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Ezra: Faith and Action Preacher

Lesson 5 

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Spring 2021

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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April 11, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

Act according to God’s ways, no matter the cost.

Bible Basis:

Ezra 10:1–12

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Act according to God’s ways, no matter the cost.

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Music Video, Traditional: “What Wondrous Love Is This?” by Fernando Ortega
Music Video, Multicultural: “Lost Without You” by BeBe & CeCe Winans
Music Video, Contemporary: “The God Who Stays” by Matthew West
JFB Commentary on Ezra 10
Guzik’s Commentary on Ezra 10
Pulpit Commentary on Ezra 10

Memory Verse:

Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he was there, he ate no food and drank no water, because he continued to mourn over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.
—Ezra 10:6

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

STATELESS BY THEIR OWN CHOICES
Four years after the fall of ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, many women and children remain in limbo. More than 500 young women born in the West left their homes to help the Islamic cause and marry ISIS fighters. Some may have been misled and mistreated, but all abandoned their citizenship to join the new Caliphate. A few weeks ago, 21-year-old Shamima Begum, originally from London, lost her court case to be reinstated as a British citizen after marrying an ISIS member in 2015. The tribunal who heard her case refused to repatriate her, citing national security concerns. Whatever the factors that led to her situation, they said, Begum is stateless “as a result of her own choices.”

MATELESS BY THEIR OWN CHOICES
Following the exile to Babylon, three waves of Jewish citizens were allowed to return to Israel to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. Though they had been exiled as punishment for violating God’s laws, the returning Israelites continued to sin, most notably by marrying foreign women. Ezra cried out to God, and the people agreed to send their foreign wives away, showing how costly it may be to follow God after making bad choices.

Questions

  • If you sat as a judge hearing a case like Begum’s, how would you decide if the person was a national security risk or a victim of fraud and lies?
  • What’s something significant you’ve given up to follow Jesus?
  • How have bad choices—yours or someone else’s—resulted in pain or sin?

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Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

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