God The Avenger!
Moreover, I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered.
The book of Ezra is the historical account of the re-building of the temple. They were released from 70 years of captivity and commissioned to return to Jerusalem by King Cyrus and re-build the temple.
You know the enemy was not going to allow this building project to go on without trying to put a stop to it, and he managed to get the project stopped for a while.
His tactic was to use people, former enemies that came as friends, sheep in wolves’ clothing, desiring to help build the temple. Zerubbabel told them, “You have nothing to do with us.”
Their next tactic was to lawyer up and petition King Artaxerxes of Persia to stop the project, and he stopped the re-build. Some of the Jewish leaders with much haste went to the builders and made them stop by force and power, it was a serious decree.
But Thank God for the prophets! Haggai and Zechariah prophesied that the rebuilding must go on, and on it did.
The governors of the land returned and demanded that the project be stopped the Jews refused and kept on working, so they sent lawyers to the king again, but this time we had a new King named Darius. Darius researched King Cyrus’s decree and understood the power of God, so much that he requested the priests and Jewish people continue to pray for him and his sons.
What makes this verse stand out is the amazing decree that King Darius made, simply stated he made the enemies of the Temple pay taxes and supply all their needs while they rebuilt the temple, and he told them to do it with haste. He also gave an incentive for them to help the Jews, if they caused trouble their houses were to be torn down and the lumber turned into gallows and they were to be hung.
When you’re being hindered God can turn it around overnight! The resources of your enemy can suddenly be put to your use.
We have a third temple to be built soon, and I’m sure the enemy will try and stop it too.
But watch what God can do!
He is: El Nathan Neqamah
The God Who Avenges Me