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April 22, 2019

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Reading along with us in Ezra? Here’s today’s reading:

Ezra 1 (ESV)

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing....Continue Reading

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  1. 5Then 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

  2. The eventual return from exile!

    ver. 5: God shows his power and stirs the hearts of every tribe leader. People who have been in exile for 70 (I think?); long enough that the idea of rebuilding the temple would be far from their minds.

    ver. 9-11: Parallels to 1 Kings and the language used to describe Solomon’s original building of the template; precise lists, weights, and measures. God is exacting in his plans.

  3. What a great chapter and book that focuses our attention on the sovereign and omniscient God of the universe. He reveals and calls from all nations and Cyrus (king of Persia) gets it. Remember it was the Babylonians that God used to judge the Kingdom of Judah and Nebuchadnezzar was the Babylonian king who destroyed the temple of Solomon. Well the Persians eventually defeated the Babylonians and Cyrus declares the Jews should return to rebuild the temple of the true God of the universe. Ezra will be tasked to oversee the work, but the book bearing his name begins by setting the scene as well as delineating the articles used in the temple that Nebbi had taken, but now would be returned to Jerusalem. What we see at work here is a God who is faithful to His people to use whatever means necessary to return His people to the land of promise and give them yet another opportunity to follow the covenant.

  4. Ezra 1:1 (ESV)
     In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing:

    God is faithful and fulfills his promises. The book of Ezra begins showing how a prophecy declared two hundred years before declares His faithfulness (Isaiah 44:28, 45:1). God is always faithful with His promise (2 Peter 3:9; Habakkuk 2:3).

  5. Ez 1:1b “the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king …”

    God is sovereign over all men.

    Proverbs 21:1 NKJV
    [1] The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.

  6. THe Lord stirs up in the spirit of Cyrus to accomplish His will to return His people from exile.

    1In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing:
    2″Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

  7. I am still in 2 Peter, but I figured there is no reason why I cannot do the daily reading here as well (but now I am behind!)
    I love God’s prophecy fulfilled here…with the specific name of the dude He would call to do his work even though Cyrus didn’t acknowledge him. I got sidetracked and ended up reading Isaiah 45. God’s Sovereignty in appointing Cyrus and His purpose to call out to Israel and all mankind demonstrate once again the paradox of Sovereignty/free-will.

    Sovereign:
    “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,
    those who are nothing but potsherds
    among the potsherds on the ground.
    Does the clay say to the potter,
    ‘What are you making?’

    Calling man to engage his will (in acknowledging God’s sovereignty….the paradox spins):
    “Turn to me and be saved,
    all you ends of the earth;
    for I am God, and there is no other.
    23 By myself I have sworn,
    my mouth has uttered in all integrity
    a word that will not be revoked:
    Before me every knee will bow;
    by me every tongue will swear.
    24 They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone
    are deliverance and strength.’”
    All who have raged against him
    will come to him and be put to shame.
    25 But all the descendants of Israel
    will find deliverance in the Lord
    and will make their boast in him.

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