8-14-17 Newsletter

Ezra 1-2

Cyrus the Great was the most dominant leader in history at the time of his reign. He united more people and defeated more nations than anyone before him. He was known throughout the world at that time as the king of kings. As ruler over many nations he would literally be considered the king of their king. Cyrus was different from the Assyrian persecutors who came before him because his method of leadership was far different. Assyrians would take people from their homes, slaughter their people, then divide the land amongst their own heritage while shipping the natives back to Assyria. Babylonians were far different. They returned people to their homes to work their own lands while giving back a portion of their yield as penance to the king of kings. What Cyrus did not know was that God was going to use this vanity as His own tool for returning His people and rebuilding God’s temple. The Lord laid it on Cyrus’ heart to not only rebuild the temple but to return everything that was stolen as well.

Often when the moment of surrender and defeat can get no more oppressing is when the Lord decides to step into the situation and redeem His people. Israel was arguably at the lowest point in which it had existed in its history. The people were displaced and in pain. They were removed from where they wanted to be in life. We most likely can identify with their feelings of exhaustion and defeat in more ways than one. But know that even the king of kings was subservient to the King of Kings who is God and LORD. Trust Him with whatever you’re going through today and know that He is directing even the paths of your enemies.

In Christ, Bro. Les

Newsletter – 8-14-17

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