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AND FURTHERMORE…

 Ezra 6:8 “‘Moreover, I issue a decree concerning what you are to do for these elders of Judah in the rebuilding of this house of God: the full cost is to be paid to these people from the royal treasury out of the taxes of the provinces beyond the River, and that without delay.’” 

 TAKE THAT!

Twice the enemies of Judah who were living in the land tried to stop the rebuilding of the Temple which Cyrus had allowed the Jews to do. Once they were successful in halting the construction.  But here King Darius responds to their accusations and rules in favor of the Jews.

But he doesn’t just stop there.  He says, “Your tax money will pay for it.”  I would have loved to have seen their faces when they got this letter.  I bet they could have chewed nails.  You see, going against God’s people just isn’t smart.

TEACHING MOMENT

Children love to get back at each other.  They love to point out when someone else is doing wrong.  Some children just like seeing others get into trouble. We must teach them to stand for what is right, but they shouldn’t try to “nail” other people.  They need to make sure they have the whole story.

Little Susie might not like that girl in her class who is popular. Johnny might not like that guy who wins all the awards.  As long as others are living for the Lord and are being blessed we need to be joyous with them.  Those who are living for Jesus deserve our praise and support, not our ridicule.

Who are you jealous of today?  Come on, nobody?  Ask yourself why you are jealous.  That kind of jealousy is NOT of God.  The Word says that brings disorder and every evil thing.  Give it up.  Rejoice is how the Lord has blessed you instead.

You are my resting place, O Lord.  Help me remember today that my contentment is in You.  No matter what anyone else has or does, I rest in You.

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