One of the cool things about Bible study is discovering all the ways that the Old Testament relates to the New Testament.
An axiom I recall from military training is, "Follow your last order first."
Jesus Christ's last order to his followers just before he ascended into heaven was to "go into all the world preaching the gospel (good news) and make disciples."
Recently I was enjoying re-reading Ezra. ol' Ezra may be an Old Testament model for our mission in the Church Age.
Been ruminating and cogitating on this text,
"For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel." Ezra 7:10
"Set his heart..."
"To teach..." Selah...
Ezra's a great tale. Definitely. It's a grand historical adventure worthy of a film maker like Peter "what's_his_name" who directed the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
But. Ezra's more than just a great story. It's there for a reason, proving once again that...
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,...
2 Timothy 3:16