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> Ez 7:11-13; Acts 9:10-12
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Ezra 7:11-13 King James Version (KJV)
11 Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel.
12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.
13 I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.

Ezra 7:11-13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
King’s Decree on Behalf of Ezra

11 Now this is a copy of the decree that King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest, the scribe [who was] learned in the words of the commandments of the LORD and of His statutes to Israel:12 “Artaxerxes, king of kings, to Ezra the priest, the scribe of the Law of the God of heaven, perfect peace (greetings). And now 13 I have issued a decree that all of the people of Israel and their priests and the Levites in my kingdom who are willing to go to Jerusalem, may go with you.

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

These are my thoughts, please share yours.

11 Ezra was very studied in the law but it took him taking time reading and studying the word for us to be experts we have to study the bible. It don’t just come without us doing our part. So he himself gets to carry this degree from the king, we as Christians are called to carry the gospel to the world a much greater honor.

12 Ezra was both a priest and studied in the word. To best serve God in the area we are called we should keep in His word. The pagan king recognizes God, this does not mean he turned to Him but does show that Ezra had a very positive influence from him doing what he was suppose to for the Lord.

13 So the Jews were now going back home, we as Christians one day will have our King come and get to go to the heavenly home.

Acts 9:10-12 King James Version (KJV)
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

Acts 9:10-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

10 Now in Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul; for he is praying [there],12 and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him, so that he may regain his sight.”

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

These are my thoughts, please share yours.

10 God still can speak thru dreams today. The purpose of the disciple was to help Saul, this would be scary for him but God knew what Paul would become for Him. Sometimes God may have just one large purpose for us and that everything we go thru is leading up to that point. He was willing to serve the Lord. We have to be willing to serve and then God will use us.

11 This would have come something across both as news and fearful to him. Saul wanted to kill the Christians but now he was praying. Sometimes God wants us to do what seems impossible or unsafe but we are to trust Him because often times this is where He would work thru us the most but to do this we have to know God’s voice apart from everything else.

12 So Saul knew Ananias would be the one healing him, Saul may have been thinking because of who he was that no one would come to him, he had been chief of Pharisees but where did that get him now that he was blind and alone, sin does the same to us, we have hope in Christ.

To be persecuted is to follow after Christ.
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