s plots (3:1 – 5:14)
- Haman is put to death (6:1 – 7:10)
- The Jews defeat their enemies (8:1 – 10:3)