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CHRONOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIP OF
EZRA-NEHEMIAH-ESTHER
538-515BC 483-473BC 457BC  

13 Year
Gap

444-425BC
Ezra 1-6 Book of Esther Ezra 7-10 Book of Nehemiah
First Return
of Jews from
Babylonian Exile
58 Year
Gap
Second Return
of Jews from Babylonian Exile
Third Return
of Jews from
Babylonian Exile
EZRA:
RESTORATION AND REFORM
Restoration  of the Temple
Under Zerubbabel
Reform of the People
Under Ezra
First Return
To Jerusalem
Ezra 1:1-Ezra 2:70
Construction of
The Temple
Ezra 3:1-Ezra 6:22
Second Return
to Jerusalem
Ezra 7:1-8:36
Restoration
of the People
Ezra 9:1-Ezra 10:44
First Return
of 49, 897
Second Return
of 1754
22 Years
(538-516BC)
1 Year
(458-457BC)
Key Passages: Ezra 1:3, Ezra 2:2, Ezra 6:21, 22, Ezra 7:10
Key Words: Went up (Ezra 1:11, 7:1, 6, 7, 8:1), Jerusalem (48x), Decree (17x), House of the LORD (Ezra 1:3, 5, 7, 2:68, 3:8, 11, 7:27, 8:29), Law (...of the LORD, ...of Moses, ...of God) (Ezra 3:2, 7:6, 10, 12, 14, 21, 26, 10:3)

Walter Adeney
Commentary on Ezra
Expositor's Bible Commentary
1900

Cyril J. Barber - This set, originally published in 1903, contains expositions by both conservative and liberal theologians. The most important works are by Dod (Genesis), Chadwick (Exodus and Mark), Kellogg (Leviticus), Blaikie (Joshua, I and II Samuel), Adeney (Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther), Maclaren (Psalms), Moule (Romans), Findlay (Galatians and Ephesians), Plummer (Pastoral Epistles and the Epistles of James and Jude), and Milligan (Revelation.)

Warren W. Wiersbe - If you can locate the six-volume edition of the Expositor’s Bible, buy it immediately! It takes up less space than the original fifty-volume set, and not everything in the original set is worth owning. Samuel H. Kellogg on Leviticus is a classic; so is Alexander Maclaren on the Psalms and on Colossians.

Ezra and Nehemiah
Ezra 1:1 - Cyrus
Ezra 1:2-4, 7-11 The Royal Edict
Ezra 2:1-67 The Second Exodus
Ezra 2:68-Ezra 3 - The New Temple
Ezra 3 - The New Temple
Ezra 4:1-5, 24 The Limits of Comprehension
Ezra 4:6-23 The Cost of an Idealist's Success
Ezra 5:1-2 Zechariah the Prophet; The Mission of Prophecy
Ezra 5:3-6:5 New Difficulties Met in a New Spirit
Ezra 6:6-22 The Dedication of the Temple
Ezra 7:1-10 Ezra the Scribe

Ezra 7:11-Ezra 8 - Ezra's Expedition
Ezra 9 Foreign Marriages
Ezra 10 The Home Sacrificed to the Church

Brian Bell
Notes on Ezra
Calvary Chapel
Murrieta

Ezra 1, 2 & 3
Ezra 4, 5 & 6
Ezra 7 & 8
Ezra 9 & 10

Albert Barnes
Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible
Ezra
Introduction

Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

Biblical Illustrator
Ezra
Introduction

Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

A. Phillip Brown
A Literary and Theological Analysis of the Book of Ezra

Has some nice charts, timelines and tables with extensive reference notes. Excellent background material if you are preaching, teaching or studying the Book of Ezra!

Introduction to A Literary and Theological Analysis of the Book of Ezra

Ezra 1 Temporal Ordering In Ezra  Part I

Ezra 2 Temporal Ordering In Ezra  Part II

Ezra 3 An Analysis Of Plot In Ezra

Ezra 4 An Analysis of Point of View in Ezra

Ezra 5 Yahweh: God of Israel, God of Heaven and Earth

Ezra 6 Holiness in Ezra  Separated Fr Uncleanness and Seeking the Lord

Ezra 7 Continuity With The Past And Hope For The Future

Ezra 8 A Reader’s Guide to the Theological Message of Ezra

Conclusion to A Literary and Theological Analysis of the Book of Ezra

References To God In Ezra

Selected Bibliography for the Book of Ezra

Rich Cathers
Calvary Chapel
Fullerton, Ca

Notes on Ezra

Ezra 1-3

Ezra 3:8-13

Ezra 4-6

Ezra 5:1-2

Ezra 7-10

Ezra 7:9-10

Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
Commentary on Ezra

Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

Adam Clarke
Commentary on Ezra

Click for brief critique

Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

Steven Cole
Sermon Series on the Book of
Ezra
Over 100 Pages of Expositional Sermons
Functions much like a Commentary
Highly Recommended

Ezra 1:1-11 God's Way Of Renewal

Ezra 2:1-70 Lessons From A List (God's Faithfulness)

Ezra 3:1-13 A New Beginning With God (Renewal) (Valley of Vision)

Ezra 4:1-24 Spiritual Setbacks (Perseverance)

Ezra 5:1-39 Overcoming Discouragement
Ezra 6:1-22 God, the Cause of our Joy

Ezra 7:1-28 The Life that God Blesses

Ezra 8:1-36 The Work that God Blesses

Ezra 9:1-15 The Godly Reaction to Sin

Ezra 10:1-44 Genuine Repentance

Commentary on Ezra
Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible
 Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown
Published 1871

See also Unabridged version of Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Introduction
Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

Thomas Constable
 Commentary on Ezra
Well done, Brief Conservative notes

HINT: Click here to Scroll Bible text synchronized with Constable's notes. Very useful feature!

Note: Commentary does not include introduction with can be found here.

Ezra 1 Ezra 2 Ezra 3 Ezra 4
Ezra 5 Ezra 6 Ezra 7 Ezra 8
Ezra 9 Ezra 10

Ron Daniel
Notes on Ezra

Ezra 1-2
Ezra 3:1-9
Ezra 3:10-13
Ezra 4:1-24
Ezra 5:1-2
Ezra 5:3-6:22
Ezra 7-8
Ezra 9-10

Dale Ralph Davis
Ezra-Nehemiah
Highly Recommended

Rosscup has these comments on Davis' exposition of the Book of Joshua: Former Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary. Davis furnishes evangelical material to help preachers blend sound exegesis, theological substance, interesting exposition and practical application....The studies are not on every verse but key portions out of each chapter, done in a very readable style...(that) preachers or lay people can enjoy...(with) many ideas to provoke sermons and point to application. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)

Keith Mathison in his review of best commentaries on Judges makes general comments that would apply to his short commentary on Nehemiah - “If you can only have one commentary on the historical books, get the commentaries by Davis. There are other commentaries that go into more detail on technical issues (see below), but Davis provides what most Christian readers of these books need — a concise and readable explanation of the text that sets each book within the larger context of biblical redemptive history all without ever becoming boring or trite. This commentary (referring to Davis' commentary on Judges), like the others, is also very practical, but it avoids the kind of moralizing exposition that rips passages out of context in order to make some vague inspirational point.” (Keith Mathison - Ligonier Ministries Blog)

Richard Pratt - “There is no more gifted expositor of the Old Testament in our day than Ralph Davis.”

Derek Thomas - “Dale Ralph Davis is among the finest expositors of the Old Testament alive today. His style is unique and his content infectious. A pastor at heart, his insights are always governed by an absolute loyalty to the text, a belief that the Bible was written for today as much as yesterday, and a desire to encourage his readers to fall in love with Scripture and to trust it.”

