September 14, 2012

252 - The command to rebuild the Temple.

Kathleen's thoughts
Daniel 9: 1-27
Psalm 102: 1-28, 85: 1-13
Ezra 5: 13, 1: 1-6
2 Chronicles 36: 22-23

Daniels prayer Therefore, our God, hear the prayer and the petitions of Your servant. Show Your favour to your desolate sanctuary for  the Lord's sake. Listen, my God, and hear. Open Your eyes and see our desolation and the city called by Your name,. For we are not presenting our righteous acts, but based on Your abundant compassion. Lord, hear Lord, forgive! Lord, listen and act! My God, for Your own sake, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.

Gabriel's explanation Daniel, I've come now to give you understanding. At the beginning of your petitions an answer went out, and I have come to give it, for you are treasured by God. So consider the message and understand the vision.

The prayer of a troubled young man - Psalm 102; 1-28

People challenged to rebuild the Temple However, in the first year of Cyrus king of Babylon, he issued a decree to rebuild this house of God.
This is what King Cyrus of Persia says;: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and has appointed me to build Him a temple at Jerusalem in Judah. Whoever among you of His people may go up, and may the Lord his God be with him.

A prayer for deliverance Restore our fortunes, Lord like watercourses in the Negev. Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy. Though one goes along weeping carrying the bag of seed, he will surely come back wit h shouts of joy, carrying his sheaves.

A prayer for the nation's welfare Faithful love and truth will join together; righteousness and peace will embrace. Truth will spring up from the earth and righteousness will look down from heaven. Also, the Lord will provide what is good, and our land will yield its crops Righteousness will go before Him to prepare the way for His steps.

The people's response to the challenge. So family leaders of Judah and Benjamin, along with the priests and Levites - everyone God had motivated prepared to go up and rebuild the Lord's house in Jerusalem. All their neighbours supported them with silver articles, gold, goods, livestock and valuables in addition to all that was given as a freewill offering,

But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved. Eph. 2L 4-5


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