I think that each book of the Bible serves a significant purpose in moving the story of God forward. And in the book of Ezra I see the significance of the Israelites going back to Jerusalem and rebuilding the temple. But the way the book ends, to me, seems a little strange. The final issue is intermarriage with foreigners.
Maybe this is what started the downfall of the nation the first time around and they were on the verge of repeating the exact same thing and God sent Ezra to nip it in the bud.
Not sure if that is the case, but as I finish the story it's the question that I am left pondering.
Any one else have other thoughts?
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