Once again, the People, the Remnant [a faithful few] began to build the Temple. Now, in Ezra 6, King Darius also re-looked into the records of the kingdom and found that those in the Trans-Euphrates had better lay off the heavy handed actions and allow the Jews to continue the building program. In fact, open your Bibles and read the letter he had written from Ezra 6:1-15.
Once again, injustice tried to lift its ugly head but the Righteous Hand of the Lord supported His People. The Governor and his associates carried it out with diligence. This change of events made me feel a lot better. At last, the Temple was started and the Doctrinal teaching of The Covenant comes out. God is Faithful to His Word. Period. The Promise was kept!
The Bible has some strong things to say about people who are critical or who criticize others. It is not my intention this morning to deal with that but to put this whole situation back into our laps, & for us to deal with our responses. In truth, we are not responsible for other’s actions or remarks but as we heard last week, we need to be responsible for our response.
Our response is our responsibility.
1. Love your enemies: All nine of these are our responsibility!
He was meek and did not cry out or bruise a reed (retaliate) until the time would come to bring "justice to victory" (12:19-20). Yet He proclaimed justice (12:18), openly denounced the unjust (23:13-36) and actively, even somewhat "violently," protested unrighteousness although He knew what it would cost Him (21:12-13).
Jesus was meek (11:29), but He was not a wimp. He called His disciples to be both harmless as doves and wise as serpents (10:16)-in short, to be ruled by the Law of Love (22:39).
2. Forgive as Jesus Forgave you: Ephesians 4:32
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
3. As best as you can, live at peace with them.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
GOD NEVER GIVES US DISCERNMENT SO THAT WE MAY CRITICIZE, BUT THAT WE MAY INTERCEDE! Nov 23, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers.