That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed
Much Biblical history was recorded in other places also, not a testament of evidence, but just for the sake of keeping some things documented.
“for Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgement.”
This verse reveals to us the spiritual maturity of Ezra, it shows us his heart and soul. It’s a verse that should challenge our hearts today. It’s a verse that should be a reality in each of our lives.
I. Seek the Law of the Lord
A. Prepared his heart first
1. Prepared: to establish, fix, apply, be stable, implies a deliberate effort over time
a. Our natural heart does not naturally seek the Word of God
b. Our heart is a composition of all three components of our soul—our mind,
emotion, and will—plus the most important part of our spirit—our conscious.
c. Jesus taught in Mark 7:21-13 that sins like evil thoughts, sexual immorality,
theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance
and foolishness, actually originate in the heart of man. It’s called our sin nature.
1) The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure, who can
understand it ? Jer. 17:9
a) Is. 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness
are as filthy rags; and we all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind,
have taken us away.
2) Our Heart affects our actions. Rehoboam did evil because he prepared
not his heart to seek the Lord II Chron. 12:14 ( grandson of David,
started sensitive to the Lord, but it lasted only 3 out of his 17 yrs reign)
2. Humanity has a heart problem, and needs a heart transplant.
a. God must "remove the heart of stone" and replace it with "a heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 36:26).
1) We are to break up your fallow ground : Jer. 4:3, Hos. 10:12
(we can get a hard heart, a calloused heart)
3. We need to set (prepare) our heart and soul to seek God I Chron. 22:19
a. Samuel told the children of Israel to “…prepare your hearts unto the LORD,
and serve Him only” (1Samuel 7:3b)
a. David had fixed his heart.. “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed:
I will sing and give praise” (Ps. 57:7)
b. Many a person has failed because they failed to prepare their heart, failed to fix it
Ezra prepared his heart to do three things: Seek the Law of the Lord, to Do it, and to Teach it.
B. Seek defined: to inquire, seek after, search, pursue after
1. The old Testament says a lot about seeking.
a. Deut 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God,
thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul
b. Jer. 29:13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart
c. Psalm 119:10 with my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your
2. Jesus talked about seeking in the New Testament
a. Seek ye first the kingdom of God…Mt 6:33, seek and ye shall find..etc.
1) It’s a great Bible Study to look at the things Jesus was seeking for…and to
study what God seeks for in the O.T.
. 3. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. Phil 2:21
Ezra prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord
C. Ezra loved God’s Word ( Ezra sought God’s Word. We seek after whatever we love )
1. David’s example. Psalm 119:97 Oh how I love thy law, it is my meditation
all the day.
2. Loving God’s Word gives great peace. Ps. 119:165 -Ocean View Baptist Church
Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.