“In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah…” Ezra 1:1
The particular prophecy mentioned here was made years before by the prophet Jeremiah concerning the reconstruction of the holy temple by the exiles returning from the Babylonian captivity. It might have sounded rather farfetched when the foretelling was made, yet the prediction would eventually come true when the time came, and miraculously, the whole thing was initiated by a pagan monarch, Cyrus king of Persia.
God’s sovereign will can never be thwarted, no matter how strange it may appear from a human point of view. Evidently, the king of Persia was an idolater and it’s hard to figure out how he was motivated to do such a thing. We can only conclude that he was moved by the Lord to issue such an edict so that the will of the Lord might be fulfilled.
All things that took place in our past seem to have happened capriciously, without any rhyme or reason behind them at all, yet if we look at them in retrospect with an “all knowing” perspective since they have already occurred, we can always connect the dots and make some sense out of them. All things that happened did have reasons behind them, and the ultimate goal is to make God’s purposes come to fruition in our lives.
Of course, we may only be referring to the big events that have occurred in the past and it’s not hard to detect an inkling of divine design behind all of them, but what about all the small details in our lives that don’t seem to have any purpose at all. This is what puzzles us, isn’t it? Does the Lord really care about what I wear today and where I go for lunch? Or how I relate to my friends and neighbors in my seemingly routine words and deeds?
Perhaps all the so-called great events in our life are the accumulation of and culmination of all the insignificant things that we do daily, and what we do in the smallest details in life is the primary force that brings forth the fulfillment of all the monumental occurrences the Lord preordained for us.
I would like to believe that the decision King Cyrus made concerning the rebuilding of the holy temple somehow had something to do with how the Jews had behaved as subjects of the king. It seems obvious to me that the king had a favorable impression of God because of those who resided within the kingdom of Persia.
Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:09:00 AM