-Darius finds Cyrus’ decree in the archives where the treasures were stored in Babylon. Cyrus had kindly spoken of the God of Jerusalem and His Temple laying out exact specifications according to the rebuilding of It along with Its utensils. Darius further orders Tattenai, Shethar-bozenai, and their colleagues to keep away from there as to let the work on the House of God alone on Its site. Moreover, the cost of the project would from come out of the Babylonian royal treasury from taxes they received even for the sacrifices that were required. Anyone who thought of violating the edict was to have timber drawn from his house to have them impaled on the wood to be made a refuse heap on account of this command. Darius stood up for God and His Temple with force (Ezra 6:1-12).
-The Temple work was completed as to the word of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah in the sixth year of the reign of Darius. The Jews offered their sacrifices and practiced their festivals in purity with joy before the LORD once again, “For the LORD had caused them to rejoice, and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them to encourage them in the work of the House of God, the God of Israel (Ezra 6:13-22).”
-*Application* You cannot stop the plans and edicts of the LORD. His will must be accomplished when He gives the command. He will even use foreign nations to do His good pleasure so that He can receive glory and give joy to His people. Think about ways that God is producing joy in you through the circumstances and turns of your life!
Verse to Memorize: Ezra 6:22