PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

 

1/9/19

 

 Ezra 1:1, 5. In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia. . . . Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem.

King Cyrus was a powerful king used by God to carry out his purpose for the Jews. Cyrus was not a Jew nor did he worship the God of the Jews, yet God used him to allow the Jews to move from Babylon back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple.

What are the odds this would happen from a purely human point of view?  At the opening of the book of Ezra the Jews had been exiled for 48 years in Babylon, surrounded by pagan religions, their homeland destroyed and the temple stood in ruins. Add to that the people who occupied their land were hostile. Not an inviting place to return.

However, God motivates Cyrus to encourage and allow the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple. God also moved in the hearts and minds of the religious leaders to return. This has nothing to do with man’s ability, persuasion or political power; it is God intervening through a person who isn’t even a believer!

What does this say to us 1500 hundred years later? When you face situations out of your control, when you feel surrounded by the impossible, overpowered or outclassed, remember that God’s power and ability to intervene is not limited to your resources. We often become victims of our limited visions and ideas closing the door to God’s intervention. We then become prisoners of our own fears and weaknesses.  We need to be reminded God knows no barriers, has no limitations and will move mountains to accomplish his will. The exiting thing is that God wants to use you and me to help fulfill his desires on earth. How does he want to use you in 2019?

 

 Pr. Bob

 

By the Way:

Wednesday 9, 3:00  Confirmation.

Sunday 13, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: message from the Wittenberg Door, Rev. Dave Spotts.