Tag: Ezra 1-3

The heart of the King!

Scripture reading for May 3rd: Ezra 1-3

The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.” Proverbs 21:1

Are you worried when the politician of the ‘wrong’ party gets into office!  Are you concerned when a leader may not make decisions you agree with or like.   Even then, God is in control of pagan kings and He can turn their hearts to do His work.  We are to pray for our leaders and trust the Lord to turn their hearts to do His will!

Cyrus, King of Persia was named by the prophet Isaiah as the one God would choose to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.  (Isaiah 44:26-28)  This prophetic word occurred over 15o years before in 688 B.C. when Babylon was the ruling world power.  Cyrus began fulfilling this prophesy by making the decree in 538 B.C. to rebuild the temple.  (Ezra 1:2-4)  He released Jews who wanted to go and was generous with them.  He sent 5400 articles made of gold and silver from the temple which had been taken by King Nebuchadnezzar some 70 years earlier!  (Ezra 1:9-10)

Ezra listed the numbers of people who returned as well.  Priest, Levites, singers, gatekeepers and temple servants were all accounted for.  The whole company was 42,360 Israelites, not counting servants.  (Ezra 2:64-67)  King Cyrus was generous with the people of God as well!

As we look at what transpired after the decreed 70 years of captivity (Jeremiah 29:10), we are amazed at how accurately God predicted what would happen and how and when it would come about!  God is able to turn the hearts of those in leadership.  It doesn’t matter if they are believers or not.  It doesn’t matter what their background or nationality.  God knows each person and uses them to fulfill His purposes.

Take time today and pray for our nation and it’s leadership.  We are far from where God wants us to be and our leaders are doing things that are contrary to God’s word and will.  Remember how God uses leaders and nations.  When His people pray, He hears and acts.  “The heart of the king (president, judge, senator, congressman) is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse where ever He pleases.” Proverbs 21:1

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The heart of the king!

Scripture reading for May 3rd: Ezra 1-3

The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.” Proverbs 21:1

Are you worried when the politician of the wrong party gets into office!  Are you concerned when a leader may not make decisions you agree with or like.  Today’s reading reminds us that God is in control of even pagan kings and He can turn their hearts to do His work.  We are to pray for our leaders and trust the Lord to turn their hearts to do His will!

Cyrus, King of Persia was named by the prophet Isaiah as the one God would choose to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.  (Isaiah 44:26-28)  This prophetic word occurred over 15o years before in 688 B.C. when Babylon was the ruling world power.  God truly knows the end from the beginning!  Cyrus began to fulfill this prophesy by making the decree in 538 B.C. to rebuild the temple.  (Ezra 1:2-4)  He released Jews who wanted to go and helped to send them.  He also sent back the articles from the temple which had been taken by King Nebuchadnezzar some 70 years earlier.  (Ezra 1:9-10)  Some 5400 utensils made of gold and silver were released to go back to Jerusalem!  What a miracle!

Ezra lists the numbers of people who returned as well.  Priest, Levites, singers, gatekeepers and temple servants were all accounted for.  The whole company was 42,360 Israelites, not counting servants.  (Ezra 2:64-67)

As we look at what transpired after the decreed 70 years of captivity (Jeremiah 29:10), we are amazed at how accurately God predicted the future and how and when it would come about!  God is able to do this because He can turn the hearts of those in leadership.  It doesn’t matter if they are believers or not.  It doesn’t matter what their background or nationality.  God knows each person and uses them for His purposes.

Take time today and pray for our nation and it’s leadership.  We are far from where God wants us to be and our leaders are doing things that are contrary to God’s word and will.  Remember how God uses leaders and nations.  When His people pray, He hears and acts.  “The heart of the king (president, judge, senator, congressman) is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse where ever He pleases.” Proverbs 21:1

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Weeping and Shouting

Scripture reading for May 4th: Ezra 1-3

Ezra was a priest who God raised up to lead in the restoration of spiritual worship in a rebuilt temple.  This book records the return of God’s people to rebuild the temple after the seventy years of captivity.  God’s promise of a return became a  reality under Cyrus, king of Persia.  As we look into this window of the history of God’s people we can get a glimpse of the Lord’s temple building in our own day!

Cyrus, king of Persia, was called by God to send His people back to rebuild their temple.  The decree of Cyrus is recorded in Scripture as a record of God’s faithfulness to His promises and people.  Cyrus knew God as the “God of heaven.”  (Ezra 1:2-4)  He also knew that he was appointed by this God to rebuild the temple.  He asked for willing volunteers and givers to supply the needs for this temple.  God wants people who will act by faith and freely surrender! Cyrus, himself, surrendered 5400 articles of gold and silver taken originally from the house of God to Babylon. (Ezra 1:11)

Scripture records that nearly 50,000 people volunteered to be in the rebuilding party.  The priests Jeshua and Zerubbabel led the people in restoring the altar and offering sacrifices.  They celebrated the feast of Tabernacles as prescribed in the Law of God.  The people were filled with generosity and gave freewill offerings to the Lord.

The next step was to lay the foundation stone of the temple.  The priests were all properly chosen and dressed for this joyous occasion.  Trumpets were blown and cymbals crashed as the people  sang with thanksgiving to the Lord: “He is good; His love to Israel endures forever!” Ezra 3:11  The people shouted and praised the Lord.  However, some who were older and remembered the former temple wept aloud.  There were mixed emotions on this special day!

As we contemplate this scene, we remember the building of the “new temple” of God, the church.  Jesus was the chief cornerstone!  (Ephesians 2:20)  It would be built by those who would freely give themselves to God for His work.  It would be built by freewill offerings in response to Christ’s great love!  As the foundation is laid, some who are looking to the past weep.  Others rejoice at what the Lord is doing today!  The work goes on with mixed emotions!


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The heart of the king!

Scripture reading for May 4th: Ezra 1-3

The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.” Proverbs 21:1

Are you worried when the politician of the wrong party gets into office!  Are you concerned when a leader may not make decisions you agree with or like.  Today’s reading reminds us that God is in control of even pagan kings and He can turn their hearts to do His work.  We are to pray for our leaders and trust the Lord to turn their hearts to do His will!

Cyrus, King of Persia was named by the prophet Isaiah as the one God would choose to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.  (Isaiah 44:26-28)  This prophetic word occurred over 15o years before in 688 B.C. when Babylon was the ruling world power.  God truly knows the end from the beginning!  Cyrus began to fulfil this prophesy by making the decree in 538 B.C. to rebuild the temple.  (Ezra 1:2-4)  He released Jews who wanted to go and to give to do so.  He also sent back the articles from the temple which had been taken by King Nebuchadnezzar some 70 years earlier.  (Ezra 1:9-10)  Some 5400 utensils made of gold and silver were released to go back to Jerusalem!  What a miracle!

Ezra lists the numbers of people who returned as well.  Priest, Levites, singers, gatekeepers and temple servants were all accounted for.  The whole company was 42,360 Israelites, not counting servants.  (Ezra 2:64-67)

As we look at what transpired after the decreed 70 years of captivity (Jeremiah 29:10), we are amazed at how accurately God predicted what would happen and how and when it would come about!  God is able to turn the hearts of those in leadership.  It doesn’t matter if they are believers or not.  It doesn’t matter what their background or nationality.  God knows each person and uses them for His purposes.

Take time today and pray for our nation and it’s leadership.  We are far from where God wants us to be and our leaders are doing things that are contrary to God’s word and will.  Remember how God uses leaders and nations.  When His people pray, He hears and acts.  “The heart of the king (president, judge, senator, congressman) is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse where ever He pleases.” Proverbs 21:1

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