The temple is finally finished! Worship has resumed and things are looking up, but there is still something more that this new beginning requires. They need someone to faithfully teach the Word of God, so that they can grow in their understanding of God's will and way in their lives. God's work is always sustained by His Word. God was sending Ezra to teach the people what God had said in His Word.
This chapter spend a lot of time telling us where Ezra came from and who he was and how he had been miraculously provided with everything he needed to teach God's Word to the returned exiles. We're told that, "Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel." (v. 10) Those who teach the Word of God to us are absolutely vital in our lives. In this description of Ezra we're told what we should look for in a Bible teacher. Someone who sets his or her heart to study it and to live it. Our progress in life can be greatly aided by a faithful teacher and greatly hindered by a careless teacher. As Paul told a young pastor: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2.15) Thank you, Lord for those who have taught us faithfully.