God had a plan. Ezra studied, applied and taught – in that order!
I like Ezra. He was a man with a heart for God. He knew what he should do, and he did it – in the right order! He first studied the law of the Lord, he then applied it to his own life, and he also taught what he had learned to others. How our own lives could be changed with this simple, yet profound formula.
There are many who teach. But not all take the time to really study first, so they might know for sure that their teaching is accurate and complete.
Sadder still are the many who teach – but they don’t take to heart the words they teach for themselves first so that they might apply it to their own lives. How it must grieve the Holy Spirit to hear the teaching of some when He knows the truth behind closed doors.
Still, God is patient. When we fail to study, apply or teach – at all, or out of order, or incompletely, or inaccurately, or with false motivation (I suppose the list of ways we can get it wrong is nearly endless) I believe He must remind Himself once again that we are ‘but flesh, a wind that passes and does not return.’ And He does not give up on His plan.
Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.
Psalm 78:39 Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes and does not return.
Job 42:1-2 Then Job answered the LORD and said, "I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
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