Now begins the story of rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls, which had been in ruins for over 140 years. Walls that spoke of Israel’s separation from the world. Here we meet the man of prayer that God chose to rebuild them.
Peter tells believers that awaiting us after this life is an incorruptible and un-defilable inheritance. The Holy Spirit, through the pen of Peter, insists that the believer is kept by God, with their prize also guarded by Him.
Ezra’s lamentations over the sins of his people had stirred in them an awakening to their sins against God. So the people initiated actions which involve annulling the pagan marriages. These were the wages of sin.
This is the first of two letters from Peter, that great disciple of Jesus Christ. We meet him in the gospels after which we cannot forget him. A victim himself of persecution, he writes to strengthen persecuted Christians.
Only four months after arriving in Jerusalem Ezra was told of blatant sin amongst the people. He then poured out his heart in prayer for the nation, unaware that God was using him to change all this in Israel.