Ezra Read the Law
“His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22-23
Ezra traveled to Jerusalem with a purpose. God’s people had spent 70 years in exile, and they needed to be reminded how to live. As a scribe, Ezra was an expert on the law of Moses, and he had “determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10).
Under Nehemiah’s leadership, the people had rebuilt Jerusalem’s walls. They gathered together at the Water Gate to hear the law of Moses. Men, women, and children— anyone who could understand—came to listen to the reading of God’s Word.
From early morning until midday, Ezra read from the book of the law of Moses. He stood on a high wooden platform where everyone could see and hear him. Ezra opened the book of the law, and everyone stood up. The Levites helped the listeners understand the words of the law.
The people reacted strongly to hearing and understanding the law of Moses. Verse 9 says the people were weeping. The law revealed their sin.
God’s Word is powerful. When Ezra read God’s Word, the people changed their ways and loved God more. The Bible says that Jesus is “the Word.” Jesus is God who came to live with people on earth. Jesus has the power to change our hearts.
Help your kids recognize that we cannot meet God’s requirements. We need a Savior. God sent Jesus to obey the law perfectly and die for our sins. We can trust in Him for salvation.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful.
BIBLE STORY: EZRA READ THE LAW
- Ezra taught the people God’s Word.
- The people cried because they were sorry for disobeying God.
- Ezra, his helpers, and Nehemiah told the people to not be sad.
- The people had a feast because they were happy God gave them His Word.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- What makes the Bible different from every other book?
- Who are some people who help us understand God’s Word?
- Name something you learned about God or Jesus from the Bible.
- Memorize a Bible verse through the course of the week. Practice your verse during family meals.
- Purchase Bibles to be sent to a place where people do not have ready access to God’s Word.
NEXT WEEK “Malachi the Prophet” (Malachi 1—4)