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A Verse-by-Verse Commentary on the Books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther
The books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther were written thousands of years ago, and yet they remain relevant to God’s people as they demonstrate God’s faithfulness in difficult times and earnestly seek revival. Designed to help modern readers understand and apply the messages of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther to their own lives, this commentary by pastor Wallace P. Benn walks carefully through the text. Part of Crossway’s award-winning Preaching the Word commentary series, this volume offers insightful observations, powerful illustrations, and practical applications to equip readers to see how these accounts of restoration and God’s covenant faithfulness bear witness to his faithfulness through his Son, Jesus Christ.
Table of Contents
Ezra Chronology and Timelines Sermon Outlines Chapter 1: Our God reigns!—See God! Chapter 2: The Church Family Matters—See the Church! Chapter 3: First Things First! Returning to Worship Chapters 4, 5, and 6: Facing the Battle! Chapter 6:13–22: The Temple was Finished & Dedicated Chapters 8: Life as a Believer Has Its Challenges, and Can Be Difficult and Dangerous! Chapters 9: The Danger of Dilution! Chapters 10: Drastic because Holiness Matters
Nehemiah Sermon Outlines Chapter 1: A Good Heart for God and His work Chapter 2:1–10: Making the Most of the Opportunity! Chapter 2:11–20: Sharing the Vision & Getting the Work Started Chapters 3:1–32: The Family of God at Work Chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7:1–4: Getting the Work Completed Chapter 7:5–73a: The Importance of Continuity Chapters 7:73b–8:18: Revival! Chapter 9:1–37: Recounting the Goodness of God Chapters 9:38–10:39: Renewing the Covenant Chapters 11:1–36: Recreating Community Chapter 12: 1–47: A Joyful Celebration & A New Beginning Chapter 13:1–31: Broken Promises Epilogue: And There’s More!... Appendix 1: Leadership Lessons from Nehemiah
Esther Sermon Outlines Chapters 1 and 2: The Selection of Esther as Queen Chapters 3 and 4: The Plot to destroy the Jews Chapters 5, 6, and 7: Reversal of ‘fortune’ begins Chapters 8 and 9: Deliverance for the Jews Epilogue