A Day in Ezra: Chapter 6

EZRA CHAPTER 6

Key Verses:

13 Then, according to the word sent by Darius the king, Tattenai, the governor of the province Beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and their associates did with all diligence what Darius the king had ordered. 14 And the elders of the Jews built and prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. They finished their building by decree of the God of Israel and by decree of Cyrus and Darius and Artaxerxes king of Persia; 15 and this house was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.

Central Truth:

As believer’s we are all living temples. We will face much opposition from Satan and even from ourselves, but God will prevail in the end.

What an awesome example of God’s faithfulness. The Jewish people were finally able to rebuild the temple despite the many men set against it. They trusted that God would see it through. As believer’s we are all living temples. We will face much opposition from Satan and even from ourselves, but God will prevail in the end. As we are sanctified, we can find joy in our new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). When I think about myself as a temple, I tend to think of myself simply as a building. But we are living, breathing vessels. We require a lot more maintenance than a bunch of bricks. Being physically and emotionally well are extremely important factors of your spiritual wellness. God created us that way. When one of these factors is out of whack, our Temples take the brunt of it, making connecting with God much harder. Building our temples takes work, patience, and REST. This plays out for me in my sleep. I don’t get a lot of it and that eventually catches up to me. I become irritable, more willing to skip my quiet times, my anxiety flares, I can be unloving to those I care about, go days without praying, etc. Recently, I was ordered by a friend to go home and get some sleep. Though it was hard for me to stay still and rest, the sleep made all the difference. It restored me to myself, to others, and MOST importantly, to Christ. My temple was back up and running. In the fast-paced world we live in we can easily forget about our temples. I pray that you inspect your today.

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