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Ezra. Faith in a changing world. Faith in a changing world. Ezra. The joy of vindication. … the work on the house of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia. (4:24). Faith in a changing world. Ezra. Faith in a changing world. Ezra.

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Ezra

Faith in a changing world

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Faith in a changing world

Ezra

The joy of vindication

…the work on the house of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia. (4:24)

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Faith in a changing world

Ezra

The joy of vindication

At that time Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates went to them and asked, “Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and restore this structure?” 4 They also asked, “What are the names of the men constructing this building?”

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Faith in a changing world

Ezra

The joy of vindication

• “stay away from there” (6)

• “Don’t interfere” (7)

• Pay the expenses!

• …and the extra costs

• Anyone who changes this is to have beam pulled out of his house and be impaled on it!

• Carry this out with diligence.

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Faith in a changing world

Ezra

The joy of vindication

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Faith in a changing world

Ezra

The joy of vindication

“The eye of their God was watching over them”

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Faith in a changing world

Ezra

The joy of vindication

  • Jacob

• Joseph

•Mordecai

•the apostle John

  • Jesus
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Faith in a changing world

Ezra

Haggai & Zechariah encourage rebuilding (5:1-2)

B. Tattenai etc. inquire about authorisation (5:3-5)

C. Tattenai writes to Darius (5:6-17) (about the diligent rebuilding [5:8])

C’. Darius writes to Tattenai (6:1-12) (to obey diligently! [6:12])

B’. Tattenai has to comply with authorisation (6:13)

A’. Temple rebuilt encouraged by Haggai/Zechariah(6:14-15)

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Faith in a changing world

Ezra

The joy of vindication

Raise the war cry, [do your worst] you nations, and be shattered!

Listen, all you distant lands.

Prepare for battle, and be shattered!

Prepare for battle, and be shattered!

10Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;

propose your plan, but it will not stand,

for God is with us. (Isa 8:9-10)