This week in THE STORY we examine Chapter 19 entitled “The Return Home.”
Monday: Read Zechariah 8:14-16. How was God like a parent reassuring a child that’s just been disciplined? What were the people to do? How can you apply this message to your life today?
Tuesday: Read Ezra 1:1-4. After 70 years in exile, how does God arrange for His people to return home? What does this tell you about one way God fulfills His promises? How does God provide for their needs as they return home? How have you seen God’s provision at work in your life this past week?
Wednesday: Read Zechariah 8:7-8. What is God’s generous promise to His people? How have you witnessed God being faithful in your life?
Thursday: Read Zechariah 8:20-21. Zechariah claimed that people of other nations would see the Lord’s work through the Israelites and would then seek out the Lord themselves. Jesus calls this being “light of the world” in Matthew 5:13-16. How is your life a sign, a light, for others to see God’s work in this world?
Friday: Read Ezra 3:10-11. The people make a great start in rebuilding God’s temple and recognizing His rebuilding of their lives. Where are you grateful for God’s work in your life? How has He been good and shared His love with you? How are you sharing His love with others?
Saturday: Read Ezra 6:14-15. What began as a great start in building the temple will go through a period of delay as you will read in The Story this week. Eventually under the prodding of prophets like Haggai, the people finish the work God had told them to do first. What is God saying in your life to do first? What are you doing about what He is saying?
The Bible passages covered in Chapter 19 of The Story are excerpts from the following chapters: Ezra 1-6, Haggai 1-2, and Zechariah 1 & 8.