Zerubbabel and Nehemiah both play a part in restoring God's temple, with Zerubbabel taking charge over governing affairs and Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Ezra, a descendant of Aaron, arrives in Jerusalem later and teaches God's laws to the post-exile Jewish generation.
Notice how the people receive and respond to Ezra’s teachings. It may remind you of how people responded to Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God. As Jesus said, "He who has an ear, let him hear." It’s an apt reminder that no matter the context, God’s people struggle to respond to covenant faithfulness. We must all receive a new heart to be the faithful covenant partners we were made to be.