1. Application

Rescued from Death So We Can Worship God

Ezra 2:1–70 (ESV)

1 Now these were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried captive to Babylonia. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town.

As Christians, we have been rescued from death so that we can worship God (Romans 12:1–2). God worked in our lives to rescue us from the penalty we deserve for our sins (death) so that we can now worship him. He ensured we heard the gospel message, and he worked faith into our hearts so that we could believe in Jesus Christ. He did this so that we can worship him now and in eternity to come. We worship God today not only when we come together to sing God’s praises, but also when we live in obedience to his commands. 

We worship God when we are careful to make sure we obey God’s commandments, even if it means some people will be disappointed (Ezra 2:62–63).

We worship God when we responsibly and prayerfully use our resources in the interests of the kingdom of God (Ezra 2:68–69).