Daily Scripture & Questions
Ezra 4-6; Psalm 137 The enemies seek to frustrate the purpose of rebuilding the temple (4:4). In chapter four, we read of the opposition during the reigns of Cyrus (4:5), Xerxes, also known as Ahasuerus, in 4:6, and Artaxerxes (4:7-23). In 4:24-6:12, we read of the work being stopped for 20 years until Darius (who followed Cyrus) orders the temple to be rebuilt based on his search into the records of Cyrus’ decree (chapter six). Psalm 137 tells us why it was so hard for the exiles to sing joyful songs. How seriously do the people pray for God’s vengeance against His enemies? Remember that we are not to take our own vengeance but to leave it with God.
Family Devotions-Scripture & Questions
Read Ezra 6:1-15. Enemies tried to keep the temple from being rebuilt. What did King Darius do to see if King Cyrus had made any decree? What did he make the local rulers do beyond staying away and not hindering the rebuilding? How did God prosper His people (6:14)? Are you being prospered by the teaching of God’s truth?
Biblical Prayer Focus
Acts 4:29-30 “And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Seek the Lord for a holy boldness in proclaiming the truth about Jesus, no matter what threats may come your way. Ask God to stretch out His hand in powerful ways to bring glory to Jesus.