Whereas we didn’t get much of a description about Asa’s life in 1 Kings, where we first read about him, Ezra is going all out to make sure we know that he did some great things. We know from past references, too, that there were other books and journals floating around out there that contained a lot of information that we will never get to read. Boo hoo! But isn’t it fascinating that some people not only read these other documents, but they wrote about them, too?
I was noticing also how this group of “new Israelites” were die-hard. Look at verse 13: “They agreed that anyone who refused to seek the Lord, the God of Israel, would be put to death – whether young or old, man or woman.” Yikes! Sounds a little too modern-day familiar-ish, doesn’t it?
Writing prompt: death sentences
Do you know anyone or have you read about anyone lately who has been put to death or persecuted for their beliefs? If you know someone, write about that person today, and if you don’t know anyone, do some Googling and write about a person you find online.