Ezra-Nehemiah Commentary - the complete 80 page Pdf (below you will find the same Pdf in its separate parts and also in HTML)

 

Ezra 1:1-11 Introduction; God Moves History for his People Webpage, Word, PDF
Ezra 2:1-70 What You Can Discover on the Church Roll
Webpage, Word, PDF
Ezra 3:1-13 God's People in Gray Times Webpage, Word, PDF
Ezra 4:1-24 No Surprises, or "Let the Troubles Begin" Webpage, Word, PDF
Ezra 5:1-6:22 God is the Ruler Yet Webpage, Word, PDF
Ezra 7:1-8:36 The Strong Hand Webpage, Word, PDF
Ezra 9:1-15 Trouble in Covenant City, part 1
Webpage, Word, PDF

Ezra 10:1-44 Trouble in Covenant City, part 2 Webpage, Word, PDF
Debriefing (Summary of Ezra & Nehemiah): Webpage, Word, PDF

 

Nehemiah 1:1-11 Prayer in the Palace Webpage, Word, PDF (Same material as Pdf above)
Nehemiah 2:1-20 From Court to City
Webpage, Word, PDF

Nehemiah 3:1-32 Blessed Builders Webpage, Word, PDF
Nehemiah 4:1-23 Thru Many Dangers, Toils & Snares, pt 1:Threats against God's Work
Webpage, Word, PDF
Nehemiah 5:1-6:19 Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares, part 2
Webpage, Word, PDF
Nehemiah 7:1-73 Reformation Days, part 1 Webpage, Word, PDF
Nehemiah 8:1-18 Reformation Days, part 2
Webpage, Word, PDF

Nehemiah 9:1-38 Reformation Days, part 3 Webpage, Word, PDF
Nehemiah 10:1-39 Reformation Days, part 4 Webpage, Word, PDF
Nehemiah 11:1-12:26 The Work of Consolidation, part 1 Webpage, Word, PDF

Nehemiah 12:27-13:3 The Work of Consolidation, part 2 Webpage, Word, PDF
Nehemiah 13:4-31 Is Reformation an Event or a Process? Ongoing Perils of the Church
Webpage, Word, PDF

Debriefing (Summary of Ezra & Nehemiah): Webpage, Word, PDF

 

Here is a sample excerpt from Davis' comments on Ezra 7:10 - Design (Ezra 7:10) Note the initial ki (for, because) in the Hebrew text. It explains why the good hand of his God was upon him (Ezra 7:9). God prospered the venture because of Ezra’s purpose. This then is a warning against sloth and carelessness, and a sloppy view of grace. The subject comes before the verb in the Hebrew text, so there is some stress on “Ezra.” On “setting the heart,” the Hiphil of kun plus leb, see Psalm 78:8; 2Chr 12:14; 20:33 (all negative); and 1Sa 7:3; 2Chr 19:3; 30:19. The language of Ezra 7:10 speaks of a ministry that is focused in its objective (set his heart) and intense in its labor (to seek). It is both anchored and vigorous, not content with a little ministerial piddling. Note that Ezra purposes a total ministry: seek, do, teach; the cognitive, the experiential, and the didactic. Note that there are both academic and existential qualifications before

 teaching. The process, ever repeated, is: concentration (seek), consistency (do), communication (teach).

 

You might also want to listen to Dr Davis' Mp3 messages on Ezra-Nehemiah

Ezra 1
Ezra 2

Ezra 3 

Ezra 4

Ezra 5-6

Ezra 7-8

Ezra 9

Ezra 10
 

Nehemiah 1

Nehemiah 2

Nehemiah  3
Nehemiah 4

Nehemiah 5-6

Nehemiah 7

Nehemiah 8

Nehemiah 9

Nehemiah 10

Nehemiah 11-12:26

Nehemiah 12:27-13:3

Nehemiah 13:4-31

Nehemiah Summary of Ezra and Nehemiah

Defender's Study Bible
Notes on Ezra
Henry Morris
Note: Click links in right margin for available notes.

Ezra 1 Ezra 2 Ezra 3 Ezra 4 Ezra 5 Ezra 6 Ezra 7 Ezra 8 Ezra 9 Ezra 10

 Explore the Bible
Teacher Helps on Ezra

Ezra Outline
Ezra 1:1-6; 3:1-3,10-11 Seizing New Opportunities
Ezra 4:4-5,24; 5:1-5; 6:8,13-16 Working with Confidence in God
Ezra 7:8-10; 9:1-2,4; 10:1-5 Following Godly Spiritual Leaders

Ellicott's Commentary on Ezra
W B Pope

Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

John Gill
Commentary on Ezra

Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

L M Grant
Commentary on Ezra
Preface

Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

Dave Guzik
Commentary on Ezra
Conservative, Evangelical, Millennial Perspective

Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

Robert Hawker
Commentary on Ezra

Introduction
Ezra 1

Ezra 2

Ezra 3

Ezra 4
Ezra 5

Ezra 6

Ezra 7

Ezra 8

Ezra 9

Ezra 10

Michael Hardt
Commentary on Ezra
Lessons From Ezra For believers today

Introduction
Ezra 1

Ezra 2

Ezra 3

Ezra 4
Ezra 5

Ezra 6

Ezra 7

Ezra 8

Ezra 9

Ezra 10

Homiletics on Ezra
Pulpit Commentary

Ezra 1

Ezra 2

Ezra 3
Ezra 4

Ezra 5

Ezra 6

Ezra 7

Ezra 8

Ezra 9

Ezra 10

 

Keil and Delitzsch Commentary
on Ezra
Introduction

Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

William Kelly Commentary
on Ezra

Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

John Kitto
Pictorial Bible
Ezra
1855

Introduction
Ezra 1

Ezra 2

Ezra 3

Ezra 4
Ezra 5

Ezra 6

Ezra 7

Ezra 8

Ezra 9

Ezra 10

Paul E. Kretzmann
Commentary
Ezra

Introduction
Ezra 1

Ezra 2

Ezra 3

Ezra 4
Ezra 5

Ezra 6

Ezra 7

Ezra 8

Ezra 9

Ezra 10

Lange's Commentary
Ezra

F. W. Schultz

Introduction
Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

Matthew Henry's
Commentary on Ezra
(1706)

Introduction
Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

Alexander Maclaren
Sermons on Ezra

Ezra 1:1-11 The Eve of the Restoration
Ezra 3:1-13 Altar and Temple
Ezra 4:1-5 Building in Troublous Times
Ezra 6:14-22 The New Temple and Its Worship
Ezra 6:22 God the Joy-Bringer
Ezra 8:22, 23, 31, 32 Heroic Faith
Ezra 8:29 The Charge of the Pilgrim Priests

J Vernon McGee
Commentary on Ezra
Thru the Bible
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Ezra Intro
Ezra Writer

Ezra 1:1

Ezra 1:2
 
Ezra 1:3-11

Ezra 2:1-40

Ezra 2:41-70
 
Ezra 3:1

Ezra 3:2-3
 
Ezra 3:4-11

Ezra 3:12-13
 
Ezra 4:1-24
Ezra 5 Intro

Ezra 5:1-4
 
Ezra 5:5-17

Ezra 6:1-5

Ezra 6:6-22

Ezra 7 Intro

Ezra 7:1-5

Ezra 7:6-10
  
Ezra 7:11-28
 
Ezra 8:1-36
Ezra 9:1 
Ezra 9:2-3
   
Ezra 9:4-5
 
Ezra 9:6-7
 
Ezra 9:8
 
Ezra 9:9-15
  
Ezra 10:1-3

Ezra 10:4-6
 
Ezra 10:7-8
  
Ezra 10:9-44

F B Meyer
Our Daily Homily

Ezra 1:11
Ezra 2:63
Ezra 3:3
Ezra 4:2
Ezra 5:5
Ezra 6:22
Ezra 7:28
Ezra 8:29
Ezra 9:1
Ezra 10:4

F. B. Meyer
Through the Bible' Commentary

Introduction
Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4
Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra   8
Ezra   9
Ezra 10

Miscellaneous
Resources on Ezra
Conservative, Evangelical

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The Pattern of Biblical Preaching- An Expository Study of Ezra 7-10 and Nehemiah 8-1-18 -- By- Steven J. Lawson

