THEME: GOD CAN USE ANYBODY TO FULFILL YOUR DESTINY
TEXT: EZRA 1:1-4
1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.
4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.
GOD USED KING CYRUS, A PAGAN KING TO FULFILL PROPHECY
The people of Judah ended up in the land of Babylon due to disobedience. Due to this the people of Judah scattered abroad. The wages of disobedience is punishment. The prophet Jeremiah prophesied this before its occurrence (Jeremiah 17:1-4).
In Jeremiah 25:11, he prophesied that;
“And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.”
Also, in Jeremiah 25:12, Jeremiah told the people what to expect.
“And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolation.”
God, through Jeremiah assured the people in Jeremiah 29:10;
“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.”
Since God deals with time, He gave the people time period for which they will come back to the land of promise.
Beloved, everybody in the kingdom has his time and God alone controls that. In the case of Judah, when the time was ripped God honoured His Word. He stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, to mobilize the people back to Judah land and build the Temple.
God used a pagan king who never shared same beliefs with the circumcised Jews. Men like king Cyrus did not deserve to build God’s house. The reasons are that;
1. He was a pagan king.
2. He was uncircumcised.
Yet this was the man God used to carry out divine assignment because the time was due.
Beloved, it is just the matter of time and your tears would be history. God can use anyone to bring a change into your life. We call them destiny changers. Wait for God’s time. Don’t try to do overtaking.
When your own time is due king Cyrus will show up. It is well my friend. King Cyrus is coming to rescue you. Remain faithful and committed.
“…and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.”
A pagan king, to build a house for God? Then prepare for your own.
God doesn’t need anybody’s opinion before releasing your Cyrus to fulfill your destiny. He doesn’t need any consultation from any man before releasing your Cyrus to fulfill your destiny.
“REMAIN CALM AND WAIT FOR YOUR CYRUS”
“Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.” (Ezra 1:2).
PRAYER Help me to be faithful and committed as I wait to receive my Cyrus, in Jesus’ Name!
Rev. John Wundengba
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