Ezra 5* The leaders forward the building of the temple. (1,2) letteragainst the Jews. (3-17)1,2 The building of the temple was stopped about fifteen years.Then they had two good ministers, who urged them to go on withthe work. It is a sign that God has mercy in store for a people,when he raises up prophets to be helpers in the way and work ofGod, as guides, overseers, and rulers. In Haggai, we see whatgreat things God does by his word, which he magnifies above allhis name, and by his Spirit working with it. 3-17 While employed in God's work, we are under his specialprotection; his eye is upon us for good. This should keep us toour duty, and encourage us therein, when difficulties are everso discouraging. The elders of the Jews gave the Samaritans anaccount of their proceedings. Let us learn hence, with meeknessand fear, to give a reason of the hope that is in us; let usrightly understand, and then readily declare, what we do inGod's service, and why we do it. And while in this world, wealways shall have to confess, that our sins have provoked thewrath of God. All our sufferings spring from thence, and all ourcomforts from his unmerited mercy. However the work may seem tobe hindered, yet the Lord Jesus Christ is carrying it on, hispeople are growing unto a holy temple in the Lord, for ahabitation of God through the Spirit.
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