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Russell T. Fuller, "Ezra: The Teacher of God’s Word and Agent of Revival," Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 9.3 (Autumn 2005): 52-61. - Excellent Discussion

Stephen Dray, "Ezra: an Applied Overview," Evangel 24.2 (Summer 2006): If you are going to preach through Ezra check out this resource 

H. L. Ellison, From Babylon to Bethlehem. The People of God from the Exile to the Messiah. Exeter: The Paternoster Press, Ltd., 1976. Pbk. ISBN: 0853641900. pp.41-54

P. Richard Choi, "The Intra-Jewish dialogue in 4 Ezra 3:1-9:25," Andrews University Seminary Studies 41.2 (Autumn 2003): 237-254

Leslie McFall, "Was Nehemiah contemporary with Ezra in 458 BC," Westminster Theological Journal 53.2 (Fall 1991): 263-293

Ezra’s Ethics on Intermarriage and Divorce -- By: William R. Eichhorst

A Philip Brown II - Temporal Ordering In Ezra- Part II - Bible.org

A Chronological and Literary Harmony of Ezra & Nehemiah - Time Chart:

H. G. M. Williamson, "Ezra and Nehemiah in the Light of the Texts from Persepolis," Bulletin for Biblical Research 1 (1991): 41-61

J. Stafford Wright, The Date of Ezra's Coming to Jerusalem, 1947. London: The Tyndale Press, 1958. pp.32.

J. Stafford Wright, The Building of the Second Temple. London: The Tyndale Press, 1958. pp.20.

Edwin M. Yamauchi, "The reverse order of Ezra/Nehemiah Reconsidered," Themelios 5.3 (1980): 7-13

SERMONS, DEVOTIONALS,
OUTLINES, etc
EZRA

Ezra - Bible Study Old Testament - Powerpoints
The Big Idea: Ezra - nice 36 slide power point (check it out)

Pete's PP - FREE Presentations K-12 Teachers and Students

Ezra Pictures (see more Google images below)
One clipart picture - Ezra 1:1-11
Biblical Art
Ezra - Maps Related to Ezra

Bible Map - The Return of the Jewish Exiles to Judah (excellent)

Bible Maps
Ezra - Wikipedia Wikipedia
Ezra - Visual Survey - Mp3 Kenneth Boa
Ezra the Praying Reformer E M Bounds
Ezra & Zerubbabel
Ezra & Rebuild Temple
Ezra Return from Exile
Google Images
References To God In Ezra - 35 references including different names A Phillip Brown
Ezra 1:1-11 Cyrus Helps the Exiles to Return
Ezra 3:1-13 Rebuilding the Altar and the Temple
Ezra 4:1-24 The Opposition of Rebuilding
Ezra 6:13-22 Completion, Dedication of Temple
Ezra 10:1-17 The People Confess Their Sin
Curriculum for children
Calvary Curriculum
The Book of Ezra with Notes (1873) James Davies
Ezra-Nehemiah Commentary - Recommended Ralph Davis
Ezra - The Return to the Promised Land Bob Deffinbaugh
An Old Testament Pattern for Expository Preaching

From the Intro: Ezra provides an unusually clear and inspiring pattern of expository preaching in his ministry to the people of Judah at the outset of the postexilic period. He models an expositor's commitment "studying, practicing godliness, and teaching" which leads him to perform an expositor's task reading distinctly and explaining the Scriptures. In so doing, he challenges expositors of all generations to handle accurately the Word of truth. (See related article by Richard Mayhue - Rediscovering Expository Preaching)

David Deuel
Renewal - The Message of Ezra - Mp3 Mark Dever
Ezra

Ezra, Book of

• Ezra - Holman Bible Dictionary

Ezra - Fausset's Bible Dictionary 

• Ezra -Theology of - Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology

Ezra - Hastings Dictionary

Dictionary Articles

The Temple--It's Ministry and Services - Chapter 4 (scroll down to section subtitled "The Courses After the Captivity" for mentions of Ezra)

Table of Contents of The Temple--Its Ministry and Services

Alfred Edersheim
Ezra: Building the Foundations Bob Fromm
Ezra: The Teacher of God’s Word and Agent of Revivals Russell T Fuller
Ezra Book by Book G H Gerberding

Sermons and articles on Ezra - a cornucopia of material including suggestions for a sermon series

The Gospel Coalition
Ezra 1-3
Ezra 4-7
Ezra 8-10
Joe Guglielmo
The Book of Ezra 
Teaching Outline for the Book of Ezra

Teaching Outline for the Book of Ezra
Gregg Herrick
Christ in the Book of Ezra A M Hodgkin

Holman Christian Standard Bible Study Bible - Nice study notes but you need to open a free account. They are a bit difficult to locate but once you find them, you will find that although they are brief and not on every verse, they are conservative and often have related word studies.

Holman Publishing
Lecture on the book of Ezra - covers all 10 chapters William Kelly
Three Sermons on Ezra from Messianic Jewish Pastor Steve Kreloff
Divorce in the Prophets: Discipline or Adultery? W Luck
An Introduction to the Books of Ezra-Nehemiah
An Argument of the Books of Ezra-Nehemiah
Selected Bibliography of the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah
David Malick

Ezra - Author, Date, Background, Setting, Historical, Theological Themes, Interpretative Challenges, Outline - Same Notes found in the MacArthur Study Bible

Outline
I. The First Return under Zerubbabel (Ezra 1:1–6:22)
 

A. Cyrus’ Decree to Return (Ezra 1:1–4)
B. Treasures to Rebuild the Temple (Ezra 1:5–11)
C. Those Who Returned (Ezra 2:1–70)
D. Construction of the Second Temple (Ezra 3:1–6:22)


1. Building begins (Ezra 3:1–13)
2. Opposition surfaces (Ezra 4:1–5)
3. Excursus on future opposition (Ezra 4:6–23)
4. Construction renewed (Ezra 4:24–5:2)
5. Opposition renewed (Ezra 5:3–6:12)
6. Temple completed and dedicated (Ezra 6:13–22)


II. The Second Return under Ezra (Ezra 7:1–10:44)
 

A. Ezra Arrives (Ezra 7:1–8:36)
B. Ezra Leads Revival (Ezra 9:1–10:44)

John MacArthur
Ezra Overview - Mp3 Bill McRae
Ezra-Nehemiah - Intro Notes J Vernon McGee
Ezra-Nehemiah Intro John Edgar McFadyen
Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther Middletown Bible
Ezra Mp3's by Chapter Monergism
Keys to Ezra - below is an excerpt...
OUTSTANDING TEACHINGS:

In contrast to Assyrian and Babylonian kings, the Persians had a national policy (no doubt GOD's direction) to repatriate deported people. Thus the way was opened for Israel to return to her land.

The first step in re-establishing the nation was to begin rebuilding the temple and observing national religious feasts. This was wise, and GOD gave joy in this (Ezra 3:1ff).

Opposition inevitably developed when GOD's work began (Ezra 4:1-22). But with the leadership of the patriots and the encouragement of the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, the work of the temple was completed.

King Artaxerxes (Ezra 7:1) was the stepson of Queen Esther. Some 59 years after the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem, Ezra the priest-scribe led another expedition under the King's favorable commandment (Ezra 7:11-26). Thus Queen Esther may have been responsible under GOD for the impetus given to the work of the restoration. Ezra took with him 1754 men.

The section of Ezra 7-10 shows a period of reform. Ezra found a rather sad situation in Jerusalem. The very thing which GOD had forbidden was happening without restraint; intermarriage with the peoples of the land. Ezra was astounded.

Ezra's prayer is one of the Bible's great ones (Ezra 9:5-15). He confessed the sins of the people and they became deeply moved, promising before GOD to rectify the abuses, especially the unlawful marriages.

The greatest accomplishments of Ezra occurred when GOD sent another great man to aid him, in the person of Nehemiah. Here are two whose gifts beautifully supplemented each other, supplying to each what the other lacked.

The key to Ezra's character is the statement, "For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments" (Ezra 7:10).

