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Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)
TITLE: Persia’s Touch
By Carol Dee Meeks
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and Cyrus, the king of Persia,
when the Lord God of Israel
touched-then turned Cyrusâ€™s heart
for Israelâ€™s return and fresh new start.
The reconstruction on their temple in Judea
and allowance for the captivesâ€™ return,
was financed with help of the royal treasury
and decreed by Cyrus the king,
for the people whose homeland they yearned.
He restored their templesâ€™ possessions
stolen by Nebuchadnezzarâ€™s greed.
But obstacles came, Cyrus past,
and Darius stopped the building cast,
until he found Cyrusâ€™s creed.
When read and studied,
he fell to his knees.
Then, their activity could proceed.
Many tales told
to halt success,
but with Godâ€™s intervention,
their work was blest.
Then Ahasuerus married Esther.
Her people were saved
from Hamanâ€™s hate and fester.
Artarerus I held Nehemiah as his cupbearer.
He had the tenderness of his fatherâ€™s heart,
and released Nehemiah, and earlier Ezra,
to join Israelâ€™s return and a fresh new start.
Godâ€™s remnant was radiant and jubilant.
Prosperity followed when they were obedient.
information from the book of Ezra and Nehemiah....NASB version
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