The Return Home
Topic: God makes a way Scripture: Ezra 1:1–4:3, Haggai 1:3–1:9
The southern kingdom of Judah has been in exile for 70 years. This all came about at the hands of God’s loving discipline. You see, of the 12 tribes of Israel, they are the one God chose to bring us the Messiah – Jesus Christ. But they failed to accurately represent God to the other nations. If God continued to bless them as they did evil and flirted with the worship of other gods, it would send a confusing message about the nature and plan of the one true God in providing the way for all of us, not just the Jews, to get back with God in the garden.
The 70 years are up and it is time for them to come home – to Jerusalem.