Ezraic Nugget

Ezra 7:10 is key verse of book. For Ezra had made his heart firm (established this as an ideal that he owns, which he has directed his life) to pursue in detailed study the Torah of the Lord (particualrly the Pentateuch) and to do it, and to teach statutes and rules in Israel.

In Hebrew you have two lamed-inf construct — in English we would say to study the law of the Lord and to do it. You are expecting asa to be transitive,

Study in order to do, and by being a doer he is then qualified to teach. What is told about EZRA are the things that make him the ideal priestly person.

You have to make it your first pastoral priority to study in order to do and not to study in order to teach. Your first question hast to be how do I own this? The zip, the pow, the bang in ministry comes from authenticity — the transcript of your own soul.

Poor parson in Chaucer’s Prologue. “And was a poor parson of a town, but rich he was of holy thought and work. He was also a learned man, a clerk, that Christ’s Gospel truly would preach, his parishoners devoutly would he teach. . . But Christ’s lore, and his apostles’ twelve, he taught, and first he followed it himself.”

Collins — “Dare we be less?”

This and Malachi 2:1-9 — lips of priest should preserve knowledge. Being someone who has ingested the word and learned how to embody it. Out of the embodiment the mouth speaks.

Is there a reason why Ezra was effective? 7:10 is it. .

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