Week 24   Day 1


The explanation

            for the favorable decrees

            of Cyrus and Darius

was that God moved their hearts


There would be no Moses

            leading an exodus
            this time 

            with great signs and wonders  


The decrees of the kings

            were the miracle story

They sound almost unbelievable  


The Jews were allowed to leave

            and the rebuilding expenses

            would come out of tax money! 


God turned the king's heart

            and strengthened 
            the hands of God's people

Miracle indeed

            and a quiet one at that.




                                      A SIX-YEAR PROJECT
Who helped?  Darius, the leaders and workmen, the prophets . . .
                                                Ezra 6 & 7


     1Then Darius issued a decree and a search was made in

the archives, 2and a scroll was found, and in it a record was

written thus: 

     3 In the first year of Cyrus, king Cyrus issued a

     decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem: 

     "Let the house be rebuilt."

     6Therefore, Tattenai, governor of the region beyond the

River and your companions the Persians, 7let the work of

this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and 

elders of the Jews build his house of God on its site.

     8Moreover I issue a decree as to what you shall do for the

elders of these Jews:  Let the cost be paid at the king's expense

from taxes on the regions beyond the River; this is to be

given immediately to these men, so that they are not hindered, 

9And whatever they need--let it be given them day by day

without fail, 10that they may offer sacrifices of sweet aroma

to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king and

his sons.

     13Then Tattenai, governor of the region beyond the River

and his companions diligently did according to what king

Darius had sent.  14So the elders of the Jews built, and they

prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and

Zechariah.  They built and finished it. 

    15Now the temple was finished on the third day of the

month in the sixth year of the reign of king Darius.  16Then

the children of Israel celebrated the dedication of this house

of God with joy. 

     19The descendants of the captivity kept the Passover on

the fourteenth day of the first month.  21The children of

Israel who had returned from the captivity ate together with

all who had separated themselves from the nations of the

land in order to seek the Lord God of Israel.  22They kept
the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy.

     1 In the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra 6came up

from Babylon; he was a skilled scribe in the Law of Moses. 

9On the first day of the first month he began his journey from

Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to

Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him. 

    10For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the

Lord, to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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