01 Feb Ezra 1:5

5 Then rose up the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the Lord that is in Jerusalem.

Last week we learned of the exiles return home to re-build the temple. We learned while some were overjoyed, others were very sad. We also learned not everyone went home. This week we learn about those who stayed behind including Esther and Mordecai. Why do you think they stayed? Were they still being obedient to God? (Of course! God saved His people through Esther and Mordecai!)