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April 22, 2017

The request for King Darius to investigate the legitimacy of the Jews’ claim that King Cyrus gave a decree for the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem and also generously contributed to it was done and found to be authentic. Thus, King Darius instructed the Persian governor not to interfere with the rebuilding, but underwrite its expenses out of the royal treasury and to punish anyone that rebelled against his edict. Plus, King Darius requested the Jews to pray for the wellbeing of him and his sons.

After four years the rebuilding project was completed, the order of the priest and Levites was reestablished, and the dedicatory service of the temple was celebrated with great jubilation and sacrifices, followed several weeks later by the observance of the Passover and the Feast of the Unleavened Bread.

The incredible gleaning points that I received from this chapter are:

  1. God’s plans for His people will come to fruition.
  2. God will make your opposition assist you in your righteous endeavors.
  3. Rejoice in the blessings and provisions of God.
  4. God is a God of order; therefore, correct disorder.
  5. Even heathens acknowledge they need divine intervention in their lives.


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