Purpose of Writing: The Book of Ezra is devoted to events occurring in the land of Israel at the time of the return from the Babylonian captivity and subsequent years, covering a period of approximately one century, beginning in 538 B.C. The emphasis in Ezra is on the rebuilding of the Temple. The book contains extensive genealogical records, principally for the purpose of establishing the claims to the priesthood on the part of the descendants of Aaron.
The opposition of the adversaries of God to the rebuilding of the temple displays a pattern that is typical of that of the enemy of our souls. Satan uses those who would appear to be in sync with God’s purposes to deceive us and attempt to thwart God’s plans. Ezra 4:2 describes the deceptive speech of those who claim to worship Christ but whose real intent is to tear down, not to build up. We are to be on guard against such deceivers, respond to them as the Israelites did, and refuse to be fooled by their smooth words and false professions of faith.
So let us meditate and think on UNITY today … being on one accord … recalling that the bigger the problem, we know we cannot fix it and turn it over to the problem fixer.
Original Word: ὁμοθυμαδόν
Part of Speech: Adverb
Phonetic Spelling: (hom-oth-oo-mad-on’)
Short Definition: with one mind, unanimously
Definition: with one mind, unanimously, with one accord, at the same time.
homothymadón (from homo, “same” and /thymós, “passion”) – properly, with the same passion, in “one accord” (having the same desire).
/homothymadón (“of the same passion”) describes people who share “like precious faith,” creating a God-produced unity between them (cf. 2 Pet 1:1,2). Here they “have the same mind” (the Lord’s thoughts) because each receives the same revelation of His Word.
Acts 1:14Contemporary English Version (CEV) 14 The apostles often met together and prayed with a single purpose in mind.[a] The women and Mary the mother of Jesus would meet with them, and so would his brothers.
Acts 2:1 Contemporary English Version (CEV) The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2 On the day of Pentecost[a] all the Lord’s followers were together in one place.
Acts 2:46Contemporary English Version (CEV) 46 Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread[a] together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely…
Acts 4:24 Contemporary English Version (CEV) 24 When the rest of the Lord’s followers heard this, they prayed together and said: Master, you created heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.
Acts 5:12Contemporary English Version (CEV) Peter’s Unusual Power 12 The apostles worked many miracles and wonders among the people. All of the Lord’s followers often met in the part of the temple known as Solomon’s Porch.[a]
Songs of Unity:
Song of THANKS (Compliments Nicole Shermaine Fuller):
Ledisi “Thank You Lord”
Dear Lord, we come before you today, asking for a mantle of humility in our lives. Let us remember to humble ourselves as you did in your humanity. Let us recall how you served, how you were patient, and tenderhearted with all that you encountered and took your time to bless them … it seems you were never in a hurry …help us slow down so that we may focus on you and your purposes for us. Please turn our hearts of stone into hearts of love; help us to forgive and pray for our enemies. Let us walk together in unity. Your word states in Matthew 18:20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. As we gather today, this week, etc. and mediate on this message of unity, be in our hearts, tongues, thoughts and actions. Help us to give away some love this week, a priceless, free gift … and help us to do it exceedingly, abundantly, and extravagantly so the world will know that you are LOVE and you will get all the glory, honor and praise. Amen.
Thanks for your comments last week, please continue to let them flow…
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
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The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.” Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press: https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/