It is a Persian king, Cyrus, who proclaims that the Jewish people were to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple…wow! It is amazing how God works and who he chooses to use. It’s just as fascinating to see who obeys as well as who rejects God. A lot took place between chapter 36 of 2 Chronicles and Ezra as King Cyrus defeated king Nebuchadnezzar. It was customary for the Persians to allow captives to return to their homes. God used this custom to bring his people back to their homes.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.