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The Book of Ezra ( 5 of 8)
Chapters 5 and 6
Dr. Harley Howard
1. Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of
Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that [were] in Judah and Jerusalem
in the name of the God of Israel, [even] unto them.
Here we are introduced to the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah.
Read their books in conjunction to this study!
2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the
son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which [is] at
Jerusalem: and with them [were] the prophets of God helping them.
Look who is spearheading the work, the prophets and the civil and
religious leaders of the people. God's men, these bold prophets,
placed their lives on the line to restart was halted by decree from
king Artaxerxes. God turned the tide of apparent defeat into victory
when his men risked their lives to do His work.
3. At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the
river, and Shetharboznai, and their companions, and said thus unto
them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make
up this wall?
No sooner had these men began to resume the building process
that opposition comes back again. Tatnai was governor of the
trans-europhrates region, meaning that Judah was a part of his
region. Shethar-boznai was a Persian officer in the reign of Darius
and more than likely, assistant to Tatnai. Also accompanying them
were others in their company. They approach the leaders of Israel
and ask them by what decree that was issued that gave them a
right to build up the walls? There was no decree given, and Tatnai
knew it. If there was, he sure would have known about it.
4 Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of
the men that make this building? Who authorized this project to go
on and who are the men responsible for it, what are their names?
5 But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that
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