December 8, Reading 1 – Ezra 3, 4

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SAA Notes

The returnees began well, but stopped building the new smaller temple because political opposition led to the government of the day banning any further work for seventeen years. We too should expect opposition from both individuals and governments to the building of that spiritual temple the Church. The message is: don’t give up! Keep on!

SJA Notes

“Then the work on the house of God that is in Jerusalem stopped, and it ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.”

Oh how the frustrations of the evil one can bear us down!

Bad men (adversaries) conspired against the exiles, playing politics of the worst kind.

The new king ordered work to stop.

And so the people stopped.

And yet God does not stop working good for His people.

We see that while the physical work of rebuilding the bricks and mortar temple stopped, the work of God in His people did not. He was not thwarted!

And that is a wonderful truth for us to wrestle with as life gets tough, as we are worn down or even sometimes hard-stopped.

God is not rendered powerless by man’s design or the evil of the world. He is not broken by the machinations of the devil.

No, instead what is true? Satan was crushed! Jesus won us the victory! Death and hell defeated.

This is our king … Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Gracious God,

Please help us to see Your work in us, building Your church in us, Your Spirit at work refining us toward You.

Please remind us of Your sovereignty, Your power without equal, Your good and absolute intent!

Thank You for the hope we have in You Lord God.

Amen.

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