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The Prophets Helped Them

The Prophets Helped Them

03 October 2009

Scripture:

1 At that time the prophets Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo prophesied in the name of the God of Israel to the Jews in Judah and Jerusalem. 2 Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Jeshua son of Jehozadak responded by beginning the task of rebuilding the Temple of God in Jerusalem. And the prophets of God were with them and helped them. (Ezra 5:1-2 NLT)

The work of rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem had bogged down. There was opposition from the outside and wrong priorities and values on the inside and the project that God had set in motion simply ground to a halt.

Haggai and Zechariah received messages from the Lord to call the people to justice and right values and to encourage the leaders to restart the work of restoring God’s Temple. These prophets are recorded in Ezra’s history of events as being just as involved in the success of the project as the governor and the priest who led and the people who gave and served in the actual performance of the tasks.

We must understand the huge importance of God’s fresh word in accomplishing the tasks he sets for us. His word challenges our wrong thinking, calls us to right behavior, lifts our spirits when we become weary or discouraged, and assures us of success.

I need to look, listen, receive, and obey. God sends his word and his messengers to help me be what he wants me to be and do what he has called me to do.

And here’s the other side of the coin: There are people in my sphere of influence who are weary, discouraged, and stuck. A word in season from me may be just what they need to square their shoulders, pick up their tools, and keep on building. There are people in my sphere of influence who are caught up in wrong values and wrong priorities. My example and my grace-seasoned words may be what they need to start thinking right and living for what really matters.

Prayer:

Father, today I renew my commitment to your word. I purpose to listen and obey. You have called me, commissioned me, and given me tasks that will help “build your Temple” (Ezra 5-6) and “bring in your Kingdom” (Luke 16). I purpose to watch with love and speak with grace to challenge and encourage my fellow-laborers to never give in and never give up. I will look, listen, and obey. Amen.

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