Sunday Pulpit Series
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Although they tried hard, the enemies of Israel could not stop the work on the temple. Zerubbabel and Joshua were spearheading the work with the backing of the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah.
Ezra 5:5 NKJV
“But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, so that they could not make them cease till a report could go to Darius. Then a written answer was returned concerning this matter.”
King Darius had the final say in the dispute.
The Jews told their enemies that they were rebuilding the temple that Solomon had built long ago.
Ezra 5:11 NKJV
“And thus they returned us an answer, saying: “We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the temple that was built many years ago, which a great king of Israel built and completed.”
The temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar.
Ezra 5:12 NKJV
“But because our fathers provoked the God of heaven to wrath, He gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this temple and carried the people away to Babylon.”
God had forsaken His people because of their stubborn rebellion and persistent idolatry. After 70 years they were released.
The Jews claimed that Cyrus had decreed the rebuilding of the temple.
Ezra 5:13 NKJV
“However, in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, King Cyrus issued a decree to build this house of God.”
The enemies of the Jews did not believe that Cyrus had made any such decree. They petitioned Darius to crosscheck these claims.
Ezra 5:17 NKJV
“Now therefore, if it seems good to the king, let a search be made in the king’s treasure house, which is there in Babylon, whether it is so that a decree was issued by King Cyrus to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send us his pleasure concerning this matter.”
Darius was to base his verdict on a written decree.
May you have the backing of the word of God, as you go to church.
NB: 2 more days to Campmeeting 2017. Be at Revival City of GRM, off the Haatso-Kwabenya road. Turn on road opposite “Transitions” and follow direction signs. It’s from 8am for morning sessions and 6pm for evening revivals. It’s from 26/12/17 to 31/12/17.