BY: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, 'The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and He hath charged me to build Him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.'"Ezra 1:2------Committed - Devoted and loyal toward a cause.-Invested in a specific project, person, or idea.-Intentional and deliberate interest displayed in a matter.Cyrus was committed to the task of restructuring and rebuilding God's temple;His responsive heart serves as a testimony to God's faithfulness, sovereignty, and sufficiency ... at all times and in all places.Three virtues of Cyrus:Responsive, Receptive, Committed.-----Today's Read: Ezra 1-3; Psalm 96The marvelous "ushering in" of the Gentiles occurs throughout Old and New Testaments; serving as an extraordinary "grace" hallmark to God's character, sovereignty, and selection process.Two promises intersect our study and ought to be considered:"The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will."Proverbs 21:1"That saith of Cyrus, 'He is My shepherd, and shall perform all My pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.'"Isaiah 44:28------Mmmm ...Yes indeed.150 years before King Cyrus was conceived God preordained His man and His plan, through the governing of His single, sovereign hand.Orchestrating and designating both "rod of punishment," and "herald of healing," God masterfully employs prophecies over His people as a declaration of His committed love and faithfulness.Following 70 prescribed years (Jeremiah 29:10-14) of captivity to Babylon, as a result of wayward and wandering hearts, God would usher in the presence of King Cyrus of Persia to aid in the restructuring, restoration, and redemption of God's people Israel.Stamped by God as a preordained figurehead of deliverance,Cyrus was woven into the narrative of Scripture with exact precision, provision, and enfolding promise to God's people.The wonder of God's "execution" process and executive authority is a mind-boggling mystery too great for words ... but the absolute authority He wields over kingdoms, nations, and peoples is staggering.Committed to his "calling," King Cyrus urges, implores, and encourages the rebuilding of God's temple and makes special provision to all those desirous of participating in it.Financially, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually ...Cyrus ordains specific provisions for "such a time as this."-----That a Gentile king would be ushered in as a peaceful ally to aid and restore God's weary, wondering, and "waiting" people displays His absolute protective care and concern over them. It also displays His lavish concern and commitment to "His" preordained plan of ushering and folding-in the Gentile nations into an ultimate prevailing plan called "Salvation."God is just so good, loving, and off-the-charts able to uphold the sovereign unchangeability of His word ...And He hasn't changed.------There are times and seasons in our lives where we undergo and experience periods of questioning God's control, authority, and rule over our lives;Where a profound period of seeming "captivity" seems ours and we question when the "70 years" will be over.Be sure of this:The sovereignty of God's righteousness, holiness, and wisdom will prevail over the darkest of times and intersect the precise moment in which a "Cyrus" will appear and be folded into a much larger plan and woven into the narrative of God's promises.God has His hand on our changing times,And that hand will prevail ...Come what may.Be obedient, responsive, and committed to a "forsaking" of all that is not in keeping with the absolute purity and surety of His word.God's hand is heavy,His hold is certain,His promises are true.Hold on to Him.Amen.
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