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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