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Week 24 Day 1
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
and a quiet one at that.
A SIX-YEAR PROJECTWho 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
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
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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