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When our enemies are close

Ezra   •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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The enemies of Isreal oppose and stop work on rebuilding the temple

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Enemies among us

VS 1-2 The enemies reveal themselves
Zerubbabel was the head of Isreal or the governor at this time.
They try and act like they are friends here saying come on let us in we are on the same side.
Read Opening up Ezra
Vs 3 Isreal decision
Isreal and Isreal alone will build
In your life the will be times when God has something for YOU to do, you will be tempted to pass it off but it is not right for you to pass off God’s will for your life on to someone else.
Vs 4-5 True Colors are shown
Here we see what they really wanted to do
Vs 6 The end game.
Here we see that they wrote an accusation to Ahasuerus as an attempt to finally end construction.
Ahasuerus ( Xerxes) and then Artexerxes reigned between Cyrus who made the decree and Darius who we will see over the next few weeks resumed the work.
VS 7-16 The letter sent
Read the 3 points in opening up Ezra
VS 17-24 Response given
Why would God allow this to happen
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