Ezra 6:7 Think Again

Ezra 6:7 (KJV)
Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place.

I would suggest to those in civil authority that they pay heed to this passage. Darius lived thousands of years ago, but the God of heaven saw fit to preserve his words. Indeed, it is because civil government and the house of God are separate institutions. The Bible makes it clear that the higher of the two is the house of God. Therefore, when civil authorities interfere with the house of God, it will be to the harm and loss of those authorities.

Consider:
The greatest governments in history have vanished into extinction – ruined by immorality, graft, and lack of patriotism. The house of God, on the other hand, continues true to the faith once delivered. One might think this is not true because the house of God has changed from the Old Testament Temple of New Testament churches.

Think again.
First, while God has set Israel aside, His work for them is only suspended, not discontinued. 

Second, the plan of God is being carried forward as it was in the Old Testament system, by the New Testament system. His work continues without so much as a hiccup.

Let the work of this house of God alone.
The United States Constitution declares as much. The founders of our nation understood this principle. Our country has hope for the future so long as its servants apply this principle. Our country is on shaky ground when her representatives presume to have some sort of authority over the house of God.

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Ezra 6:7 Think Again

Ezra 4:15 Honest Reporting

Ezra 4:15 (KJV)
That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.

Later another search would be done, and they would find Cyrus’ decree to allow the Jews to rebuild the Temple and reestablish their home in Jerusalem. 

That’s the thing about searches; one can find whatever he wishes to find if he wishes to find it. Historians do it all the time. The shame today is; while historians are every bit as prone to only seeing the information they want to find and ignore everything else, nowadays, they pretend to be more honest about it. It’s like they think past historical records were so biased one way that it behooves them to write a history that discounts what was written. If historians were too positive about George Washington, for instance, modern historians see themselves as justified to find all the “dirt” on him they can and just report that. Thus, in the name of historical accuracy, they skew history away from the slant once reported. 

Media reporters do it continuously. No longer do they try to report the news. Today they want to write a story. They wish to control the conversation by documenting events in such a way that only their side gets represented. 

Let a search be made. While you’re at it, find all the facts. Discover what you did not know and not just wanted you hoped you would find. 

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Ezra 4:15 Honest Reporting

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 9:13 Less Than We Deserve

Ezra 9:13 (KJV)
And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this;

It seems to me that the repentant heart, the one God is most likely to revive, is that which is described right here. 

Ezra confessed that their evil deeds and trespasses were such that God had punished them less than they deserved. 

  • He was thankful for the blessings of God. 
  • He was grateful for the mercies bestowed and 
  • He was certainly not bitter for the punishment they received

One of Satan’s most successful tactics today is the “Go ahead, you deserve it.” mantra. By that the world means that we deserve all the good things; even those we have not worked for, even those we cannot afford. This flies in the face of Biblical truth. According to the Word of God, and I am certain our hearts confirm it as true,

  • We deserve judgment
  • We deserve rebuke 
  • We deserve correction 
  • We deserve ultimately hell 

Rather than being upset at correction and judgment, even harsh ones, the repentant heart realizes that they received less than they deserved. The repentant heart, thanks God for mercy, learns from the correction and seeks restoration and blessings from God. 

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Ezra 7:1-6 Families

Ezra 7:1-6 (KJV)
Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,
The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,
The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,
The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,
The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest:
This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.

This Ezra

Surely there were plenty of people named Ezra in those days, just as there are today. This Ezra was a specific one. His roots traced back to Aaron, the original chief priest and the father of that family. 

Ezra was not the chief priest. The children of Israel had been in Babylon for seventy years. Their religious system was suspended, and the chief priest would need to be reinstalled. When it did happen, it wasn’t Ezra. 

But Ezra was a ready scribe, a student of the Word of God well prepared in it. 

God grant us lines of families that, for generations and despite difficult circumstances, trust you, live for you and are ready for whatever you call them to. 

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Ezra 4:12 Just That Bad

Episode #30 Bad is nondescript. It is a negative without any definitive reason. It’s a word that is used when we can’t think of anything more specific to say.  
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Ezra 10:44 A Problem With No Resolution

Ezra 10:44 (KJV)
All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

The book of Ezra ends in a startling way because it seems to me that it does not end.

