“We are the servants of the God
of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the temple that was built many
years ago, one that a great king of Israel built and finished.
“However, in the first year of
Cyrus king of Babylon, King Cyrus issued a decree to rebuild this house
of God. Ezra 5
The adversaries of the Israelites took advantage of
the death of Cyrus and wrote a letter to Xerxes the new king. While the desired
effect was to stop the work on the temple, they focused only on the interests
on the king; sovereignty and revenue in form of taxes, tributes and duty.
your presentation to be effective, you need to be able to see from the other’s
view point. When you seek first to understand, you also earn yourself the right
to be understood and possibly appreciated.
negotiate from a position of strength. Darius may not be interested in building
a temple in Jerusalem, but he can’t knowingly go against a decree made by Cyrus
the Great, the king reputed for being the founder of
the Achaemenid Empire without serious consequences
which can break his own throne.
must understand the language of the trade; the decision to rebuild the temple
was issued in a decree, the resolution to stop building was an order or a
command. A decree is superior to an order, once the original decree was substantiated;
the king’s wisest decision was to align himself.
discouragement you have experienced is simply an order, but there is a supreme
decree from God to rebuild your life and make it the best it could ever be. As it
says in the book of Psalms 102:16, For the Lord will rebuild Zion and
appear in his glory.
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for
Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like
the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your
vindication, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that
the mouth of the Lord will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the
Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
No longer will they call you Deserted, or name
your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah,[a] and your land
Beulah[b]; for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be
married. As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as
a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. Isaiah 62:1-5