For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

7:10 prepared his heart. It was no accident that God used Ezra so mightily, not only in leading the people in the great work of restoration, but even of writing a significant portion of the Holy Scriptures himself and possibly even organizing the canon of the entire Old Testament. He was a “ready scribe” (Ezra 7:6)—that is, a skillful recorder of facts and communicator of truth. Furthermore, as a priestly descendant of Aaron (Ezra 7:5) he had wholeheartedly devoted his life to the study and exposition of God’s revealed word.

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