There is a problem presented but there is no resolution reported.

Fact is, I don’t think this problem ever got resolved. Over the years the children of Israel, even those called of God to be priests, had ignored the Word of God and disobeyed it’s precepts. Here we find them, at least we find Ezra, wanting to make things right with God. Trouble was, their former disobediences had born out consequences that could not be changed.

  • They had married strange wives
  • They had, at least some of them, had children

True enough these priestly peoples could repent and turn to God. But they could not ignore their wives and, even more, their children. Their wives, their children and their children’s children would carry the consequences of these men’s indiscretions. Israel never became the powerful nation they once were ever again. There has been infighting and trouble in Israel that resulted in:

  • their conquest by Rome
  • their crucifying of their own Messiah and
  • their spiritual hardness to this day

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. How we need to:

  • look ahead at the consequences of sin
  • look into the word at the path God has laid out for us and
  • look well at our Lord so that we choose God before we choose sin

 

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Ezra 10:44 A Problem With No Resolution

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Ezra 9:8-9 A Little Reviving

Ezra 9:8-9 (KJV)
And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.
For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

Ezra was well aware of the actual condition of the people of Israel. They had gone into bondage but, though the decree to return had been given, only a remnant wanted liberty from that bondage. The people of our world are slaves to trespasses and sins and, because of it, are living lives of condemnation. The thing is only a handful of them want out. As merciful as God is, the majority is more comfortable in bondage than in Liberty.

Ezra was thankful even for a little reviving. He said that the mercy of God that granted them reviving also gave them:

A house of God
If revival is liberty from bondage, the first step of living in liberty is union in a house of God. There is no true worship with God outside of that local house of God, a church.

A repair of desolations
The life of bondage is destructive. Once we are free in Christ we are to set about to repair in our lives what sin had ruined.

A wall in Judah and Jerusalem
A wall gives security. God gives growing believers security of salvation the moment of salvation and a growing assurance of that security as we come into God’s house and as we make those repairs.

 

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Ezra 8:16 We Want To Be Right

Ezra 8:16 (KJV)
Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, men of understanding.

I was struck by, and had to read several times to be sure I had it correct, that there are three men with the same name in this list.

Nothing of any distinction between them is given and the only thing I could find in my commentaries is a remark that the list contains three men of the same name. There is no comment that really can be made. We know nothing about any of them.

And yet they are recorded in the eternal and perfect Word of God. Nothing is by accident in the Bible and every word has purpose. Two things that come to my mind are these:

Though they are unknown to us they are well known to God
That there are three men with the same name should not be that surprising. A Google search reveals a number of Marvin McKenzies. At least one of them lives where I grew up and another one is a pastor, as I am.

I am reminded that the Bible must be rightly divided
We have this startling passage where three men with the same name cannot be the same man. It demonstrates that we must not assume that other men, with the same name, are the same man, even if they are not recorded in the same passage. What other errors of assumption happen because of

  • A quick read,
  • Little study and, perhaps,
  • A strong desire to want our understanding to be the correct one?

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Ezra 5:17 See All Sides

Ezra 5:17 (KJV)
Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king’s treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

The accusation had been made that Jerusalem was a rebellious and bad city. A search had been made and it was discovered that Jerusalem had indeed been a strong one city holding others in tribute and resisting domination by others. Work in Jerusalem was halted until another king was established and another request came to the throne. Search and see, had Cyrus indeed decreed that the temple should be built? Yes, the decree was real and the work was continued.

A lot of trouble could be avoided if all sides of an issue were considered at once. It is manipulative and dishonest to purposely skew the perspective of an issue by pointing out one piece of truth while obscuring another.

In counseling others one of the main problems is finding out all perspectives and helping every person concerned to see the issue as it truly is, a combination of all those views.

Good wisdom says that we not make any judgment before we have learned all sides. And sometimes that means we can’t make a judgment at all.

 

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Ezra 5:17 See All Sides

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