by Sandy Kirby Quandt
In the 5th Century B.C. King Cyrus of Persia announced the God of heaven, the One who gave Cyrus his vast empire, gave him the responsibility of building God a temple in Jerusalem to replace the one that had been destroyed. All Jews throughout the kingdom of Persia were allowed to return from their Babylonian exile to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.
The actual construction of the temple began in the second year after they arrived in Jerusalem. Zerubbabel was given the responsibility of overseeing the rebuilding of the temple. The supervision of the project was given to Jeshua. The prophets Haggai and Zechariah provided moral and spiritual encouragement. People of all talents and abilities returned. Ezra chapter two lists a total of 42,360 people, in addition to 7,337 salves and 200 choir members who returned to Judah.
The construction was not an easy task and it was not completed overnight. There was opposition to the project from multiple sources. Yet, the work continued through to completion. As the work was being completed, the prophets encouraged Zerubbabel and told him of a time when spiritual apathy and foreign oppression would forever be abolished.
The temple wasn’t completed by people who believed that in order to survive in this world, a person must be tough, strong, unbending, and harsh. It was completed not by force nor by strength, but by God’s Spirit.
When we feel called to do something for God, we may be weak, tired, face opposition from all around us, and feel like giving up. But just like those who rebuilt the temple, we aren’t called to trust in your own strength or abilities to complete the job. Instead, we are instructed to depend on God, and him alone, to complete our work in the power of God’s Spirit.
Is there something you feel called to complete for God? Isn’t it great to know the work is dependent on the power of God’s Spirit, no on us?
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Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!'” Zechariah 4:6-7 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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