November 13, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Ezra 1-5

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Commentary:  In 539 BC, Cyrus, King of Persia, overthrew the Babylonians and permitted the Israelites to return to their homeland, fulfilling a prophecy by Jeremiah.  Chapter 2 lists the names of those who chose to return, as not all Israelites returned, having built lives for themselves in their new homelands.  Chapters 3 and 4 recount the building of the Temple and the numerous problems encountered.  Haggai encouraged the people to continue their rebuilding no matter the obstacles.  When they encountered more problems, the people relied upon the Lord and continued their efforts.

Focus Verses:  4:1-5  Why did the returning exiles refuse help?  How is this lesson important today?  Is there anyone in your life whose help you should refuse?