Ezra chapter 2 records a detailed list of the Jewish exiles who chose to return to the Holy Land. The names and numbers remind us that God is a careful record keeper. He knows our name. He does not lose track of us, even among billions of people in the world. 


Is your name written in God’s book of life? If it is, have you wandered from Him like a sheep who has lost her way? Are you a backslider, a prodigal that needs to come home? 


For the Jewish exiles, their return started with a turning away from pagan Babylon. This provides us with a powerful picture of the true biblical repentance God requires of those who return to Him from spiritual exile. 

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG