Ezra made preparations to return to Jerusalem
Ezra trusted in Jehovah to protect His servants
The return to Jerusalem would be difficult
The possible route was nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 km) through dangerous territory
The journey took about 4 months
Those who returned needed strong faith, zeal for true worship, and courage
EZRA TRAVELED WITH . . .
Gold and silver weighing over 750 talents, or about the weight of 3 full-grown male African elephants!
CHALLENGES FACED BY RETURNEES . . .
Marauder bands, desert terrain, dangerous wildlife