Ezra #2

It appears someone has hacked our web site. People are calling saying they cannot give through the internet. It is horrible and we are trying to come up with a solution. We need an expert.

With Dr. Miguel gone we need more nurses. We do have 3 practical nurses but need and RN or even a physician. This is my greatest need at the moment.

I have not heard from any areas where 3-5 churches could have us in their area for 2 weeks. If it doe not work then it just will not work.

Today was visiting day so some children were very happy and some very sad. Today was visiting day and as usual you have happy children with visits and unhappy children ho do not receive visits.

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Following Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther the OT has what is known as the 400 silent years. The history of those 400 years is not recorded until Jesus is born. Israel and Judah have both been in captivity for generations either in Assyria or Babylon. But now God begins to demonstrate His forgiving love.

Ezra and Nehemiah will begin telling the story of the period of restoration. Historically you have to remember that the ten tribes had divided into the northern kingdom of Israel and were sent to Assyria about 722B.C. These would be known as the Lost Tribe.

Judah, two tribes was known as the southern kingdom and was captured in 586B.C. by the Babylonians who destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem. Jeremiah had said the Babylonian captivity would last 70 years so it was far longer than the Assyrian captivity.

The historical names that you may want to study on your own are Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Cyrus king of Persia and his fellow kings Darius and Artaxerxes. The main leaders of the restoration would be Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah. Readin in chapters 5:1 and 6:14 you see the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. Malachi would show up later when Nehemiah returns to visit Babylon.

For me the truth that moves me is that we see how God fulfills his promises.