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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Devotional: August 2nd
“God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.”
They resolved to maintain their separate position according to the Lord’s will. Christians also should be separate from the world.
Ahasuerus, or Cambyses,
The result of this letter was, not only an order to refrain from building the wall of the city, but the temple also was left till the reign of Darius. Then the prophets Haggai and Zechariah stirred up the people, and the work re-commenced. Opposition was again excited, and appeal was made to Darius. He ordered a search to be made, and the original edict of Cyrus was found, whereupon the king issued a decree that none should oppose the work. The wording of it was as follows:
Signally had all opposition failed, for their very enemies were compelled under pains and penalties to supply them with money for building the temple. Little did they expect this, but God can always do for his people exceeding abundantly above what they ask or even think. The king also ordered that animals for sacrifice should be supplied to them.
Ezra 6:11 , Ezra 6:12
This was a very peremptory decree in the Jews favour, and the work went on gloriously when the people had been fully aroused by the prophets to do the work.
Ezra 6:13 , Ezra 6:14
May the Lord also buildup his church in these days and glorify his son Jesus Christ our Lord.
To be sung or read
Thus saith the Lord to Jacob’s seed,
In me, the mighty God, rejoice;
No hostile weapon shall succeed
Against the people of my choice.
“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine.”
This was another cause of the discouragement of the people. They pleaded that the building would be a very poor affair in comparison with the first temple. Many now-a-days excuse themselves from doing their best by pleading that they can do so little.
The very best encouragement in all the world.
Their poverty need not kinder them; for God could find them means, as indeed he did, for he laid the treasures of Darius at their feet. It is ours to do our best for God’s cause, and believe that the Lord will provide.
And so it was, for there the Lord Jesus appeared, “a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of his people Israel.”
Legal sanctity is not easily transmitted. Holy flesh sanctified the garment in which it was wrapped, but did not cleanse anything beyond. Men are not rendered holy by outward ritual.
The uncleanness of the offerer spoils the sacrifice. There is a spreading power in the defilement of sin, though not in legal sanctity. Oh, to be clean before the Lord! for if we are not so, all that we do will be unaccepted.
When they began to serve the Lord with holy zeal, then would he enrich them; but until then they would have a curse on their granaries and their crops. God save us as a family from this!
Lord, bless me from this day,
As thou alone canst bless;
Take mine iniquity away,
And give thy righteousness.
Lord, bless me from this day,
Thy sovereign grace impart;
Teach me thy sacred law t’ obey
With all my willing heart.
the Second Week of Advent
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