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by on Jan.02, 2012, under Hope

It was horrific! They were ripped from their dwellings, forced to travel for months, held as slaves for 70 years, everything about “home” was remembered and some had never seen the places they were told about. Their names were changed, they were expected to eat different foods and told to assimilate into their new surroundings or else!

Then one day, they were allowed to go “home.” Just under 50,000 who made the four months’ journey wanted to reclaim what they had left.

The story of the Jews returning from Babylonian captivity is found in the first six chapters of Ezra. Those chapters talk about how those returning exiles went to great lengths to restore their place of worship, the Temple; to restore their religious practices, festivals and sacrifices, to restore their relationship to Jehovah God. Ezra, the writer, tells about the almost insurmountable obstacles that cluttered their way and how their determination conquered those barriers. They wanted restoration with God. Being separated from Him by distance, by culture, even by kingly command did not quench that need to be once again close to their God.

And God Almighty has always wanted restoration with his creation. From the time man introduced sin into the world and God asked “where are you?” (Genesis3:8-11) to the image of Jesus standing at a door knocking, waiting to be let in (Revelation 3:20), God has made it possible for man and woman to be “pure and Holy” again in His sight.

Like the Israelites of old, we too can find ourselves ripped from our homes, forced to go places we don’t want and become slaves to our emotions and desires. BUT we can go “home” anytime we choose restoration with our Father.

The question then is what keeps people from seeking restoration with God?

And more specifically what keeps you from having restoration with you heavenly Father?

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2 comments for this entry:

  1. jesus

    it is interesting that not all that left the promised land came back. Like Paul once said, they adapted to the world they were living at.. Interesting thoughts… THank you!

  2. Bill

    You are right, in the first return just under 50,000 came back, then in the second return Ezra 7 notes that just over 1,700 man (it is assumed that their families returned with them). It is even more interesting to note who scholars think stayed: Daniel, Queen Esther, Mordicai and others. Very interesting indeed.

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