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Ezra Chapter Five, Back To Work... 

In our study of Ezra chapter five, we see how the remnant of God's people decided to listen and obey God even in the face of opposition.

Ezra 5:1

"Now Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the prophet, a descendant of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them." NIV translation

At the end of chapter four, we saw that the work on the temple had been halted because of a decree by King Artaxerxes. During this time, the exiles had went to their own places and built their own houses. Haggai and Zechariah were prophets that God sent to get them back to rebuilding the temple. (If you have not done so, it would be a good time to study the books of those prophets.)

Ezra 5:2

"Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Jeshua son of Jozadak set to work to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. And the prophets of God were with them, helping them." NIV translation

The political (Zerubbabel) and religious (Jeshua) leaders listened to the prophets and went back to work on the rebuilding of the temple.

Ezra 5:3 & 4

"At that time Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates went to them and asked, 'Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and restore this structure?' They also asked, 'What are the names of the men constructing this building?'" NIV translation

Once again, the opposition showed up in hopes of stopping the work of God.

Ezra 5:5

"But the eye of their God was watching over the elders of the Jews, and they were not stopped until a report could go to Darius and his written reply be received." NIV translation

This time, they held fast and were able to continue the work while they waited on a ruling from the king. They had learned that it is best to listen to God and trust in Him. It is a good reminder for us as well that, when God tells you to do something, He will be there to watch over you.

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