Saturday 15th May 2021

Daily Devotion – Study, Observe, Teach

April 22, 2021 by Darlene Schacht
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As I’m reading Ezra chapter 7 today, I gain a better understanding of this man. You see, Ezra was a teacher. The Bible tells us that he was well versed in the Law, and as we see in Nehemiah chapter 8, he helps the Israelites gain a better understanding of God’s Word.

The word Ezra means “helper.” He’s a type of Holy Spirit in the Old Testament sent by the king to lead and to teach the people, just as the Holy Spirit was sent by the King of all Kings to lead and to teach us.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (John 16:13, NIV)

That was the first thing I noticed in this chapter, but the second thing is found in verse 10:

For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel. (Ezra 7:10, NIV)

As I was reading those words, I noticed three things that made Ezra a good teacher:

  1. He studied God’s Word.
  2. He observed God’s Word.
  3. He taught God’s Word.

I love the significance of those words, and I love the order of them: study, observe, and then teach… A great example for all believers who hope to lead others to Christ!

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV)


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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.

She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.

It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical FitnessReshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.

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Darlene Schacht
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