Then rose up Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Jeshua son of Jozadak and began to build the house of God in Jerusalem; and with them were the prophets of God , helping them.
Then Tattenai, governor on the west side of the River, and Shethar-bozenai and their companions came to them and said, Who Seventeen or eighteen years had elapsed since Cyrus issued his decree. One other king had succeeded him. The second, Darius , was just assuring his position upon the throne after two years of incessant warring, and it was entirely possible that during this interval the affairs of a comparatively unimportant city... may well have been almost forgotten (The Cambridge Bible).authorized you to build this house and to restore this wall?
Then we told them the names of the men who were building this building.
But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, so the enemy could not make them stop until the matter came before Darius and an answer was returned by letter concerning it.
This is a copy of the letter that Tattenai, governor on this side of the River, and Shethar-bozenai and his associates, the Apharsachites who were on this side of the River, sent to Darius the king.
They wrote: To Darius the king: All peace.
Be it known to the king that we went to the province of Judah, to the house of the great God. It is being built with huge stones, with timber laid in the walls; this work goes on with diligence and care and prospers in their hands.
Then we asked those elders, Who authorized you to build this house and restore these walls?
We asked their names also, that we might record the names of the men at their head and notify you.
They replied, We are servants of the God of heaven and earth, rebuilding the house which was erected and finished many years ago by a great king of Israel.
But after our fathers had provoked the God of heaven to wrath, He gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house and carried the people away into Babylon.
But in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, the same King Cyrus made a decree to rebuild this house of God.
And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and brought into the temple of Babylon, King Cyrus took from the temple of Babylon and delivered to a man named Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor.
And King Cyrus said to him, Go, take these vessels to Jerusalem and carry them into the temple, and let the house of God be built upon its site.
Then came this Sheshbazzar and laid the foundation of the house of God in Jerusalem; and since that time until now it has been in the process of being rebuilt and is not completed yet.
So now, if it seems good to the king, let a search be made in the royal archives there in Babylon to see if it is true that King Cyrus issued a decree to build this house of God at Jerusalem; and let the king send us his pleasure in this matter.
Summary: This is the first of a two part series looking at the books of Ezra, Haggai, and Zechariah. In this study we'll be looking at the Jews return from Babylon to Jerusalem and their rebuilding God's temple, and some interesting insights to revival.
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Summary: The year is 537 B.C. The place is Jerusalem. The Jews have just returned from a long captivity
in Babylon. Some have been gone from their homeland for 70 years. They were sent into
captivity as part of God’s judgment on generations of disobedience. Now
Summary: Sermon 14 in the series. Artaxerxes has granted Ezra's request to return to Jerusalem. And not only that, but provision is made for the journey to be financed by freewill offerings, official government contributions, and tax revenues from the Trans-Euphra
Summary: Sermon 10 in the Series. (Ezra chapter 5) After the locals first attempted to stop the work on the Temple, they then tried to compromise the work on the Temple. "Let us build with you" was their cry. When Jerubabbel and Jeshua refused, they harrassed them
Summary: Sermon 8 in the series. God, in His providence, allows the construction to resume. But it is not long before the opposition resumes. The Christian walk will always be a fight. It is truly warfare!
Summary: God blesses His Word. The remnant heard God’s will clearly revealed in His Word and they didn’t ignore it or put it aside. They no longer stalled and delayed. This time, when they heard God’s Word, they obeyed His will. And when that happens, God blesses.
Summary: In one sense, the remnant was just like us--they had free access to the Word of God. God had just spoken His Word to them through Haggai and Zechariah. God’s Word was available--what were they going to do with it? What are we going to do with it?