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The book of Ezra-Nehemiah explained with illustrations
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This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought of the book Ezra-Nehemiah.

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Tim Mackie is a Pastor of Door of Hope church and a Professor at Western Seminary –


25 thoughts on “Read Scripture: Ezra and Nehemiah

  1. It makes me think that. No matter what we do, if God is not there and doesn’t support it, it’s not going to happen. Our efforts will be useless. The body without the Spirit is dead. Their efforts were only physical…maybe it was a lesson. Nothing can come together without God.

  2. 2:50 grandchildren of the Israelites? Where did get that?

    Ezra 4
    1 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the Lord God of Israel;

    2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.

    3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the Lord God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us.

    • Yeah – I mean I suppose you could make the argument that they were in fact Israelites, or at least part Israelites, and that Nehemiah and the others just didn’t recognize the fact – but that doesn’t seem to come easily. I’d like more information on this one, because their interpretation just didn’t seem very clear to me on this one.

      The idea that this book is making the point that the efforts of Ezra and Nehemiah are imperfect and that they fail because they were supposed to welcome the people living in the land and cooperate with them just doesn’t quite seem to fit. If that is the point that the author is making then they are being very subtle about it – and I feel like I’m missing something important.

      I do agree about the anticlimaxes, which do sort of point in that direction – but that still doesn’t seem like the author’s intention. It seems like the author’s intention is to laud the efforts of Ezra and Nehemiah in keeping the returning Israelites pure and resisting the influences and attacks of the outsiders. Plus it’s all in first person – so did Ezra and Nehemiah write it? Are these their memoirs? Or was someone else using them as characters?

      Either way there are a lot of unanswered questions with this one. This interpretation seems plausible, but I feel like they must have some information that I’m missing. If anyone on here can shed some light on this I would appreciate it.

  3. Sorry guys, but you got it wrong on this one. I’ve been watching all your videos and ofcourse some time you guys hit and miss (as do most of us), but i gotta comment on this one to say that you really messed up this one. But I do pray that you guys reevaluate this video and remake it. You guys are getting a lot of views and no one is saying that you have to relay these overviews perfectly, but u dont want to lead people astray. I understand that these videos are only to get people to read the stories themselves, but one would wonder if you guys properly read the books mentioned in this particular video.
    Please look this over.

  4. How do you know the elders were crying because the presence of God did not descend upon the Holy of holies? They cried when they saw the foundations of the temple, not the entire building. Can you please explain that? Thanks!

  5. thank you for your contribution to help bible readers understand more. thank you for the ending… there is hope only in messiah who can change the heart.God blessyou!

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