Metaphysical meaning of Ezra (mbd)
Ezra, ez'-ra (Heb.)--help.
A priest and scribe of the Jews who brought a large number of Jewish exiles back to Palestine from the Babylonian captivity. He did much to establish the Truth among the people and helped to rebuild the Temple and the wall of Jerusalem. He worked with Nehemiah (Neh. 8:1-13; Book of Ezra).
Meta. There is a faculty of the mind that receives and transcribes upon the tablets of memory every wave of mind that touches the consciousness, whether from the flesh or from Spirit. This faculty is Ezra the scribe. This faculty may be exalted to a point where it will receive impressions from the spiritual side only; then it reads out of the law and interprets the spiritual meaning to all the people, or thoughts of the consciousness. Thus in Nehemiah 8 we find Ezra representing a spiritual consciousness that expresses the law of Being in such a way that all the thoughts (men and women) may receive the law in understanding.
Ezra is often called the Puritan of the Bible. Metaphysically, therefore, he represents order, the faculty of the mind that holds every thought and act strictly to the Truth of Being, regardless of circumstances or environments.
The Book of Ezra is supposed to be a historical description of the return of the Children of Israel to Jerusalem after their captivity in Babylon, and of the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, under the direction of Cyrus, king of Persia.
The history of this Scripture is that Esdras was its author; that it was written long after the time at which it was supposed to have been written. Ezra and Esdras are the same. In the Apocrypha, Esdras says that he was quickened of Spirit and remembered these things. We perceive, therefore, that he was spiritually quickened and saw the building of the body temple. The Book of Ezra, then, is a lesson in the building of the house that is "not made with hands." It really describes the building of our consciousness--a house for God.