Daniel Chapter 8: How Long, O Lord?

What do God’s people hold on to in the midst of suffering, darkness and the presence of evil? ¬†Daniel 8 leads us to see that despite evil raging and transgressions rising, we can be assured of God’s sovereign reign, His wise judgements and His grace to...

Community Restoration Completed

The long spiritual and physical journey of the exiles of Israel that is recorded in the book of Ezra is concluded as the people address their sin with humble repentance. In this final chapter of the book, we are provided with a number of lessons that help us to find...

Community Restoration Begins

The restoration of the faith community Ezra led back to Israel began with a journey back to the land God had promised to Abraham and had fulfilled in later years. Their ability to return was brought about through the active hand of God on the many circumstances needed...

Restoration Rejoicing

After many years and much adversity and afflictions, the returning exiles were able to rebuild the House of God. Upon the completion of the Temple, the people celebrated with worship because it was God that had orchestrated their restoration, while also remembering...

Resuming Restoration (Part 2)

The efforts to rebuild the Temple have undergone a number of ups and downs, starts and stops. But with the favor of King Darius, the people of God can complete their calling. As we study this passage, we learn a number of lessons about God’s providence, our...