Although many of the Israelites were forcibly removed from Judah to Babylon as a consequence for their sin, not all of them or their descendants wanted to return when it was time to go home to rebuild the desecrated temple at Jerusalem. The bible teaches that only those whose hearts God had moved returned to Jerusalem (Ezra 1:5), and Ezra 2 provides a detailed account of those who actually returned. The rest remained in the comfortable surroundings they had come to know in Babylon. In other words, they preferred the lives of captivity and bondage that they had grown accustomed to.
Ann Wooten Taylor
Ann is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2004, practicing in the areas of child abuse and neglect, special education, and unemployment insurance law. Mrs. Taylor is also the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries and a Christian author. Her first non-fiction, Christian book entitled, "Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook" was published and released by Life to Legacy Publishing in 2015. Her second book, the "Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition" was published and released in December 2016.