KEY TO UNDERSTANDING:

GOD is behind all that happens to the Jew, opening the way, encouraging hearts, giving victories. Yet this captivity was but a sample of the world-wide dispersion that was yet to come. Most of the people of GOD had not learned what GOD was trying to teach.

William W. Orr
Living Messages of the Old Testament - Ezra G. Campbell Morgan
Old Testament Studies- Being the Lessons Given at Various Union Bible -  Ezra and Nehemiah William Newell

Ezra Notes - below is an excerpt...

Since the books of Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther are closely connected and deal with the same period, we give here the principal events covered by those books, in order that the student may see at a glance the history of the period following the captivity.
1. The exiles return under Zerubbabel. 536 B. C.
2. The rebuilding of the temple. 535 B. C.
3. The ministry of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. 520 B. C.
4. The dedication of the temple. 515 B. C.
5. The events related in the book of Esther 478-473 B. C.
6. Ezra visits Jerusalem. 458 B. C.
7. Nehemiah sent to Jerusalem as governor. He rebuilds the wall. 446 B. C.
8. Malachi prophesies.

Myer Pearlman
Ezra & Nehemiah: Restoration & Reform
Chronology of the Kingdom of Israel (Nice timeline of Israel's history)
Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther Chart
Wil Pounds
Solemn Assembly Arend Remmers
The Book of Ezra (overview) Arend Remmers
Ezra - Reformation Study Bible Reformation Study Bible
An Introduction to the Books of Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther A H Sayce
Ezra Sermons - search list of 60 sermons SermonCentral
The Way Back: Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther - Transcript  or Mp3
The Way Back: Ezra
Ray Stedman
Commentary on Ezra 1-10 - Sermon Index Chuck Smith

The Book of Ezra - Title, Author, Timeline, Outline, etc For Example here are John Stevenson's life lessons from the introduction...

LIFE LESSONS


1. The Sovereignty of God.

The Lord is seen to be directing the events of history as He moves pagan kings to do His will (Proverbs 21:1).

2. The Continuing Need for a Land.
God’s plan called for a return of the Jews to the land. They had been taken away as a punishment for their idolatry. They are now brought back so that they might serve Him and worship them in the land. This would be necessary so that the Messiah could be born in Bethlehem.

3. The Grace of God.
God is a God of second chances. He was bringing the people back into the land to give them a second chance to serve Him and to follow Him. They had formerly sinned in their idolatry. Now there is a call to renewed purity.

This is a book of covenant renewal. The people return to their covenant relationship with God and renew their promises to follow Him.

John Stevenson
Analysis of Ezra-Nehemiah James Van Dine

COMMENTARIES
EZRA

Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the book of Ezra Loring W Batten

Ezra: The Jews return to Jerusalem - Easy English Commentary

Robert Bryce
Ezra-Nehemiah Commentary - Recommended Ralph Davis
The Book of Ezra (ch. 7-10) Edward Dennett
Short Commentary on Ezra I Dolphin
Ezra in Commentary on the Holy Bible (1909) John R Dummelow
The Book of Ezra Commentary A C Gaebelein

Defender's Study Bible - Excellent, conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading creationist commentator, Dr Henry Morris.

Henry Morris
Commentary on Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (406pp) Rubin Ratzlaff, Paul Butler
Meditations on the Book of Ezra Hernri Rossier
Ezra 1-10 Chuck Smith
Ezra Studies (1910) C C Torrey

EZRA 1

 Ezra - Nehemiah - It's Never Too Late To Start Over Steve Wagers
Ezra 1 Commentary

1. The Proclamation of Cyrus. Ezra 1:1–4.
2. The Response of the Chiefs of Judah and Benjamin. Ezra 1:5–6.
3. The Vessels of the House of the Lord restored. Ezra 1:7–11.

Arno Gaebelein

Ezra 1-4 Witnesses for God in Dark and Evil Times
Table of Contents of Witnesses for God In Dark and Evil Times

J G Bellet
Ezra 1: Building the Foundations Bob Fromm
Ezra 1 Sermons, et al Sermons @ Logos.com
Ezra Introduction
Ezra 1-6 Introduction
Ezra 1 Commentary
New Century Bible
Ezra 1:1-11 The Stirred Up Spirit - well done James Smith
Ezra 1:1-11 Returning from Captivity J R Miller
Ezra 1:1-11 God and History Phil Newton
Ezra 1:1,2 Chuck Smith
Ezra 1:1,5 Where He Leads Me, I Will Follow P. G. Mathew
Ezra 1:1-5 Who God Uses
Ezra 1:7-11 Restoring Resources
Jim Drake
Ezra 1:1-6: Kingdom Minded People Gary Stebbins
Ezra 1:5-2:7 Missed Opportunities James Capps
Ezra 1:11 F B Meyer
Ezra 1:1-11 The Heart God Moves Larry Brincefield
Ezra 1:5-2:70 The Tragedy of Missed Opportunity Don Robinson

Ezra 1:1-11 God's Way Of Renewal  Recommended

Steven Cole
Ezra 1:1-6:16 I Spy God! Marc Axelrod
Ezra 1:1-2:70 Unity vs. Disunity Ralph Andrus

Ezra 1-3 The Restoration (In "Daily Bible Illustrations)

John Kitto

EZRA 2

Ezra 2 Commentary

1. The Leaders. Ezra 2:1–2.
2. The Names of the Returning Exiles. Ezra 2:3–35.
3. The Priests. Ezra 2:36–39.
4. The Levites and Singers. Ezra 2:40.
5. The Porters and Nethinim. Ezra 2:42–54.
6. Solomon’s Servants. Ezra 2:55–58.
7. Those of Doubtful Descent. Ezra 2:59–63.
8. The Number of the Whole Company. Ezra 2:64–67.
9. The Offering of the House of God. Ezra 2:68–70.

Arno Gaebelein
Ezra 2  What You Can Discover on the Church Roll Dale Ralph Davis
Ezra 2 Sermons, et al Sermons @ Logos.com
Ezra 2 Commentary New Century Bible

Ezra 2:1-70 Lessons From A List  Recommended

Steven Cole
Ezra 2:1-70  What Can We Learn from a Genealogy? Phil Newton

Ezra 2:1-39 Hall of Fame

Jonathan Campbell

Ezra 2:18 The Nethinum

Ezra 2:69 Persian Daric

Handbook of Bible Manners & Customs - Freeman
Ezra 2:63 F B Meyer
Ezra 2:61-3:1 It's Time to Build - Part 2 Steve Malone
Ezra 2:59-70 Building God's House God's Way Harold Wilson
Ezra 2:1-67 Who Are You? Jake Kircher
Ezra 2:1-67 Restoring a Remnant
Ezra 2:68-70 Restoring Responsibility
Jim Drake
Ezra 2:1-70 Assessment for Restoration Ely Lambert

EZRA 3

Ezra 3 Commentary

1. The Altar Set Up. Ezra 3:1–3.
2. The Feast of Tabernacles Celebrated. Ezra 3:4.
3. The Sacrifices Brought. Ezra 3:5–7.
4. The Foundation of the Temple Laid. Ezra 3:8–13.

Arno Gaebelein
Ezra 3 Sermons, et al Sermons @ Logos.com
Ezra 3 Commentary New Century Bible
Ezra 3 Commentary Sermon Bible Commentary
Ezra 3:1-13 Commentary Expositor's Bible Commentary
Ezra 3 Overcoming Disappointment Ray Pritchard
Ezra 3:1-3 Are You Plugged in to Study and Obey God's Word? David Dykes
Ezra 3:1 Restoring Proper Worship Ely Lambert
Ezra 3:1-12 Have You Set Your Altar? Robert Massey
Ezra 3:1-13 Building Up What Was Broken Down Chris Medina
Ezra 3:1-13 Reordering Worship Phil Newton

Ezra 3:1-13 A New Beginning With God  Recommended

Steven Cole
Ezra 3:1-5 Restoring Religion Jim Drake
Ezra 3:3 F B Meyer

Ezra 3:7 Money Tablets

Handbook of Bible Manners & Customs - Freeman
Ezra 3:8-9 Work It! Jim Drake
Ezra 3:10-13 What's All the Racket?  Jim Drake
Ezra 3:8 Devotional
Ezra 3:12 All Generations
Our Daily Bread
Ezra 3:10-13 The Young Men Shouted While The Old Men Wept Alan Carr
Ezra 3:10-4:5 Rebuilding the Temple J R Miller

EZRA 4

Ezra 4 Commentary

1. The Offer of the Samaritans Refused. Ezra 4:1–6
2. The Letter to King Artaxerxes. Ezra 4:7–16.
3. The King’s Reply. Ezra 4:17–22.
4. The Work is Stopped. Ezra 4:23–24.

