En 2008, Malcolm Gladwell escribió un libro llamado, "Atípicos." En el libro dice que 10,000 horas es el secreto del éxito. Gladwell dice que si quieres dominar algo entonces tienes que dedicar el tiempo a practicar una y otra vez, día tras día, para 10,000 horas. Cita tantos ejemplos diferentes de la 10,000 Regla de la hora en su libro. Por ejemplo, dice que los Beatles eran lo que eran debido a lo que hicieron en Hamburgo, Alemania. Paul McCartney y John Lennon se conocieron en Liverpool en 1957. Formaron una banda con amigos George Harrison, Best, y Stuart Sutcliffe, pero nada realmente sucedió para ellos hasta ocho años más tarde, after Hamburg.

El verano de 1960 cambiaron sus vidas. Fueron invitados a jugar a clubes en Hamburgo, Alemania y jugaron de cinco a seis horas por noche durante cuatro meses sólidos. En 1964, hicieron cuatro viajes más a Hamburgo y jugaron set tras set, noche tras noche. Habían jugado 1,200 espectáculos antes de que llegaran a América y experimentó la Beatlemanía. La clave de su éxito? Práctica, práctica, práctica!

En el libro de Cal Newport, "Tan bueno que no pueden ignorarte,"escribe que lo que hace que la gente se eleve por encima del resto es su disposición a convertirse en expertos en la práctica. Dr. Newport dice que es práctica deliberada, lo que él llama "trabajo profundo,” that is a game changer for those who set themselves apart from the rest of the crowd.

Malcolm Gladwell no usó Ezra como ejemplo de un "atípico" y tampoco el Dr.. Newport lo utiliza como ejemplo de su principio de "trabajo profundo", pero tan pronto como leí a Ezra 7:10 Sabía que ambos habían perdido una gran oportunidad. Te voy a mostrar lo que estoy diciendo. Volverse a Ezra 7:10 dice.

10 Para Esdras habían dedicado al estudio y la observancia de la ley del Señor, y a la enseñanza de sus decretos y leyes en Israel. (Esdras 7:10 NIVO)

«Ezra se había dedicado.» Él «Practicado» sus estudios de Dios’ la Palabra, vivir la Palabra de Dios’, y enseñando a Dios’ la Palabra. Hablaremos más sobre este verso, y la devoción de Ezra en unos minutos, but first let me set the scene for you as we continue our study of Ezra and the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon.

En nuestro último estudio, en Ezra 6, hablamos de cómo Darius, el rey de Persia, había ordenado que nadie iba a interferir con la obra que se está haciendo en el templo. Incluso más que no interferir, ordenó Tattenai, el gobernador de la región, para proporcionar a los judíos cualquier cosa y todo lo que necesitaban para terminar la obra para que pudieran comenzar a adorar a Dios. Nos enteramos de que el templo se completó en 515 Antes de Cristo, "en el sexto año del reinado del rey Darío" (Esdras 6:15).

Hoy, estamos echando un vistazo a Ezra 7, el siguiente capítulo, y sin embargo, usted necesita saber que hay acerca de un 57 año brecha entre las páginas de Esdras 6 y Ezra 7. El rey Darío murió en 486 Antes de Cristo, casi 30 años después se completó el templo. Su hijo Jerjes se hizo cargo del trono y gobernó Persia durante veinte años, desde 485-465 B.C. Si alguna vez has leído el pequeño libro de Ester, entonces usted está familiarizado con Jerjes. Es una hermosa historia de la Soberanía y la Providencia de Dios al salvar al pueblo judío que estaba programado para ser aniquilado por un funcionario llamado Amán. Esther encaja en esto 57 año de brecha entre Ezra 6 y Ezra 7, y Ester es el único libro de la Biblia donde la palabra "Dios" nunca aparece…yet His fingerprints are found on every page.

Jerjes fue asesinado en 465 B.C. por uno de sus propios funcionarios, un hombre llamado Artabanus que quería gobernar Persia, pero fue asesinado por uno de los hijos de Jerjes, Artajerjes, who is the king we now find ruling Persia at the beginning of Ezra 7. Let’s read the first ten verses of Ezra 7.

