9 On the first…

On the first day of the first month he began his journey from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him. 10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.

Ezra 7:9-10

I love passages in the Bible where God tells us that His “hand was on….”.  Usually when He does that, He explains to us why it was, and how we can experience it, too.

It’s that way in this passage.  

We’re told that the good hand of his God was upon Him – because he:

  • prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord
  • prepared his heart to do it
  • prepared his heart to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel

I love that in each thing he prepared his heart.  That’s where we need to start.   We need to prepare our hearts.

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