Pastor Dan Nichols
Globally there are 70.8 million forcibly displaced people. That is the combined populations of Shanghai, London, New York City, Baghdad, Hong Kong, Rio De Jenairo, Singapore, Madrid, and Toronto. This is a reality worth mourning, because home is a reflection of the nature and character of God. It teaches us something about who He is. Exile is the antithesis of what God desires for the world.
In exile is exactly where the people of Israel find themselves prior to the events recorded in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. In these books, we see a movement back home, a people who, having been banished from their home, are brought back for the purpose of living in worshipful relationship with Yahweh.