Pushing through Persecution.

The Israelites that first returned after the captivity, begin rebuilding the temple, by order of king Cyrus. Apparently, it took a long time to rebuild the temple. As they were rebuilding, the people Nebuchadnezzar had put in Israel, didn’t like the Israelites coming home and rebuilding anything. They wrote to now king Artaxerxes that they were rebelling against the king and should be stopped. The king agree and the work on the temple was stopped. In the second year of Darius, God stirred the hearts of the prophets and told the Israelites to begin again. This time king Darius agreed with the Israelites. When the king called us out of captivity and told us to return home. We began and it seemed the the whole earth came against us. Some stopped and others pressed through the persecution. Our king is calling us home. We as individuals have to rebuild our temple in the image and likeness of God. God has given us everything we need to finish the task. And it is for us to finish by pushing through the persecution.

Crain Blanchard.


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