…Any of His people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel… Ezra 1:3
God permitted Nebuchadnezzar to invade Judah because that generation of Israelites continued in the sins of their fathers. Articles belonging to the temple of God were as a result carried to Babylon. (2 Kings 25; Daniel 1). Meanwhile, God being compassionate had promised a restoration for Judah through Prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 30:3). While restoration delayed, the enemy tried to take advantage of the situation. King Belshazzar son of Nebuchadnezzar in his drunkenness dared to misuse articles taken from the temple but God rebuked him (Daniel 5). At God’s appointed time, King Cyrus was enthroned in Babylon (Ezra 1). In his very first year, he decreed the following in-line with the prophecy of Jeremiah:
- Exiles from Judah may return to Jerusalem. (Ezra 1:3)
- Neighbors of the exiles are to provide them with silver, gold, goods, livestock, and freewill offerings to build the temple of God in Jerusalem. (Ezra 1:4)
- Articles belonging to the temple, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem, articles of gold, silver etc. were to be restored (Ezra 1:7).
For reflection and prayer
- God makes way for the restoration of His children, always.
- Article stolen from us (health, finance, marriage, career, etc.) are not lost. They’re preserved until we rightfully claim them.
- God honors His word through His servants
- Inheritance in Jesus is greater than what king Cyrus offered the exiles.
- Pardon and restoration from the consequence of sins of the fathers are part of our inheritance in Christ. Pray for mercy concerning generation errors and curses.
- Resist the enemy from taking advantage of your situation.
- While some remained in Babylon, some took advantage of King Cyrus’s decree and returned to Judah to build God’s temple and a new destiny. Decree that you choose to return to God’s original plan for you.
- Items stolen were restored to those who left Babylon and turn away from the precept that led to captivity. Make a choice to leave; pray for grace to abide under God’s shelter.
- King Cyrus’s decree stood. God’s decree concerning you is final; it shall stand forever.
Items restored arrived Judah for the building of the temple (Ezra 1:11). Restoration is just the beginning of a new thing, a new chapter in a believer’s life. There is hope for your future.