Arno Gaebelein
Ezra 4 Sermons, et al Sermons @ Logos.com
Ezra 4 Commentary New Century Bible
Ezra 4:1-5 Defeating Discouragement Chip Monck
Ezra 4:1-6 Satan's Methods Chuck Smith
Ezra 4:1-16 How to Stop the Lord's Work Maurice Brown
Ezra 4:1, 4-5 Rebuilding the Temple
Ezra 4:1-5 Him Only
Our Daily Bread
Ezra 4:1-24 Don't Let Opposition Surprise You! Phil Newton

Ezra 4:1-24 Spiritual Setbacks  Recommended

Steven Cole
Ezra 4:2 F B Meyer
Ezra 4:1-3 Almost Right
Ezra 4:4-24 Swimming Upstream
Jim Drake
Ezra 4:1-5 For the Sake of Peace, Let Us Compromise! P. G. Mathew
Ezra 4:4-6 Satanic Activity J Brad Campbell
Ezra 4:14 Good Cause for Great Zeal C H Spurgeon
Ezra 4:1-62 Against all likelihood Melvin Shelton

EZRA 5

Ezra 5 Commentary

1. The Prophetic Ministry of Haggai and Zechariah. Ezra 5:1.
2. The Result of their Ministry.  Ezra 5:2.
3. Tatnai’s Interference.  Ezra 5:3–5.
4. The Letter to Darius.  Ezra 5:6–17.

Arno Gaebelein

Ezra 5-6 Witnesses for God in Dark and Evil Times
Table of Contents of Witnesses for God In Dark and Evil Times

J G Bellet
Ezra 5 Sermons, et al Sermons @ Logos.com
Ezra 5:1-4 Obedience Works!
Ezra 5:5-6:15 Word Blessings
Jim Drake
Ezra 5 Commentary New Century Bible

Ezra 5:1-17 Keep on Keeping on

Larry Brincefield

Ezra 5:1-39 Overcoming Discouragement  Recommended

Steven Cole
Ezra 5:1-6:12 Prophets and Providence Phil Newton
Ezra 5:5 F B Meyer

EZRA 6

Ezra 6 Commentary

1. The Search of the King and the Result. Ezra 6:1–5.
2. The Command of Darius. Ezra 6:6–12.
3. The King’s Command Obeyed. Ezra 6:13.
4. The House finished. Ezra 6:14–15.
5. The Dedication of the House. Ezra 6:16–18.
6. The Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread. Ezra 6:19–22.

Arno Gaebelein
Ezra 6:14 The Secret of Success in the Lord's Work - well done James Smith
Ezra 6 Sermons, et al Sermons @ Logos.com
Ezra 6 Commentary New Century Bible
Ezra 6 Commentary Sermon Bible Commentary
Ezra 6:1-5 Commentary
Ezra 6:6-22 Commentary
Ezra 6:14 Commentary (Scroll Down)
Expositor's Bible Commentary

Ezra 6:1-22 God, the Cause of our Joy  Recommended

Steven Cole

Ezra 6:1-22 They Finished the Temple

Larry Brincefield

Ezra 6:3 Let the House Be Built

Mike Rickman

Ezra 6:3-4 Temple of Zerubbabel
Ezra 6:15 Adar

Handbook of Bible Manners & Customs - Freeman
Ezra 6:13-22 Celebration! Phil Newton

Ezra 6:14 The Subserviency of a Faithful Ministry...

Charles Simeon
Ezra 6:14-22 Dedicating the Temple J R Miller
Ezra 5:5-6:15 Word Blessings
Ezra 6:16-22 Dedicated to Joy
Jim Drake
Ezra 6:22 F B Meyer

EZRA 7

Ezra 7 Commentary

1. The Journey of Ezra to Jerusalem. Ezra 7:1–10.
2. The Decree of Artaxerxes. Ezra 7:11–26.
3. Ezra’s Thanksgiving. Ezra 7:27–28.

Arno Gaebelein
Ezra 7 Sermons, et al Sermons @ Logos.com
Ezra 7 Commentary New Century Bible

Ezra 7-10 Witnesses for God in Dark and Evil Times
Table of Contents of Witnesses for God In Dark and Evil Times

J G Bellet

Ezra 7:1-10 Moving on to Our High Calling

Delfin Corona
Ezra 7:1-10 - Distinctive Life in a Decaying Culture Part I -- Mp3
From The Return to the Coming of Christ – The Evolution of Error - Ezra/Nehemiah
Tom Nelson

Ezra 7:1-10 Ezra: The Leader

Ralph Andrus
Ezra 7:1-28 Ezra - A Man of the Word Mp3 Only Phil Newton

Ezra 7:1-28 The Life that God Blesses  Recommended

Steven Cole
Ezra 7:10 The Good Hand of the LORD
Ezra 7:10 The Preparation of the Heart
Chuck Smith
Ezra According to the Gospel - Ezra 7:10 P G Ryken

Ezra 7:10 Why Was the Good Hand of Jehovah on Ezra - in depth -recommended

Preceptaustin
Ezra 7:6, 10  Ezra Michael McCartney
Ezra 7:6-10  How to Experience God Larry Brincefield

Ezra 7-9 The Time to Pray

David H Roper
Ezra 7:9-10  God's Gracious Hand Jose Rodriguez
Ezra 7:10 Ezra's Life and Character - well done James Smith
Ezra 7:10  The Lord's Messenger Bruce Ferris
Ezra 7:10, 9:5-15 Mom's Translation
Ezra 7:10 Seeing God's Hand
Our Daily Bread
Ezra 7:28 F B Meyer

Ezra 7-10 Ezra (In "Daily Bible Illustrations)

John Kitto

EZRA 8

Ezra 8 Commentary

1. Those who Returned with Ezra. Ezra 8:1–14.
2. The Gathering at Ahava. Ezra 8:15–20.
3. The Fast Proclaimed. Ezra 8:21–23.
4. The Appointment of Guardians. Ezra 8:24–30.
5. The Departure and Arrival in Jerusalem. Ezra 8:31–36.

Arno Gaebelein
Ezra 8 Sermons, et al Sermons @ Logos.com
Ezra 8 Commentary New Century Bible
Ezra 8 Commentary Sermon Bible Commentary
Ezra 8 The Time In Which We Live T. Austin-Sparks
Ezra 8:1-36 Spiritual Integrity, Pt. 1  Mp3 Only
Ezra 8:1-36 Spiritual Integrity, Pt. 2  Mp3 Only
Phil Newton

Ezra 8:1-36 The Work that God Blesses  Recommended

Steven Cole
Ezra 8:21-35 Prayer, Work and Praise Our Daily Bread
Ezra 8:18 The Good Hand of Our God Upon Us
Ezra 8:21-23 Put on the Spot for God
Ezra 8:21-23 Bragging on God
Ezra 8:22 The Good Hand of Our God
Chuck Smith
Ezra 8:21 Carrying God's Treasures In A Dangerous Land Charles Trout
Ezra 8:21-23 Fasting Roger Barrier
Ezra 8:21-23 Let the House Be Built Mike Rickman
Ezra 8:21-23 Fasting for the Safety of the Little Ones John Piper
Ezra 8:21-32 Ezra's Journey to Jerusalem J R Miller
Ezra 8:21-35 Meet Me At the River Jim Drake
Ezra 8:21-35 Prayer, Work and Praise Our Daily Bread
Ezra 8:29 F B Meyer

