Ezra 1:3 He Is Able

Ezra 1:3 (KJV)
Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.

History gives us no reason to believe that Cyrus was a convert to the living God of Israel. There had been witness enough that he was without excuse, but what we know about this man tells us, I think, a different story. Cyrus was tolerant of religion in general. He was not a believer in the God of Israel, but he was not an enemy of those who were believers. 

That he might not have become a believer in no way ought to discourage the Christian. There is no promise in the Bible that world leaders or people of great importance will come to believe in and have a genuine and abiding faith in the God we know to be our Saviour. We have seen several leaders lately who appeared to be Christians, but their actions demonstrate more of a friendliness with the faith and not a commitment to it. 

Rather I believe this is encouraging. Truly the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord. He is able to turn whithersoever He will, not only those who are lovers of God but the rest of them as well. 

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Ezra 1:3 He Is Able

Acts 20:1 After the Uproar

Acts 20:1 (KJV)
And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.

After the uproar had ceased…

What an interesting phrase. 

It could be just a point of reference. It was after that when Paul said his goodbyes. 

But it makes me think. 

Paul didn’t leave in the middle of the uproar. 
He wasn’t run out of town because of the unfriendly atmosphere. Fear of the mob didn’t cause him to leave. Nor did he leave to quiet the uproar. Christianity may be unwelcome in some places. But it needs to be there anyway. 

Paul did leave once it ceased
I can imagine a few people begging him to stay. I can even imagine him wondering if maybe he ought to stay. Sometimes we get the impression the faith and those who have embraced it can’t survive without us. The plain truth is that people’s faith must rest upon the Lord and not a personality. Sometimes leaving a believer with nothing but God is necessary to prove they need nothing but God. 

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Acts 20:1 After the Uproar

Acts 19:39 Understanding Law

Acts 19:39 (KJV)
But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.

The Roman system was ruthless in a lot of ways but also insistent upon law. Our own government is modeled much after that of old Rome. 

Mind you, neither their nor ours is perfect. I think the U.S. government may be as ruthless as Rome ever was. 

I am interested in the consistency I see. In Acts 18:13 (KJV)
Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.

The Jew attempted to conflate their law with that of Rome. Gallio would have none of it. 

Acts 18:15 (KJV)
But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.

He claimed jurisdiction over civil and criminal matters. Religious issues were not his concern. 

In Acts 19, we are in a different place with another official. The complainants, in this case, were Greeks. In this case, the town clerk, we don’t have his name, withstood his own countrymen because they had created an unlawful assembly. 

Roman officials were not perfect, but they understood jurisdiction and the difference between a peaceful protest and an unruly mob. 

Our country would be on a good path if we simply re-established these. 

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Acts 19:39 Understanding Law

2 Chronicles 33:10 The LORD Spake, but

2 Chronicles 33:10 (KJV)
And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.

It seems to me that we live in a time very similar to that of Manasseh. 

  • The leadership of our nation is wicked and opposed to God. 
  • The people of our land respond by erring

In some respects, we do worse than those places that have had little or no Christian influence. God speaks today, but so few hearken. There are multiple avenues with which to get the Word of God to people. And we seem like we are using them all. 

  • TV
  • Radio
  • Internet 
  • Social media

There are churches scattered around everywhere, and the Bible is available at a very reasonable price to anyone interested. 

There has never been a time in history that Lord spoke louder than now. 

But we do not hearken. 

God got the attention of Manasseh. In a precursor to what the nation would soon face, He led him captive to Babylon. I am happy that he repented and was restored. It would have been so much better had he repented before he had to be chastened. 

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2 Chronicles 33:10 The LORD Spake, but

Acts 17:2-3 Reasoning and Preaching

Acts 17:2-3 (KJV)
And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

I would like to entertain for a moment the consideration that there is a difference between reasoning out of the Scriptures and preaching. 

Reasoning out of the Scriptures could be viewed as teaching, outlining, expounding, and expositing the Word of God. 
The Bible says he did that for three days. It takes a great deal of time and patience to show people what the Bible says rather than what they think it says. Some people have been taught what they supposed was the Bible without ever actually looking in the Bible. Thus, they think they know. They do not know. 

Preaching is something entirely different 

Preaching is not specifically the exposition of the Word of God. Preaching is making declarations concerning what we know from the Word of God. 
Paul said he preached Christ. Then, after teaching them what the Word of God says, he declared to them Jesus Christ as its fulfillment. 

Likely a strongly sound message spends most of its time reasoning, followed by a solid declaration of what that means in our world today. 

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Acts 17:2-3 Reasoning and Preaching

2 Chronicles 28:1 So, What Happened?

2 Chronicles 28:1 (KJV)
Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:

Ahaz was arguably the most wicked of the kings of Judah, certainly among the most sinful. Interestingly his father, Jotham, was a good king, and so was his son, Hezekiah. 

