Archive for January 11th, 2018

This wonderful passage in Ezra comes after several chapters about the opposition endured by the returning exiles to ruined Jerusalem.  The ultimate Judgement of Yahweh had taken place: the people had been removed from The Land, but now God was bringing them back.

The returnees to Jerusalem had been born in exile but had chosen to come back to the Promised Land and live understanding that they were a forgiven people in the process of being restored.   Now they are receiving opposition from the local community – people who would have been exiles from other places themselves, re-settled in Judah by Nebuchadnezzar in years past. These people decided they should report the Jewish returnees to the authorities regarding this new building work. They ‘dob’ them in to Darius!

But God is watching! ‘But the eye of their God was watching over the elders of the Jews….’ 5.5 and the Jews keep building.  Challenge to me: don’t be put off, don’t stop doing what God’s commanded or called you to until you’re stopped. All the time the letter to Darius is in the post, the Jews keep building.  I remember tales of Christians called to work in Nepal who couldn’t go in because the country was closed, so they settled on the borders and prayed for the country until that changed – don’t stop until God says so.

The tell-tale letter is greeted with truth by Darius the Mede. We can accurately date these writings and events because the Medes and Persians were such great record keepers and God uses this. Instead of punishing what was happening, Darius makes sure that the whole of Cyrus’ edict is carried out – including some extra blessings about the costs and EVEN the provision of animals for sacrifice.  This is such a great story of GOD in control, of God blessing amazingly all HE has ordered and commanded.

Part of what must have thrilled our Father as well was the account in that letter to Darius where the Jews have stated honestly why they were exiled in the first place: 5.12 But because our ancestors angered the God of heaven, he gave them into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar … who destroyed this temple and deported the people to Babylon. They know who they are, they understand what God has done for them is and is doing. I’m challenged again: people steer clear of the church because they think it’s full of hypocrites not forgiven or restored people who’ve messed and will mess up again. We need God and His Holy Spirit to show us how to reflect the Gospel in our lives accurately, that Jesus might be seen!












What is God calling you into now? Are you experiencing resistance? Pray into that and wait for His response.

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