Our verse of reference in Ezra 6 is:
“The priests and Levites had purified themselves and were all ceremonially clean. The Levites slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the exiles, for their relatives the priests and for themselves.” (Ezra 6:20 NIV).
Remain Constant in our prayers.- During the reigns of Xerxes, Artaxerxes and Darius Hystaspes, the work of building the temple was paralyzed. This opposition, discouraged the people of God and everyone returned to their daily activities. Through the message of Haggai and Zechariah, God showed His interest in answering their prayers, they should only trust God and believe in His Word. This experience should motivate us to continue asking God to answer our prayer requests.
The Decree.- When Artaxerxes read the story of the mighty kings of Israel, he paralyzed the work immediately for fear of an uprising. When Dario read the history of Israel and their MIGHTY GOD, he ordered not to delay the reconstruction, he commanded for all the expenses to be covered by the state, and even punished those who opposed with death. REMEMBER: Any evil plan against us, God can turn it into a blessing. God can turn closed doors into new opportunities.
Dear God who knows and sees everything. We ask you to sustain us when the doors are closed in front of us. Transform the plans to hurt us into blessings. In the name of Jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo J. Rios.