PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Ezra 5-6
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Whatever is needed must be given them daily without fail.” (Ezra 6:9)
There are times when Jesus followers will experience opposition (ch.5).
And there are times when they will be supported in their work (ch.6).
The Jews then were building a temple; as Jesus followers we are building people!
Our temple is not the church building, but the people around us that need God’s help.
Throughout history Jesus followers have led the way in kingdom work.
They started many schools, hospitals, charities and social justice movements.
I believe the Lord is behind this, sending his followers to continue his work.
Sometimes people will resist them, but often they will admire what they do!
They may even support the work of Jesus followers for justice and mercy.
I admire the perseverance of the Jews for doing God’s work despite resistance.
And I am encouraged how God supports them through the non-Jewish king Darius.
As Jesus followers we do not need to seek opposition or support.
We just need to be faithful in joining Jesus in pursuing justice and mercy.
We may face resistance; but we may also be surprised to see who ends up helping us!
Lord, there are many people who are not following you, who support your kingdom work of justice and mercy. Thank you for reminding me that you are making sure your kingdom work will not be interfered with!