The Law of Connection Part 8
Cyrus Rules-Ezra 1:1-7
Unlike King Rehoboam, the Persian King Cyrus was able to connect with God's people. He first displayed mercy and then identify with the values and heart of his people. This allowed him to strengthen his reign.
What enabled King Cyrus to connect with the people? Ezra tells us he practiced . . .
- Humility: He realized his power came from God and should honor God (v. 2).
- Responsibility: He felt strongly he should build a place of worship for the Jews (v. 2).
- Empowerment: He allowed those who had a heart to build to fulfill their call (v. 3).
- Resources: He issued a decree to support the builders (v. 4).
- Stewardship: He managed people’s gifts, enabling them to play to their strengths (v. 5).
- Priorities: He valued what was the most important to the people (v. 7).
It was no accident that Cyrus arose to help Israel. Many years before these events transpired, God predicted through the prophet Isaiah that Cyrus would "subdue nations before him and lose the armor of kings." He declared, "For Jacob My servant's sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known me. I am the Lord and there is no other; there is no God besides Me" (Is. 45:1, 4, 5).
Join me next time for The Law of Connection Part 9