The Old Scribe Got it Right

He put study, obedience, and teaching in the proper order. Ezra is a great example for all believers to follow but especially for those who are teachers. Ezra’s pattern was to first study God’s Word, then to practice God’s Word in his own life. Only after doing these things did Ezra seek to teach others. Ezra 7:10 says Ezra had “determined in his heart” to study the word of God.  The KJV reads Ezra “prepared his heart.” The NIV reads Ezra “devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law.” Ezra allowed the knowledge he gained from studying God’s Word to permeate his being and influence his thoughts and behavior. The word asah is the Hebrew word that is translated “observance” in the NIV. The word literally means “to do.” Ezra put God’s Word into action in his life. He practiced and lived God’s Word. Ezra’s knowledge of the law enabled him to oversee the Levites who were “translating and giving meaning so that the people could understand what was read” and to participate in “instructing the people” (Neh. 8:8-9). Ezra was blessed to witness the power of the Word of God change hearts when the Jews in Jerusalem confessed, repented and vowed a renewed faithfulness to follow the law of God (Ezra 9-10).

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