The Book of Obstruction
Ezra is an important book to understanding the history, context and place of Israel, God’s chosen people, in the Bible. The Lord stirred Cyrus King of Persia’s heart to release the Jews from Babylon, just as Isaiah had prophesied over a hundred years before. This is the story of those Exiles from Babylon returning, the difficulties they faced and how the Lord led them, corrected them and nurtured them through triumphs and hardship.
I encourage you to read through Ezra once a week for ten weeks to get the most out of this study.