So, what happened?

I understand this is speculation, but it is supported in scripture. Jotham did what was right in the sight of the Lord except that he would not go to the Temple of the Lord. 

Uzziah, his father, had been judged at the Temple. He assumed to burn incense, a duty belonging only to the priests. The priests withstood him. When he became angry at the priests, God smote him with leprosy. Jotham didn’t hold it against God (at least not publicly), but he did hold it against the house of God. As much as he did right otherwise, he did not get this right. 

I think it showed up in his son. 

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2 Chronicles 28:1 So, What Happened?

2 Chronicles 29:6 The Highest Form of Honor

2 Chronicles 29:6 (KJV)
For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs.

It can sometimes be a delicate matter to speak of the sins of our parents. We love them dearly and, even if the Holy Spirit has convicted us to live differently, we can still be very sensitive about our parents’ and our siblings’ sins. Hezekiah teaches us that honesty about their sins and obeying God despite them is a way to give our parents the highest form of honor.  

Hezekiah immediately opened the doors his father had shut 
Upon his ascendance to the throne, he reversed his father’s forbiddance of Temple worship.

Hezekiah then confronted the sins of the fathers of the priests and Levites
He minced no words concerning their sins and the terrible consequences of them.

Finally, Hezekiah humbly accepted the priests’ mention of Ahaz’s sins[1]
He took it in stride and for the truth that it was. 

We are commanded to honor our father and our mother. 

Such honor does not require that we remain blind to their sins or that we do as they did. 


[1] 2 Chronicles 29:19 (KJV)
Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they arebefore the altar of the LORD.

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2 Chronicles 29:6 The Highest Form of Honor

Acts 15:27 Three Witnesses

Acts 15:27 (KJV)
We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.

The subject of the meeting at Jerusalem was critical. God had indeed opened the door of salvation to the Gentile people. Should they then be forced into subjection to the Jewish customs?

At the center of the controversy was the predominantly Gentile church in Antioch. Its two most traveled members, Paul and Barnabas, came to Jerusalem as delegates and as witnesses to the grace of God. The council was set, the evidence presented, and the sentence delivered. They would not burden the Gentiles with these customs except for reasonable and appropriate things for the faith. 

Barnabas and Paul returned home to give the news. But they did not return alone. With them was:

  • A letter recording the decision and
  • Two men to verify the letter

There were the witnesses, the document, and the verification of the paper. Thus, three sources established the thing. 

Important subjects must not be determined in secret and disseminated by coercion. These are the sorts of things that require openness, integrity, and many voices.  

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Acts 15:27 Three Witnesses

2 Chronicles 24:4 Thinking of Young People

2 Chronicles 24:4 (KJV)
And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.

While the end of Joash is disappointing, his early reign is a blessing. About the time he was mature enough to make these sorts of decisions, he was minded to repair the house of the Lord. 

Joash had lived hidden inside that house the first eight years of his life. During these years, Athaliah’s neglect of and hatred for that house resulted in that house being “broken up.”

  • Joash became concerned about its repair
  • Joash desired the repairs begin quickly and then
  • Joash followed through to see that it was done

I’m thinking of so many young people I know who have practically been raised in the Lord’s house. What a testimony if they were to mature to take concern for God’s house, take up tools and resources for its upkeep, and follow through living for the Lord their whole lives. 

Joash’s colossal mistake was that he remained faithful only so long as Jehoida was alive. The older men of God are a blessing, but they will die away. We need young men, not to change things up, but to carry on their spirit and their work. 

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2 Chronicles 24:4 Thinking of Young People

Acts 14:1 Evil Affected

Acts 14:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

This week an attempt to recall Governor Gavin Newsome of California failed. The man running against him was the well-known conservative, Larry Elder. In the weeks before this recall election, there were numerous “positives” and other sorts of episodes regarding Elder. 

I saw where Paul Chappell “led him to the Lord.”
I question the sincerity of his conversion at such a moment in his life. Nevertheless, it makes an impact on Christian voters. 

I also saw where he was attacked by a white woman (Elder is black) when she threw food at him hitting him in the head. 
This should have riled the news, but they made no issue of it at all. Again, I would have thought this would rally the conservative voters in California. 

But then I also heard that the liberals campaigned hard against Elder as a “Trump-like” radical conservative. In essence, they made the minds of the voters “evil affected” against him. 

We must be about the business of telling souls about Christ. But, at the same time, we must not allow ourselves to be disheartened when the devil’s ambassadors are also about their business. God’s Word and faith inform us that, in the end, Jesus wins. 

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Acts 14:1 Evil Affected