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Ezra Chapter 5 (Old Testament, King James Bible)
Ezra Chapter 5 (Old Testament)
EZRA 5: The certitude of persecution II
Memory Verse: Ezra 5:17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.
It seems to me that the Adversaries’ interruption of the construction wasn’t enough to quench their craving for frustrating Israel's course. They wrote to Darius to inquire about the Israelites' course because they wanted a great and superior power to ultimately put an end to the process as a whole. The implication of this, in our world today, is that the enemies of God's people have no limits in their attempts to frustrate and persecute them (God’s people).
Jesus Christ in His word said “In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). And this is the confidence that we have that Christ has overcome the world for our sake. We know that we have a strong backing like the Israelites and are not afraid of what man can do to us, thus we don't care what kind of persecution we suffer for standing for Christ or collaborating with Him for the world as a whole. Remember, if God be for us who can be against us? So, do not run from persecution because it’s inevitable, but know that the one with you greater than the one in the world. (John 16:33, Romans 8:31, John 15:18-20, 1 John 4:4)
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