1 Después de estas cosas, durante el reinado de Artajerjes rey de Persia, Esdras hijo de Seraías, el hijo de Azarías, el hijo de Hilkiah, 2 el hijo de Shallum, el hijo de Zadok, el hijo de Ahitub, 3 hijo de Amarías, el hijo de Azarías, el hijo de Meraioth, 4 el hijo de Zeríasías, el hijo de Uzzi, el hijo de Bukki, 5 el hijo de Abishua, el hijo de Phinehas, el hijo de Eleazar, el hijo de Aarón el principal sacerdote— 6 este Esdras salió de Babilonia. He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the LORD, el Dios de Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the LORD his God was on him. 7 Some of the Israelites, including priests, Levitas, cantantes, gatekeepers and temple servants, also came up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes. 8 Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in the fifth month of the seventh year of the king. 9 He had begun his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, and he arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. 10 Para Esdras habían dedicado al estudio y la observancia de la ley del Señor, y a la enseñanza de sus decretos y leyes en Israel. (Esdras 7:1-10 NIVO)

Finalmente, after six chapters and some 80 years since the first exiles made their way from Babylon back to Jerusalem, we meet Ezra. It has been about 57 years since the temple has been completed and there is no word about what has happened in Jerusalem since. God moved upon the heart of a man named Ezra who was living in Babylon and gave him a desire to lead a group of people back to Jerusalem, but who is this Ezra?

In the first five verses of Ezra 7 we run into a list of names: Seraiah, Azariah, Hilcías, Salum, Sadoc, y otros nombres que son difíciles de pronunciar hasta que terminamos con Aarón que se llama "el sacerdote principal". Todos estos hombres eran sacerdotes y lo primero que aprendemos de Esdras es que él es de una larga fila de sacerdotes que pueden rastrear su ascendencia hasta Aarón, the brother of Moses.

La segunda cosa que aprendemos acerca de Esdras se encuentra en el versículo 6. Ezra era un "maestro," o un "escriba" dependiendo de la traducción de la Biblia que leas. La palabra hebrea se puede utilizar para describir una "grabadora, Escriba, secretario, o maestro." La palabra se utilizó originalmente para describir el cargo de secretario de Estado o un secretario privado real. Más tarde, la palabra se utilizó para describir a alguien que estudió, interpretado, and copied the Scriptures.

Ezra era profesor, pero él era un maestro de una asignatura muy específica, la "Ley de Moisés," la Torá, y estaba "bien versado" o "hábil" en el tema de la Palabra de Dios. Leemos en el versículo 10,

10 Para Esdras habían dedicado al estudio y la observancia de la ley del Señor, y a la enseñanza de sus decretos y leyes en Israel. (Esdras 7:10 NIVO)

¿Cómo se hizo hábil Esdras, bien versado, en la Palabra de Dios? Se "dedicó a sí mismo". Esto me hizo pensar y espero que va a despertar algunos pensamientos en su mente, así. Where was Ezra when he became so well-versed in God’s Word? He wasn’t in Jerusalem was he? He didn’t take his seat every morning in a yeshiva and study under a learned rabbi within the shadow of the temple either. He was in Babylon, a strange land filled with many gods, many distractions, and innumerable challenges for a young Jewish boy growing up among the Persians. Yet Ezra “devoted himself,” day-after-day, to sitting at the feet of those who knew the Word of God and in studying the Word of God for himself. As he did this day-after-day he became skillful, he grew to know God’s Word like the back of his hand. Ezra was not devoted to so many other things that his peers found interesting or fun. He was devoted to learning God’s Word.

There is a great lesson in this for you and me. You don’t have to go to Bible college or seminary to become skillful in the Word of God. What you must do is devote yourself to learning God’s Word. tu dices, “I don’t know anything about the Bible. Ni siquiera sabría por dónde empezar". Te diré por dónde empezar.. Comience diciendo "No" a las distracciones y las cosas menores y dedicándose a aprender la Palabra de Dios. Empieza por venir a mí y decir, “I want to learn God’s Word.” There is nothing more I would love than to help you begin to learn.

