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The Book of Ezra (2 of 8)
Dr. Harley Howard
3 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
Here Cyrus is fulfilling the very purpose of his existence, to be the
vessel that God used to bring His people back to their homeland.
24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee
from the womb, I [am] the LORD that maketh all [things]; that
stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth
25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad;
that turneth wise [men] backward, and maketh their knowledge
26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the
counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be
inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will
raise up the decayed places thereof:
27 That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers:
28 That saith of Cyrus, [He is] my shepherd, and shall perform all
my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to
the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.
What a tremendous opportunity and a tremendous measure of
God's grace that was given to the people of Israel that they would
be able to go back to their homeland and their identity as a people.
4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let
the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with
goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of
God that [is] in Jerusalem.
Whoever was left alive, in any country, wherever he lived, had also
the opportunity to go back as well. Any captive that was under the
rulership of Cyrus, and that rulership extended throughout the
whole known world, anyone who li ...
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