EZRA 9

Ezra 9 Commentary

1. Ezra’s Astonishment and Grief. Ezra 9:1–4.
2. Ezra’s Confession and Prayer. Ezra 9:5–15.

Arno Gaebelein
Ezra 9 Sermons, et al Sermons @ Logos.com
Ezra 9 Commentary New Century Bible
Ezra 9:1-15 Guilt and Grace  Mp3 Only Phil Newton

Ezra 9:1-15 The Godly Reaction to Sin  Recommended

Steven Cole
Ezra 9:1-4 We Stand Before You in Our Guilt Steve Zeisler
Ezra 9:1-10:17 Prayer in the Life of Ezra - See page 46 F B Meyer
Ezra 9:1 F B Meyer
Ezra 9:3 Chuck Smith
Ezra 9:3-5 Counting Change
Ezra 9:6-15 Broken Prayer
Jim Drake
Ezra 9:6 Confession of Sin in his book "The New Life" Andrew Murray
Ezra 9:6 Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character: 15 - The Spirit of Prayer Gardiner Spring
Ezra 9:6 Where Shall We Hide Our Blushing Face Octavius Winslow
Ezra 9 - Keeping Your Commitments Brian Bill
Ezra 9 - Dealing With Sin Sermon Outline
Ezra 9:1-9 Prayer Brings a Nation to Repentance Wah Lok Ng
Ezra 9:1-10:1 Devotional Our Daily Bread

Ezra 9:6,10  Words to Winners of Souls: 3 - Past Defects

Horatius Bonar

Ezra 9:5,6 Ezra's Humiliation for the Sins of His People

Ezra 9:13, 14 Use of God's Diversified Dispensations

Charles Simeon

Ezra 9:8-9 When Bad News Arrives

Craig Cramblet

Ezra 9:8-9 True Revival

John Petty

EZRA 10

Ezra 10 Commentary

1. The Effect of Ezra’s Prayer on the People. Ezra 10:1–4.
2. Ezra Summons an Assembly. Ezra 10:5–8.
3. The Gathering. Confession and the Evil Judged. Ezra 10:9–17.
4. The Register of those who had Married Strange Women. Ezra 10:18–44.

Arno Gaebelein
Ezra 10 Sermons, et al Sermons @ Logos.com
Ezra 10 Commentary New Century Bible
Ezra 10 Commentary Sermon Bible Commentary
Ezra 10:1-44 Commentary Expositor's Bible Commentary
Ezra 10  Yet Now there is Hope Greg Irby

Ezra 10:1-5 Follow the Leader
Ezra 10:6-44 Spiritual Leadership/Faithful Followership

Jim Drake
Ezra 10:1-44 Covenant Renewed Mp3 Only Phil Newton

Ezra 10:1-44 Genuine Repentance  Recommended

Steven Cole
Ezra 10:4 F B Meyer
Ezra 10:12 Imperative Obedience (devotional) Iain Paisley

James Nisbet's
Church Pulpit Commentary
Ezra

Introduction Ezra 1 Ezra 3 Ezra 4
Ezra 5 Ezra 7 Ezra 8 Ezra 9
Ezra 10

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Our Daily Bread
Devotional Illustrations on Ezra
RBC Ministries
Updated November 26, 2015

Ezra 1:1-4 The Cyrus Cylinder

Ezra 3:8 Devotional
Ezra 3:1-6 As It Is Written
Ezra 3:8-11 All Generations
Ezra 3:10-13 Joy In The Midst Of Grief
Ezra 3:12 All Generations

Ezra 4:1, 4-5 Rebuilding the Temple
Ezra 4:1-5 Him Only

Ezra 5:5-17 Keep Calm and Carry On

Ezra 7:10 Mom's Translation
Ezra 7:1-10,27-28 Seeing God's Hand
Ezra 7:10 No Appetite

Ezra 8:21-35 Prayer, Work and Praise
Ezra 9:1-10:1 Devotional

Ezra 9:1-5 Pride at the Core
Ezra 9:5-9 Tree of Rest
Ezra 9:5-15 Mom's Translation

Joseph Parker
People's Bible
Ezra

Ezra Introduction
Ezra 1 Cyrus' Proclamation
Ezra 2 Melancholy Records
Ezra 3 Daily Duty
Ezra 4 Builders and Adversaries
Ezra 5
Ezra 6 Prophets and Builders

Ezra 7

Ezra 8
Ezra 9
Ezra 10 

Peter Pett
Commentary
Ezra

Ezra 1

Ezra 2

Ezra 3

Ezra 4

Ezra 5

Ezra 6

Ezra 7

Ezra 8

Ezra 9

Ezra 10

Matthew Poole
Commentary
Ezra

Introduction

Ezra 1

Ezra 2

Ezra 3

Ezra 4

Ezra 5

Ezra 6

Ezra 7

Ezra 8

Ezra 9

Ezra 10

Preacher's Homiletical
Commentary
Ezra
An Excellent Resource
William Jones
1881
Homiletical Index
Index of Illustrations
Analytical Index

 

Ezra Introduction


Ezra 1 Exposition (Hint: Scroll down for the homilies in each chapter)

Ezra 1:1 The Fulfilment of the Word of the Lord
Ezra 1:1 Resemblance between the Proclamation of Cyrus and the Gospel
Ezra 1:2-4 The Edict of Cyrus
Ezra 1:1-5 The Proclamation of Cyrus
Ezra 1:3 God with us
Ezra 1:3,5 The Release of the Jews from Babylon an Illustration of the Redemption of Man from Sin
Ezra 1:5-6 The Return of the Exiles
Ezra 1:5-6 The Results of the Captivity
Ezra 1:7-11 The Restoration of the Sacred Vessels

 

Ezra 2 Exposition

Ezra 2:1-2 Going up out of Captivity
Ezra 2:2 A Suggestive Record
Ezra 2:36-58 Religious Service
Ezra 2:59-63 The Importance of a Clear Spiritual Pedigree
Ezra 2:65-70 Possessions and Offerings

 

Ezra 3 Exposition

Ezra 3:1-3 The Rebuilding of the Altar: Exemplary Features of Divine Worship
Ezra 3:4-6 The Celebration of the Sacred Festivals Resumed
Ezra 3:4 The Work of the Day done in the Day
Ezra 3:6b-7 The Preparations for Rebuilding the Temple
Ezra 3:8-13 Laying the Foundation of the Temple
Ezra 3:11-13 The Building of the Temple
Ezra 3 The Altar and the Foundation of the Temple

 

Ezra 4 Exposition

Ezra 4:1-3 The Proposal of the Samaritans to the Jews
Ezra 4:1-3 The Proposals of the Wicked and how to Treat them
Ezra 4:3 The True Builders of the Spiritual Temple of God
Ezra 4:4-5, 24 The Hostility of the Samaritans to the Jews
Ezra 4:6-16 The Antagonism of the World to the Church
Ezra 4:14 Good Cause for Great Zeal
Ezra 4:17-23 The Success of the Subtle Scheme of the Samaritans, or the Temporary Triumph of the Wicked

 

Ezra 5 Exposition

Ezra 5:1-2 The Great Work Resumed
Ezra 5:3-5 The Great Work Investigated and Continued
Ezra 5:6-17 The Letter to the King concerning the Work
Ezra 5:11 The Supremacy of God
Ezra 5:12 Arguments Against Sinning

 

Ezra 6 Exposition

Ezra 6:1-5 A Thorough Search and an Important Discovery
Ezra 6:6-12 The Decree of Darius
Ezra 6:4 A Believer's Expenses
Ezra 6:10 The Desire of a Sovereign and the Duty of Subjects
Ezra 6:13-15 The Completion of the Temple
Ezra 6:14 The Subserviency of a Faithful Ministry to the Erection of God's Spiritual Temple
Ezra 6:16-18 The Dedication of the Temple
Ezra 6:19-22 The Celebration of the Passover
Ezra 6:16-22 The Dedication of the Second Temple
Ezra 6 (Outline of Entire Chapter) The Dedication of the Temple

