A Brief Outline of the Books of the Bible – Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

lay-preachingEZRA.

The re-establishment of the temple and divine service according to the law, while waiting for the Messiah.   But there is no ark, no Urim, etc.  It was an empty temple.

NEHEMIAH.

The re-establishment of the civil society and state under the Gentiles.

ESTHER.

The providential care of Israel when God is hidden from them, while Lo-ammi (not my people) is written on them.  He takes care of them while He is hidden from them and does not own them.  God’s name is never mentioned.  The Gentile queen fails to shew her beauty, and the Jewish bride supersedes her.

Lightly edited by Sosthenes, May 2014

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