Ezra’s Fresh Start
Ezra was a scribe and a priest, who helped the Jewish people resettle in Jerusalem after the return from Babylonian exile. He taught the people the Torah and hoped that their return to Jerusalem would be a fresh start for God’s people, ushering in a time of peace, prosperity, and faithfulness to God. Unfortunately, the returned exiles continued to struggle with sin and soon Ezra was frustrated. We ought not be surprised when we—or the people we love—continue to struggle, even after a life-changing event. We need to love them and help them take their next step by faith.