2017-06-12 - What Would King Cyrus Say?
May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem. (Ezra 6:12a)
It was my first year on the throne, and I announced the decree to rebuild God’s house. It only seemed right to rebuild the Temple. God was the one who gave me this empire and we should honor Him. The Temple would have a strong foundation, specific measurements, and a new wood floor. As king, I was very specific in my commands. All the people of Jerusalem should have a part in working on the building, I didn’t just mean physical labor. People can provide finances, transportation, make clothes, or offer supplies for the workers. I myself am working on the Temple, and not just on paper. I vowed that all gold bowls and other valuable items originally taken from the Temple would be returned. I didn't want anything left to chance.
As with many things on this flawed earth, we faced opposition. I ordered the two worst opposers to stay away from our efforts. Negativity was not welcome, nor allowed from anyone. We needed to keep our focus on the task, not on naysayers who could plant doubts in our mind.
Lord, You need to be all I need, all I desire. May faith be my companion, instead of doubt. Please put encouraging people in my path. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.