The stories of Scripture reveal a picture of God and life as He always intended for us (His image bearers) in ways mere instruction never could. Oh, you’ll find instruction but then He fills the landscape of Scripture with stories: stories of joy, stories of sorrow and every story in between. And throughout these stories God is revealing Himself, His plans, His purposes and His intent of “real living” for us.
All the while, these many stories are weaving together a beautiful picture of God Himself and the kind of relationship He intends to have with us. They reveal to us both the reason we are here and His unbelievable plan of rescue in Jesus (the One who saves). They invite us to follow Him (Immanuel – the God who is with us) as He leads the way in this beautiful though now corrupted and sin-tainted world.
The story in Ezra is the one of current focus. Hope you not only see yourself in their journey but that your able to see a fresh perspective of the picture God’s painting of Himself, of this world and of the kind of relationship He’s always desired to have with you. Blessings! : )