This episode is about being part of a Great Work and how lucky we are! It also includes a warning about not getting caught up in the trap that tells us that this isn’t a great work. It is!!
Ezra 1; 3–7; Nehemiah 2; 4–6; 8
I Am Doing a Great Work
From the manual: The Jewish people had been held captive in Babylonia for about 70 years. They had lost Jerusalem and the temple, and many had forgotten their commitment to God’s law. But God had not forgotten them. In fact, He had declared through His prophet, “I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return” (Jeremiah 29:10). True to this prophecy, the Lord did make a way for the Jews to return, and He raised up servants who accomplished “a great work” for His people (Nehemiah 6:3). These servants included a governor named Zerubbabel, who oversaw the rebuilding of the house of the Lord; Ezra, a priest and scribe who turned the hearts of the people back to the Lord’s law; and Nehemiah, a later governor of Judah who led the work of rebuilding the protective walls around Jerusalem. They met opposition, of course, but also received assistance from unexpected sources. Their experiences can inform and inspire ours, because we too are doing a great work. And like theirs, our work has much to do with the house of the Lord, the law of the Lord, and the spiritual protection we find in Him.
Here is that awesome talk, “The First Commandment First” by D. Todd Christofferson
The above link is so you can read it and listen. Here’s the Youtube link if you just want to listen.