Cyrus Initiates Restoration

Ezra 1:1-11

God is a faithful God. He is also very merciful. As we saw today, he brought to past the promise he made to restore his people, through a prophecy made by Jeremiah the prophet.

The people had been taken captive to Babylon, with Jerusalem and the temple destroyed because of the sins of Israel and their kings, it seemed everything was over. However, God stirred the heart of a heathen king – Cyrus, who was declared as having authority from God over the kingdoms of the earth, to build the temple at Jerusalem in Judah.

Cyrus asked of the people who would be willing to go to Jerusalem to execute the mandate of rebuilding the temple, and even charged those not going to support the people going with the resources that would be needed – silver, gold and other offerings. The chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites, with all others whose spirits God had raised arose to go and rebuild the house of the Lord.Cyrus also restored some of the treasures that had been taken away from the temple by Nebuchadnezzar.

We must learn to know that God works through diverse means. He gives authority to whom he wills, and he could use any man to execute his plan and will. Do not be discouraged by the turn of events, for even through the darkest night, God’s light could still shine through, even from odd places. Trust Him!



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