“In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia — this fulfilled the Message of GOD preached by Jeremiah — GOD prodded Cyrus king of Persia to make an official announcement throughout his kingdom.” (Ezra 1:1, The Message).
We saw yesterday how God used the words of Isaiah to prod the Great Cyrus into action. And today we will see that the action Cyrus took fulfilled the words of the prophet Jeremiah, spoken almost 100 years earlier. Though it seems to take forever, the words God has given will always come to pass!
“The whole landscape will be one vast wasteland,” Jeremiah proclaimed. “These countries will be in subjection to the king of Babylon for seventy years”(Jer 25:11). And again, “This is GOD’s Word on the subject: As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home.” (Jeremiah 29:10).
God did what Jeremiah said He would do. And note this — God fulfilled Jeremiah’s word in a most astounding way — one that no man could have ever imagined. He moved upon the heart of a pagan king, the Great Cyrus of Persia (modern day Iran), to initiate and underwrite the return of God’s people to Jerusalem for the specific purpose of rebuilding the Temple of the Lord!
Here are the words of Cyrus himself — “From Cyrus king of Persia, a Proclamation: GOD, the God of the heavens, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has also assigned me to build him a Temple of worship in Jerusalem, Judah. Who among you belongs to his people? God be with you! Go to Jerusalem which is in Judah and build The Temple of GOD, the God of Israel, Jerusalem’s God.” (Ezra 1:1-3, The Message).
Don’t think for a moment that God’s Word will ever fail. No matter what may be happening in this world, no matter who may be ruling in the kingdoms of men, no matter what the economy of this world system may dictate, and no matter what people may say or think — what God says will always prove true.
You can put your trust in Him!