 

Ezra 7 Exposition

Ezra 7:1-10 Ezra the Distinguished
Ezra 7:10 Studying, Practising, and Teaching the Sacred Scriptures
Ezra 7:10 The Christian Ministry
Ezra 7:10 Divine Sequence
Ezra 7:11-26 The Commission of Artaxerxes to Ezra
Ezra 7:23 Reasons for Active Devotedness to the Cause of God
Ezra 7:23 The Decree of Artaxerxes
Ezra 7:27-28 Exemplary Praise
 

Ezra 8 Exposition

Ezra 8:1-20 The Assembly at Ahava
Ezra 8:1-20 The Companions of Ezra on His Journey to Jerusalem
Ezra 8:18 Men of understanding
Ezra 8:21-23 Ezra's Confidence in God
Ezra 8:21-23 Faith and Prudence
Ezra 8:21-23 Ezra and His Times
Ezra 8:21-23 Ezra an Example in Business
Ezra 8:22 Contrasts
Ezra 8:22 Seeking the Lord and its Advantages
Ezra 8:24-30 The Guardianship of the Sacred Treasures
Ezra 8:31-32 From Ahava to Jerusalem: An Illustration of the Pilgrimage of the Christian
Ezra 8:33-36 At Jerusalem: The Faithful Surrender of Important Trusts

 

Ezra 9 Exposition

Ezra 9:1-4 The Good Man's Sorrow Over the People's Sin
Ezra 9:5-15 The Good Man's Confession of the People's Sin
Ezra 9:5-6 Ezra's Humiliation for the Sins of His People
Ezra 9:8 Ezra's Address
Ezra 9:12 Forbidden Marriages
Ezra 9:13-14 Use of God's Diversified Dispensations

 

Ezra 10 Exposition

Ezra 10:1-25 The Reformation Proposed
Ezra 10:4 True Loyalty
Ezra 10:6-12 The Reformation Decided Upon
Ezra 10:9 A Great and Troubled Assembly
Ezra 10:13-17 The Reformation Effected
Ezra 10:18-44 The List of Offenders

Pulpit Commentary
Ezra
Exposition and Homilies
The Pulpit Commentary Homiletical Index

Ezra Introduction


Ezra 1:1-11 Exposition (Hint: Scroll down for the homilies in each chapter)

Ezra 1:1 The Crisis
Ezra 1:2-4 The Edict
Ezra 1:1 The Sovereignty of God
Ezra 1:1-4, 7-11 The Wide Reach of the Rule of God

Ezra 1:5-11 The Muster
Ezra 1:5-6 God's Action on the Minds of His People
Ezra 1:5-6 The Return
Ezra 1:5-6 The Response
Ezra 1:1-11 The Beginning of a Great Religious Movement

 

Ezra 2:1-70 Exposition

Ezra 2:1-67 The Muster-Roll
Ezra 2:1-2 The Restoration of Israel
Ezra 2:1-67 Spiritual Significance
Ezra 2:61-63 The Privileges of the Priesthood
Ezra 2:1-70 Men Forsaking the Worldly Life
Ezra 2:68-70 The Arrival
Ezra 2:68-70 Social and Spiritual Gradations

 

Ezra 3:1-13 Exposition

Ezra 3:1-3 The First Sacrifice
Ezra 3:1-3 The Altar Rebuilt
Ezra 3:1-7 Acceptable Service
Ezra 3:1-7 Aspects of Worship
Ezra 3:4-7 The First Feast
Ezra 3:4-6 The Worship of the First Year
Ezra 3:8-13 The First Stone
Ezra 3:7-13 Thought, Work, and Feeling
Ezra 3:7-13 The Founding of the Temple
Ezra 3:8-13 The Joyful and Sorrowful in Religious Worship

 

Ezra 4:1-24 Exposition

Ezra 4:1-3 The Work Endangered
Ezra 4:1-3 Peace and Purity
Ezra 4:1-5 A Sinful Alliance Sought and Rejected
Ezra 4:1-5 The Friendship of the World
Ezra 4:4-5 The Work Checked
Ezra 4:4-5 Human Hatred
Ezra 4:6-16 The Work Maligned
Ezra 4:4-16 The World's Opposition to the Church
Ezra 4:6-24 Three Thoughts from Old Documents
Ezra 4:17-24 The Work Stopped
Ezra 4:17-24 Man Hindering the Work of God

Ezra 4:24 Hindrances

 

Ezra 5:1-17 Exposition

Ezra 5:1-2 The Work Revived
Ezra 5:1-2 The Inspiration of Prophecy
Ezra 5:1-5 A Faithful Ministry in the Church
Ezra 5:3-17 Opposition Revived
Ezra 5:3-5 The Eye of God
Ezra 5:3-17 Wisdom in Trial
Ezra 5:5 The Providence of God over the Church
Ezra 5:6-17 The Letter to Darius
Ezra 5:11-17 Things a Church Should Understand Concerning Itself

 

Ezra 6:1-22 Exposition

Ezra 6:1-12 Opposition Silenced
Ezra 6:1-5 The Decree of Cyrus
Ezra 6:1-12 Some Useful Things
Ezra 6:6-13 The Degree of Darius
Ezra 6:13-22 The Work Completed
Ezra 6:12-15 Overthrow and Upbuilding
Ezra 6:13-15 The Successful Issue
Ezra 6:14-16 The Temple Finished
Ezra 6:15 Church Prosperity
Ezra 6:15 Church Building
Ezra 6:16-18 The Dedication of the Temple
Ezra 6:16-22 Timely and Wise Enthusiasm
Ezra 6:16-22 Church Dedication
Ezra 6:19-22 The Passover

 

Ezra 7:1-26 Exposition

Ezra 7:1-10 The Work Completed
Ezra 7:1-10 The Exodus Under Ezra
Ezra 7:1-10 Ezra: His Character and Work
Ezra 7:1-10 Ezra: the Type of an Ideal Minister
Ezra 7:9-10 Ezra and His Mission
Ezra 7:11-26 The Reformer's Commission
Ezra 7:11 The Royal and the Religious
Ezra 7:11-26 Pagan Piety
Ezra 7:11-26 Ezra's Commission from Artaxerxes
Ezra 7:21-24 The Decree of Artaxerxes to the Treasurers
Ezra 7:27-28 The Extension of the Mercy of the Covenant
Ezra 7:27-28, Ezra 8:1-20 Influence

 

Ezra 8:1-36 Exposition

Ezra 8:1-20 The Rendezvous or the Second Muster
Ezra 8:1-20 The Church Preparing Itself for Duty
Ezra 8:15-20 The Halt at the Ahava
Ezra 8:21-30 Before Starting
Ezra 8:31-36 After Arriving
Ezra 8:21-23 The Fast at the Ahava
Ezra 8:21-23 The Spiritual and Secular Aids of Life
Ezra 8:24 The Sacred Trusts of Life
Ezra 8:24 The Custody of the Treasure
Ezra 8:24-36 Zionwards
Ezra 8:32-36 Progress

 

Ezra 9:1-15 Exposition

Ezra 9:1-4 An Astounding Discovery
Ezra 9:5-15 A Flood of Tears
Ezra 9:1-4 Spiritual Separation
Ezra 9:1-4 Ezra's Grief
Ezra 9:1-4 Disappointment and Disobedience
Ezra 9:4-15 Sensibility
Ezra 9:5 The Dawn of Hope
Ezra 9:5-15 A Good Man's Sight of Sin
Ezra 9:6-15 Ezra's Prayer

 

