One of the most important lessons in both NFI training books is “How to Study the Bible.” We are learning from many we train that no one has ever helped them in a simple method that gives the reader ability to gain far more than just reading a few verses of Scripture. I will share this practical method tomorrow, but for this blog, I want to direct your attention to a man who set his heart to study the Word of God and then teach others its truth.
“For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel” (Ezra 7:10). We are told that Ezra came up from Babylon as “a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that the Lord God of Israel had given…for the hand of the Lord his God was on him” (7:6; also verse 9).
We immediately notice that there is nothing lazy about this man. He “set his heart” is a purposeful and determined objective of the mind and will. There was nothing casual about the way Ezra conducted his life. In addition to a focused attitude toward the Law of the Lord, Ezra determined to put into practice what he learned from God’s Word. James has the same decisiveness when he writes; “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). By putting into practice what we learn from Scripture, we become examples for others to follow.
One more point from Ezra; “teach” others what we know to be true. God has placed us where we are to teach others the principles of God’s Word so they will also follow as obedient disciples. Is this the attitude of your heart?
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