Ezra Chapter Four part 2, A study of Ezra 4:6 & 7, Ezra 4:8 - 10, and Ezra 4:11 & 12 including our Common Man's Commentary

Ezra 4:6 & 7

"At the beginning of the reign of Xerxes, they lodged an accusation against the people of Judah and Jerusalem. And in the days of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel and the rest of his associates wrote a letter to Artaxerxes. The letter was written in Aramaic script and in the Aramaic language." NIV translation

Now, we see the last method of opposition which is legislation. When God's people would not be intimidated, then, their enemies turned to the government for help in stopping the work of God. They sent a letter to the king and the letter was even written in the language of Israel and not the language of the king. This was an attempt to convince the king that he was losing control over this part of his kingdom.

Ezra 4:8 - 10

"Rehum the commanding officer and Shimshai the secretary wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king as follows: Rehum the commanding officer and Shimshai the secretary, together with the rest of their associates - the judges and officials over the men from Tripolis, Persia, Erech and Babylon, the Elamites of Susa, and the other people whom the great and honorable Ashurbanipal deported and settled in the city of Samaria and elsewhere in Trans-Euphrates." NIV translation

They begin their letter with flattery as they speak of the greatness of the kingdom and its king.

That is a common tool of the devil and is quite effective with common men.

Ezra 4:11 & 12

"(This is a copy of the letter they sent him.) To King Artaxerxes, From your servants, the men of Trans-Euphrates: The king should know that the Jews who came up to us from you have gone to Jerusalem and are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. They are restoring the walls and repairing the foundations." NIV translation

The devil usually uses half-truths and that is what is contained in this letter. It tells the king that the people are rebuilding Jerusalem and that is true but it fails to mention that they were told to by Cyrus king of Persia (the government). As we know, governments come and go and this new government did not agree with the old. This is why our trust must be in the Lord and not what any government will promise to do for us.

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