Songs from Ezra

This is the fifteenth entry in a series on Songs from the Books of the Bible.

Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankind—songs of Salvation, the Cross, the Resurrection, and eternity. But critics claim that they focus on these themes to the exclusion of other Biblical themes which are appropriate and perhaps necessary to address in song.

For how many chapters in Ezra can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes? (I’ve added chapter summaries.)

  • Chapter 1: Israelites return to rebuild temple
  • Chapter 2: Census; gifts given
  • Chapter 3: Israel starts to keep the feasts, and lays foundation for Temple
  • Chapter 4: Opposition; work ceases
  • Chapter 5: Rebuilding resumes under Zerubbabel
  • Chapter 6: Temple completed
  • Chapter 7: Preparations for Temple worship
  • Chapter 8: Census; finding Levites; return to Jerusalem
  • Chapter 9: Dealing with mixed marriages; Ezra’s lamentation
  • Chapter 10: Separation of the people

I can’t think of any. Can you?

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  1. I just read through the whole book, albeit rather quickly. Nothing rang a bell for a song I’ve ever heard. There are some potential ones for someone out there looking for a song theme:

    1. The latter part of the book deals with separation. You don’t hear many songs about separation from the world, which is an important Biblical principle.
    2. Ezra is described as a “ready scribe” who had “prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it” in Chapter 7. Those are good qualities to write about.
    3. There’s a touching scene in Chapter 3 of the remnant rejoicing over the laying of the foundation of the temple, with the very old folks’ rejoicing coming in the form of weeping. That’s another possible song source.

    • Yes, there’s definitely some good material for songs here!

  2. “I’m working on a Building” would fit in there somewhere… 🙂 (kidding)

    • 🙂 I actually had someone email that one, and I don’t think they were kidding!