For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments, Ezra 7:10
I had to respond to a Discussion Board question in my Hebrew class yesterday… Yes, I am taking Hebrew. Pray for me…
The question concerned the importance of maintaining the appropriate order and proper balance for those who want to teach or preach God’s word. While, the scripture’s primary focus was to teach about three Infinitive Construct forms of the preposition לְ to enhance the main verbs expressing purpose, goal, or result (DeRouchie 2007, 249). I found the verse’s meaning profound and encouraging. The understanding that there is an order to living a life that is pleasing to God captivated me.
Ezra was a priest and scribe, whose life demonstrated a model of godly leadership to a people in desperate need of hearing God’s Word and seeing God’s will lived out in practical ways (DeRouchie 2007, 249). I was reminded that those who love God and keep His commandments… He will bless and protect regardless of the struggles and challenges that we face day-to-day.
Often times, we forget to study, practice and then teach or preach the Word of God. Even when we master the studying part, the practical application part can be very illusive. This causes what we say, when we teach or preach, to look very different from our actions. However, reading about Ezra was inspiring. The deep commitment that he had to successfully accomplish all three in the proper order: study — practice — teach or preach… was inspirational. It gave me hope and refreshed my heart and mind that we too can reproduce this pattern successfully.
For this unwavering dedication, Ezra found favor in God. How wonderful it is to know that we too can have favor in the Lord?
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.
DeRouchie, Jason S. “A Life Centered on Torah,” in Basics of Biblical Hebrew – with CD. 2nd ed. Pratico, Gary D., and Miles V. Van Pelt. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.