Exiles, God's Faithfulness, and Stirred hearts
Ezra 1 is the beginning of a parallel journeys. One journey is embarked upon by returnees making their way back to Jerusalem. The other journey is made by many of the same people making their way back to God. Along the way God will show Himself faithful and a promise keeper. In response, He will stir people's hearts to a calling to rebuild the House of the Lord.