Evidence is found that the Judean's were given the rights to build by Cyrus himself. Darius continues the full support of the Persian kingdom for the building effort, and the Temple is finally completed. The Judeans, along with many converts from other nations gather together to celebrate Passover in the new Temple.
Sep 6, 2021
Some things never change. The enemies try to use the cumbersome wheels of bureaucracy to stifle the building project of the new Temple.
Sep 5, 2021
The local tribes that lived in Judea and Israel while the Judeans were exiled attempt to thwart the building of the Temple and Jerusalem. This goes on for generations of Persian kings.
Aug 30, 2021
The returnees celebrate their first "high holidays" in Jerusalem by rebuilding the altar. Preparations begin for rebuilding the Temple as well, and while many rejoice, others weep for the loss of the glorious Temple of the past.
Aug 29, 2021
On the authority of Cyrus' decree, the people return to Judea. The families that returned are enumerated, towns are repopulated, and a treasury is set up to rebuild the Temple.
Aug 27, 2021
God acts through the leaders of history and brings His plans to life. In this chapter we read of the fulfillment of the prophecy of Jeremiah, as Cyrus sends the Jewish people back to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple of God.
Aug 26, 2021
God has answered all our questions, He has explained what he wants, He will send Elijah to guide us. It is up to us to speak to others, humbly rebuild our relationships, The great day of God will come IF we do our part.
Aug 19, 2021
The people question God's justice. We see the wicked prosper! God challenges the people, "try Me!" If you are honest, if you stop fooling yourselves and trying to fool God, the windows of blessing will open to you.
Aug 17, 2021
If we are all children of the same God, shouldn't our marriages to gentile women bring about peace and redemption? Why do they lead to strife and divorce? Doesn't God love us all? Malachi deals with a timeless problem.
Aug 16, 2021
God excoriates the priests for neglecting their priestly covenant. Speak truth, respect God, respect your mission, teach life, teach peace and live a straight and honest life. When a religious leader exhibits these qualities, he leads the people back to God. But the priests are not following this path, they disrespect God, they teach a "Torah" that is dishonest, one that is used for their own personal advancement. Such a "leader" brings shame and disrespect.
Aug 13, 2021