Ezra 10:1-44 Exposition

Ezra 10:6 Ezra's Fast
Ezra 10:1-5 The Speech of Shekinah
Ezra 10:5-15 A Flood of Tears
Ezra 10:18-44 The Names of those Who Had Married the Strange Wives
Ezra 10:1-5 A Gleam of Hope
Ezra 10:6-12 A National Call
Ezra 10:13-44 A Satisfactory Close
Ezra 10:1-8 Things Exceptional
Ezra 10:6-44 The Reformation
Ezra 10:9-44 Sin and Repentance

Precept Ministry International
Inductive Bible Study Course
Ezra/Haggai - Rebuilding the Temple
1-800-763-8280
Much of the material below is from

Louisiana Precept

Calendar of Israel

Ezra for Kids


Ezra 1-3: Does God Keep His Promises?
Chart - The God Who Restores:
Timeline - Return to The Land:

 

Ezra 4-6: Why So Much Opposition When We Follow His Direction?
Cross-References
Kings of Medo-Persia: Cyrus - Artaxerxes:
Map: The People of The Land
Timeline: Rebuild the Temple

 

Ezra 7-8 - Learning from Life, Lineage of Ezra
Cross-References
Chart: Ezra's Priestly Pedigree
Chart: Set Your Heart to Study God's Word
Chart: When Ezra Preached the Law (Nehemiah):
Chart: Evolution of Judaism

 

Ezra 9-10: Open Shame: When God's People Forsake His Commands
Cross-References
Chart: You are HOLY to the LORD (& Course Summary):
Flowchart: Church Discipline :
Chart: Memorize the 10 Commandments:

Henri L. Rossier
Meditations on the Book of Ezra

Introduction

Ezra 1 and 2, First exodus

Ezra 3, The altar and the foundations of the temple

Ezra 4, The work interrupted

Ezra 5 and 6, Revival and the construction of the temple

Ezra 7,  Ezra

Ezra 8,  The second exodus

Ezra 9 and 10, Purification of the people

Scofield's Reference Notes
 Book of Ezra

Introduction

Ezra 2

Ezra 3

Ezra 4

Ezra 5

Ezra 6

Ezra 7

Ezra 8

Ezra 10

Sermons
 Book of Ezra
Sermons below for first verse - hit arrow to advance to next verse

Ezra 1

Ezra 2

Ezra 3

Ezra 4

Ezra 5

Ezra 6

Ezra 7

Ezra 8

Ezra 9

Ezra 10

   

Charles Simeon
Sermons on the Book of Ezra

NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering (Mp3 even better)

Ezra 3:11-13 The Rebuilding of the Temple

Ezra 6:10 Sermon on the King's Accession.

Ezra 6:14 The Subserviency of a Faithful Ministry...
Ezra 7:23 The Decree of Artaxerxes
Ezra 9:5-6 Ezra's Humiliation for the Sins of His People

Ezra 9:13, 14 Use of God's Diversified Dispensations

Speaker's Commentary
F C Cook, Editor
Introduction

Ezra 1
Ezra 2
Ezra 3
Ezra 4

Ezra 5
Ezra 6
Ezra 7
Ezra 8

Ezra 9
Ezra 10

C. H. Spurgeon
His Only Sermon on Ezra

Ezra 4:14 Good Cause for Great Zeal

C H Spurgeon
Devotionals
Morning and Evening
Faith's Checkbook

Ezra 7:22
Ezra 8:22

John Stevenson
Ezra Studies

Rebuilding What Once Was
Includes well done tables

Ezra Introduction - Coming Back to God
Ezra 1. The Decree to Return
Ezra 2. The Number of Those Who Came
Ezra 3. The Rebuilding of Worship
Ezra 4. A Rising Opposition
Ezra 5-6. Opposition Overcome - The Completion of the Temple
Ezra 7. Enter Ezra - the Leader of the Second Return
Ezra 8. The Second Return
Ezra 9. A Crisis of Faith and Family
Ezra 10. The Great Divorce

Third Millennium
Study Bible Notes
The Book of Ezra

Outline & References

Structural Outline

References and Related Resources

Notes on the Text

Chapter 1

Ezra: List of Major Bible Charts, Maps, & Pictures

The Return of the Exiles and the Rebuilding of the Temple - Ezra 1:1-6:22

The Return of the Exiles - Ezra 1:1-2:70

The Decree of Cyrus - Ezra 1:1-4

The Preparations for Return - Ezra 1:5-11

Chapter 2

The List of Returnees - Ezra 2:1-70

Chapter 3

The Rebuilding of the Temple - Ezra 3:1-6:22

The Rebuilding of the Altar - Ezra 3:1-6

The Rebuilding of the Temple Proper - Ezra 3:7-6:22

The Rebuilding Begins - Ezra 3:7-13

Chapter 4

Opposition to Rebuilding - Ezra 4:1-24

Chapter 5

Rebuilding Resumed - Ezra 5:1-2

Opposition to Rebuilding - Ezra 5:3-6:12

Chapter 6

Rebuilding Completed - Ezra 6:13-22

Chapter 7

The Return of Ezra and the Rebuilding of the Community - Ezra 7:1-10:44

The Return of Ezra - Ezra 7:1-8:36

Introduction of Ezra - Ezra 7:1-10

Ezra's Commission - Ezra 7:11-26

Ezra's Doxology - Ezra 7:27-28

Chapter 8

Ezra's Companions - Ezra 8:1-14

Ezra's Arrival - Ezra 8:15-36

Chapter 9

The Rebuilding of the Community - Ezra 9:1-10:44

Ezra's Reaction to Intermarriage - Ezra 9:1-15

Ezra Hears - Ezra 9:1-2

Ezra Grieves - Ezra 9:3-4

Ezra Confesses - Ezra 9:5-15

Chapter 10

The People's Reaction to Ezra - Ezra 10:1-44

The People Grieve - Ezra 10:1

The People Confess - Ezra 10:2

The People Repent - Ezra 10:3-17

The Guilty People - Ezra 10:18-44

John Trapp
Commentary

Ezra

C H Spurgeon: Would it be possible to eulogize too much the incomparably sententious and suggestive folios of JOHN TRAPP?[6] Since Mr. Dickinson has rendered them accessible,[7] I trust most of you have bought them. Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment, to thoughtful men, to men who only want a start in a line of thought, and are then able to run alone. Trapp excels in witty stories on the one hand, and learned allusions on the other. You will not thoroughly enjoy him unless you can turn to the original, and yet a mere dunce at classics will prize him. His writings remind me of himself: he was a pastor, hence his holy practical remarks; he was the head of a public school, and everywhere we see his profound scholarship; he was for some time amid the guns and drums of a parliamentary garrison, and he gossips and tells queer anecdotes like a man used to a soldier's life; yet withal, he comments as if he had been nothing else but a commentator all his days. Some of his remarks are far fetched, and like the far fetched rarities of Solomon's Tarshish, there is much gold and silver, but there are also apes and peacocks. His criticisms would some of them be the cause of amusement in these days of greater scholarship; but for all that, he who shall excel Trapp had need rise very early in the morning. Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else. Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, and all the other condiments. Put him on the table when you study, and when you have your dish ready, use him by way of spicing the whole thing. Yes, gentlemen, read Trapp certainly, and if you catch the infection of his consecrated humor, so much the better for your hearers.

Ezra 1

Ezra 2

Ezra 3

Ezra 4

Ezra 5

Ezra 6

Ezra 7

Ezra 8

Ezra 9

Ezra 10

Today in the Word
Devotionals
Moody Bible Institute
Note: Click Chapter Title for Multiple Devotionals on each chapter
Bonus feature: Devotionals by G Campbell Morgan on each chapter

Ezra 1

Ezra 2

Ezra 3

Ezra 4

Ezra 5

Ezra 6

Ezra 7

Ezra 8

Ezra 9

Ezra 10

Bob Utley
Ezra Commentary

Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther

Ezra 1 Commentary
Ezra 2 Commentary

Ezra 3 Commentary

Ezra 4 Commentary
Ezra 5 Commentary

Ezra 6 Commentary
Ezra 7 Commentary
Ezra 8 Commentary

Ezra 9 Commentary
Ezra 10 Commentary

 

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