Here’s your weekly love note from God! As I wrote this, I knew my biblical studies friends would have a LOT to add about King Cyrus. But the bible works on a LOT of levels, and this time the whisper I got from God wasn’t just about the historical context; it was about God working through anyone God chooses. I hope it speaks to you.
–Sandhya, the author
Ezra 1:2-4 ‘Thus says King Cyrus of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of those among you who are of his people—may their God be with them!—are now permitted to go up to Jerusalem in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem; and let all survivors, in whatever place they reside, be assisted by the people of their place with silver and gold, with goods and with animals, besides freewill-offerings for the house of God in Jerusalem.’
Do not limit who I can work with and who I can work through. King Cyrus was not Jewish. And yet he knew what I meant to my children of Israel. My son Cyrus let me work through him to build up my children of Israel after they had borne so much suffering in exile. Over and over I have worked with and through people who were not the expected vessels of my message. They have alleviated suffering and comforted and extended love in so many ways. It saddens me that my followers demonize so many people through whom I work. Today I invite you to reflect on the Cyruses in your own life who have brought you or those you know comfort, love, or access to dignity in some way. Lift them up in your prayers today, knowing that your God can turn so much to the good.
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