Muchos maestros de la Biblia creen que Ezra fue dado un alto cargo en el gobierno por el rey Artajerjes. They describe his office as something like “Secretary on Behalf of Religious Institutions.” The reason they believe this is because of two things: Primero, a scribe was first known as a secretary or clerk, an administrative position. Segundo, he had access to King Artaxerxes and the letter King Artaxerxes sent with Ezra when he went to Jerusalem let’s us know the king was very familiar with Ezra and he had great faith in him. In the last sentence of Ezra 7:6 leemos,

6The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the LORD his God was on him. (Esdras 7:6 NIVO)

Evidentemente, Ezra was the one who initiated the thought of his going to Jerusalem. God moved on the heart of Ezra just as He had moved on the hearts of Cyrus and Darius. Ezra went to the king with a plan and the king “granted him everything he asked.” Why did the king do this? Ezra tells us, “for the hand of the LORD his God was on him.” That phrase, “the hand of the LORD his God was on him” is repeated in Ezra 7:9,28; 8:18,22,31; and in Nehemiah 2:8,18. Ezra was well aware that it was God who was making everything happen.

King Artaxerxes allowed Ezra to leave Babylon and to take priests, Levitas, cantantes, gatekeepers, and temple servants with him. It was a four month journey from Babylon to Jerusalem and we read in Ezra 7:9,

9 He had begun his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, and he arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. (Esdras 7:9 NIVO)

Ezra and the group left Babylon on April 8, 458 B.C. and arrived in Jerusalem on August 4, 458 B.C. When Ezra walked into the city he was carrying a letter from King Artaxerxes. We’re not going to read the letter, but let me summarize what’s in the letter found in Ezra 7:12-26. Ante todo, King Artaxerxes says that whatever Ezra needed for worship to take place at the temple, he would provide it for him. Artaxerxes even sent a large amount of silver and gold with Ezra on the journey. The money was to be used to buy rams, bulls, and male lambs for sacrifice along with grain for offerings. The king said whatever money was left over he trusted Ezra to use it where it was needed. There are two tasks King Artaxerxes gave Ezra that are detailed in the letter that jumped out at me: Primero, en Ezra 7:14 leemos,

14 You are sent by the king and his seven advisers to inquire about Judah and Jerusalem with regard to the Law of your God, which is in your hand. (Esdras 7:14 NIVO)

Think about that. A Persian king asked a Jewish Bible guy to send him a report concerning how the Word of God was being lived out by the people in Jerusalem. It had been 57 years since the temple had been completed. Were the people still seeking to walk with God? Were they still serving God? Had they turned to idols and foreign gods like their ancestors had done so many times throughout their history? King Artaxerxes wanted a report.

The second task Ezra was given by the king is found in Ezra 7:25. King Artaxerxes told Ezra he was to teach the Word of God to the people who did not know it. Echa un vistazo a Ezra 7:25 y vamos a leer juntos.

25 Y tú, Esdras, in accordance with the wisdom of your God, which you possess, appoint magistrates and judges to administer justice to all the people of Trans-Euphratesall who know the laws of your God. And you are to teach any who do not know them. (Esdras 7:25 NIVO)

You’ve got to stop and really consider who this command is coming from for it to really sink in. This is not a command of the High Priest of the temple or a faithful follower of God. Artaxerxes never pretended to worship the God of the Jews and yet he ordered Ezra to teach God’s Word to all of the people of the region around Jerusalem. How do you explain this? The only way to explain it is the way Ezra explained it: “The hand of the LORD his God was on him.” God gave Ezra favor with King Artaxerxes. God moved the heart of the king just as He had moved the heart of King Cyrus and King Darius.

I want to go back to Ezra 7:10 and take a longer look at it before we leave here this morning. I’ve already pointed out that Ezra devoted himself to learning the Word of God, but Ezra had a purpose in learning the Word of God. Let’s take another look at Ezra 7:10.

10 Para Esdras habían dedicado al estudio y la observancia de la ley del Señor, y a la enseñanza de sus decretos y leyes en Israel. (Esdras 7:10 NIVO)

Ezra’s devotion to learning the Word of God was purposeful and the purpose had three goals. He devoted himself to learning the Word of God. He devoted himself to then living out the things he learned in the Word of God. He devoted himself to teaching, discipling others, in the Word of God. This is a simple and yet brilliant pattern for every follower of Jesus to follow throughout our lives.

There are some of you who are here this morning who have never devoted yourself to following Jesus. Some have never accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life. Others have prayed a prayer, maybe even been baptized and attended church, but you’ve never really devoted yourself to becoming a follower of Jesus. You go to church now and then, but outside of Sunday morning you never crack the Bible, you haven’t devoted yourself to learning the Word of God. I believe the Lord has brought you here today to hear this message and stir your heart. Let today be the day you go “all in” on following Jesus. Let today be the day you devote yourself to learning God’s Word because it is only in applying yourself to knowing God’s Word that you will learn what it means to truly follow Jesus.

