Monday, January 25, 2010

142: Nasty Letters

Ezra 4-7
In these records you will find that this city is a rebellious city, troublesome to kings and provinces, a place of rebellion from ancient times. - Ezra 4:15

When the enemies of Israel hear about the temple being rebuilt, they decide to undermine Israel's plans. These unnamed enemies hire "counselors" to run around discouraging the builders. This, I guess, fails. The bible doesn't really say, but the Israelites keep on building.

The next attempt by Israel's enemies (still unnamed) to undermine them happens at the beginning of the reign of Artaxerxes. They write a letter to the king (signed "From your servants, the men of the Trans-Euphrates") that says nasty things about Israel. They claim that if Artaxerxes allows the Israelites to rebuild the temple that he will get no taxes and Israel will rebel. The king agrees and stops the Israelites from working.

Work is stopped till the reign of Darius. The Israelites send Darius a letter, telling him the Persian king (King Cyrus) that allowed them to begin the rebuilding. Cyrus, in fact, said that if anyone stops the Israelites from building their temple, they should be impaled. Darius decides that he doesn't want to be impaled and lets the Israelites finish their temple. Darius also decrees that Persia will pay the expenses of building the temple (as per King Cyrus' orders).

Ezra finally comes into the story. Ezra is a well known prophet in Israel. The king of Persia gives Ezra complete control over Israel (but Israel is still under the command of Persia of course). The king of Persia writes Ezra a big letter, saying how wonderful Ezra is, and the section ends.

*News*

To be honest I don't really have time to do this today, but I will give you an interesting link.

It's the Westboro Baptist Church's new website (one of many). And it's all about Obama. I wonder what they're going to do when Obama's 8 years are up and the world hasn't ended.

3 comments:

  1. Gotta love the WBC: Letting the world know why it's best to consider the Bible as fiction since 1955!

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  2. I wonder what they're going to do when Obama's 8 years are up and the world hasn't ended.

    It's Westboro. They'll just assume that the fact that the world hasn't ended is proof of God's enormous, eternal hatred for everyone who isn't Fred Phelps.

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  3. I wonder what they're going to do when Obama's 8 years are up and the world hasn't ended.

    I just have to say I love the confidence in this statement. The whole world is pretty much with you and hoping you do keep him in for 4+4.

    [http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/barack-skywalker.jpg]

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