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Unexpected Legacy Day 13

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Scripture: Ezra 6:14-16 So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia.  The temple was completed on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.

Then the people of Israel—the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles—celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.

Devotional:  Success!  The Israelites completed the task that God had assigned and predicted they would do.  Despite the odds, they were able to complete the seemingly impossible task of rebuilding God’s temple.

Note that they were able to build and prosper “under the preaching” of Haggai and Zechariah.  Part of what contributed to the success of this endeavor was their continued commitment to listen to the Word of God being preached. And as it was done, they celebrated and worshipped God with joy. 

Do you ever consider how listening to the word of God on a consistent basis contributes to your own prosperity?  God blesses those who are faithful to Him, and He guides and directs the path of those whose hearts are turned toward Him. 

Reflect:

  • What priority do you place on being under the preaching of God’s called ones? How might that impact your prosperity?

Unexpected Legacy Day 12

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Scripture: Ezra 5:1-4 Now Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the prophet, a descendant of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them. Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Joshua son of Jozadak set to work to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. And the prophets of God were with them, supporting them.  At that time Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates went to them and asked, “Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and to finish it?”  They also asked, “What are the names of those who are constructing this building?”  But the eye of their God was watching over the elders of the Jews, and they were not stopped until a report could go to Darius and his written reply be received.

Devotional:  The locals who sought power in Jerusalem were up in arms at the work that was being done to rebuild the temple.  They questioned under what authority that Zerubbabel and his men had set to work.  This was yet another tactic to set fear into the hearts of the rebuilders. 

But Zerubbabel and his men had confidence in who had put them to this task:  God himself.  They were not deterred because they knew that if God was for them, no one could be against them.

Reflect:

  • How confident are you that God is “for” you? What needs to happen for you to grow in that confidence?

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