My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Ezra 4

Opposition to the reconstruction

Some people who didn't like Judah came to Zerubbabel and offered to help build the temple. He refused them, and so the people went around discouraging the current builders. This was during Cyrus' reign over Persia, and continued until Darius much later.

When Xerxes became king, the opposers made an accusation against Judah, and they sent a letter to King Artaxerxes. The letter encouraged the king to realise that Jerusalem was a rebellious city, and rebuilding it is a mistake. So the king stopped the construction at Jerusalem.

Key verse:
5. They hired counselors to work against them and frustrate their plans during the entire reign of Cyrus king of Persia and down to the reign of Darius king of Persia.

My thoughts:
When have the Jews ever done something and not be opposed? The truth is, if you do God's work, then you will face opposition. Always.


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