Joy Comes *Ezra 1

Joy comes in the morning after a time of mourning. This chapter is proof that the Bible – Holy Scriptures are true. YHWH is true to His promises.
God’s people, in exile, are now on the upswing. No longer enslaved and bound by captivity and hardship, this pagan, king Cyrus is fully aware that the God of Israel is the One True God. “1 He acknowledges and makes a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:
2 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:
“‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build a Temple for Him at Jerusalem in Judah. 3 Any of His people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the Temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them. 4 And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the Temple of God in Jerusalem.’” 6 All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings.7 Moreover, King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the Temple of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god.”
The God of Israel had stated many times through His prophets that His people would go into captivity for a time, but He would bring them back into the Promise Land. God is true to His Word. He even uses pagan kings to accomplish His purposes. The blessings of freedom from oppression and bondage are great, but God does not stop there. He also blessed them way beyond their own expectations with an abundance of material wealth.
After a period of mourning, joy came in the morning for God’s people. True peace, joy, and happiness only comes from the Living God; YHWH. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Let the Name of YHWH be praised – serve Him alone in Jesus Name.