“Let the governor of the Jews and the Jewish elders rebuild this house of God on its site. May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem. I Darius have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.” (Ezra 6:7, 12, NIV 1984).
“I have long feared that my sins would return to visit me, and the cost is more than I can bear.” (Benjamin Martin, “The Patriot”).
My Musings – While the Jewish people have had a long history of persecution and tribulation, they survived over the centuries only to be reestablished as a nation in 1948. History has not been so kind to those nations that were the cause of the persecution and tribulation. Fortunately, the United States has thus far been on the right side, and has been immensely blessed by God. But how long will it be before our other “sins return to visit” us? That is something “I have long feared.” If we ever abandon or lift our hand against God’s chosen people, I am afraid it will indeed “be more than [we] bear,” and our “overthrow” may well be “carried out with diligence.“
My Advice – Like Abraham Lincoln, “my concern is not whether God is on our side, my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”