With each and every man I’ve discipled over the past 25 años, I’ve always started with Psalm 1. It is in the opening verses of Psalm 1 that we find what a man after God’s own heart desires more than anything in life. Léanlo conmigo.

1 Bienaventurado el varón que no anduvo en consejo de malos, ni estuvo en camino de pecadores, Ni en silla de escarnecedores se ha sentado. 2 Sino que su deleite está en la ley de Jehová, y en su ley medita de día y de noche. (Salmos 1:1-2 NIVO)

A man or woman after God’s own heart has no desire to hang out with the crowd, to follow the pattern of what the world says is important. En lugar, the man or woman who wants to follow Jesus delights in the Word of God and they meditate on it day and night. They read God’s Word and think about it, meditéis, look for ways to apply it to their own lives. What a blessing it is to see a man or woman discover this truth for themselves!

This is what Ezra did, pero aún más importante, it is what Jesus did. Jesus knew the Word of God because He studied the Word of God. Do you know that in the Gospels Jesus quoted from 24 different Old Testament books? How was He able to do that? He studied the Word of God. Why did He study the Word of God? He wanted to live out God’s will for His life.

Ezra’s second ambition was to live out what He learned in God’s Word. God has not given us His Word so that we can simply know itHe wants us to live it, aplicarla, to walk it out in everyday life. Una vez más, we find the greatest illustration of living out God’s Word in the life of Jesus. Déjeme darte un ejemplo. I love the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. The woman came to draw water and Jesus said, “I’ll give you water so that you will never thirst again.” He told her about the Living Water that only comes through a relationship with Him and her life was changed. She ran back to her village and told everyone she knew. We can pick up on the story in John 4:30. Léanlo conmigo.

30 Salieron de la ciudad y se dirigieron hacia él. 31 Mientras tanto sus discípulos le instó a, «Rabino, comer algo.» 32 Pero él les dijo:, «Tengo comida para comer que no sabes nada sobre.» 33 Entonces sus discípulos se dijeron uno al otro, «Podría alguien haber contado con él alimentos?» 34 «Mi comida,» Jesús dijo:, «es hacer la voluntad de aquel que me envió y acabar su obra. (Juan 4:30-34 NIVO)

Jesus’ food was to do God’s will and to finish the work God had given Him. Jesús dijo a sus discípulos, "Ahora que usted sabe estas cosas, you will be blessed if you do them” (Juan 13:17 NIVO). It does us absolutely no good to learn God’s Word if we are not going to live out what we learn. Santiago escribió,

22 No se contenten solo con escuchar la Palabra, pues así se engañan ustedes mismos. Llévenla a la práctica. 23 Cualquier persona que escucha la palabra pero no hace lo que dice es como un hombre que mira su rostro en un espejo 24 y, después de buscar en sí mismo, se va y se olvida en seguida de cómo es. 25 Pero el hombre que mira atentamente en la perfecta ley que da libertad, y sigue haciendo esto, sin olvidar lo que ha oído, sino haciéndolo– éste será bienaventurado en lo que hace. (Santiago 1:22-25 NIVO)

Learn it, Vívelo, y el último de todos, Ezra devoted himself to teaching God’s Word to others. King Artaxerxes told Ezra to teach others the Word of God. You can’t teach what you don’t know. So we are called to learn from God’s Word and share what we learn with others. Jesus was the greatest Teacher that has ever lived. If you read the Gospels you will find Him teaching His disciples as well as many, many others. Those disciples, after Jesus was crucified and resurrected, began to teach others. Those who had been taught found someone and they taught them what they had learned from God’s Word. And on and on the story goes until it came to you and me. We are the beneficiaries of those who faithfully taught God’s Word throughout the ages. ¿Qué vamos a hacer? Will we devote ourselves to learning God’s Word, vivir la Palabra de Dios’, and teaching God’s Word to others? This morning we have the opportunity to commit our lives, devote ourselves to learning God’s Wordwill you make that commitment?

Mike Hays

Britton Christian Church

Noviembre 10, 2019

Here Comes Ezra!
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