Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 11, Ezra 1, God moves a pagan king for His purpose

The beginning of this chapter makes a reference to a prophecy by Jeremiah and we need to take a quick look there. Jeremiah prophesied that Israel would be captive for 70 years and that time has now come, but of even more significance is that Isaiah prophesied nearly 150 years ago that God would use king Cyrus, called him by name, to restore His people. (Jeremiah 25,  Isaiah 44)

Several things to note here, when the time came for the people to return, God's spirit moved in them to accomplish the tasks. They freely gave of themselves and their assets. I also note that the king replaced the items taken from the temple when Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem. But of significance I also note some things missing which have never been recovered. Those were the holy items, the lamp-stand, the table, the altar of incense and the ark of the covenant. Each of these things in a different way pointed Israel toward their eventual messiah but I think God left them hidden so that they would not become an idol both then and now.  History has shown countless times that when people find something that they believe to be a religious artifact they worship the thing and not God.

Today's workout, chest-shoulders
Step, push-up, box hop, triceps extension, climber, shoulder press.

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