December 10, Reading 1 – Ezra 6

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SAA Notes

The joy of this Passover comes from the fact that their experience is so similar to the Jews in Egypt under Pharaoh. Do we experience a similar joy when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, or do we take it for granted?

SJA Notes

“Let the work on this house of God alone.”

How remarkable these words are, from the mouth of a pagan king, of the most potent world-power of the day.

While often we remember both from God’s word and from history the world leaders who have railed against God and His people (think Pharoah) – It is not all leaders.

Look at this same Darius and the witness in his life of Daniel. Think of the work that Darius did to try and deliver Daniel from the fate of the lion’s den. This king, the most powerful man of the time, spent that night Daniel was in the den fasting!

Look at how God moved and worked in Nebuchadnezzar’s life, until he gave glory to our God!

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”

May we consider and affirm this witness of our Lord God in our own lives.

* Father God,

Thank You that You do bring about the glory of Your Name from the mouth of people outside of Your people, from the world.

Thank You that You have at times protected Your people through world leaders – as we see here with the rebuilding of the temple.

Please save those around us Lord, save our leaders and the people we meet on the street, please save the elderly and the little ones – Lord we would see souls brought into the kingdom through repentance of sin and belief in You!

Amen.


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