Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
Ezra and Nehemiah tell one story in Jewish history – the return of the remnant to Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the City and Temple. Jerusalem fell to the Babylonian enemy in 587 BC. After 70 years of captivity, as prophesied by Jeremiah, the altar was rebuilt and the animal sacrifices were offered again. God found Nehemiah, the Jewish cupbearer to the Babylonian King to do the work of rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls of protection and restore the City. The Book of Esther opens up in 483 BC, in the same time period as Ezra and Neheniah. Esther is a book illustrating the war between flesh and Spirit. But God is “standing somewhere in the shadows” to intervene and keep His covenant with Abraham.