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Ezra was a teacher of God’s law who was sent by King Artaxerxes of Persia to provide spiritual guidance for the resettlement of Jerusalem. (This resettlement plan had been initiated by a predecessor, King Cyrus of Persia.)
Ezra was shocked by the degree of idolatry he found in Jerusalem! Step by step, he began to re-teach the people the truths about their God whom they had so long ignored (22).
About 10 years later, Nehemiah — an able administrator in the court of King Artaxerxes — was shocked to learn that rebuilding in Jerusalem had been halted! Nehemiah appealed to the king for permission to go to Jerusalem to make sure the work was completed. Upon arrival in Jerusalem, Nehemiah carefully surveyed the situation, developed a plan for its correction, and then led the people in the successful implementation of that plan.
Haggai & Zechariah were prophets during the resettlement & rebuilding of Jerusalem, who encouraged the people to rebuild the Temple of God.
Malachi was inspired to proclaim the last of God’s messages recorded in the inspired Jewish scriptures. He told the people to expect a forerunner, a new Elijah, whom God would send to prepare his people for their ultimate savior, the long-awaited Messiah we know as Jesus.
But then, for 400 years after Malachi’s ministry, God’s chosen people waited for this promised forerunner & for some additional word from God.
LORD, please help us to love Your perfect timing in all things.
(22) Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi