BRAGADAYJAH 139

Saturday, December 3, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1157

BRAGADAYJAH 1157
Darius confirmed the order of Cyrus.

Where the hand of God is heavy, no man, not even many men, can lift it up, or make light of it. So the adversaries unwittingly in attempting to thwart the building of the house of the Lord, aided the builders by reporting to the King Darius, the very message that God wanted him to convey, namely that Darius search the records in order to confirm the order of Cyrus, which he did, and found it to be indeed well and truly made. The search confirmed that Cyrus had ordered that the vessels of the Lord which were taken out of the house of the Lord and taken to Babylon, were in fact ordered to be returned by Cyrus. That Cyrus had even ordered that the foundation of the house by strongly laid. So Darius ordered the Governor and all those who had signed the petition to him, “Let this house of the Lord alone. Let Governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build the house of God in its place.” But the telling part of the decree was. ”Whosoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from the house and being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this. And the God that hath caused His name to dwell there, destroy all kings and all people that shall put their hand to alter and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1156


BRAGADAYJAH 1156
Letter to King Darius (continues)

The letter to king Darius further continued: They [the builders] when we asked them by whose authority they continued the work in spite of the prohibitive injunction, they replied and said. “We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we build the house that was built many years ago, which a great king of Israel built and set up. But because our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath He gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon the Chaldean who destroyed this house and carried the people into Babylon. But in the first year of Cyrus King of Babylon the same King Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God. King Cyrus was moved by God to allow His house to be built because Ezra his servant had taken the courage to petition the king and so the king, after visiting Jerusalem, gave command for the house to be built. In this account there is a little bit of a question did the builders tell their adversaries that Cyrus was king of Babylon or did they make it up to undermine Cyrus’ authority to make decisions for Persia. Cyrus overthrew the Babylonian empire for Persia. So when they reported to Darius they were told the order given by Cyrus was as king of Babylon, that account raises a question either of misstatement of facts. or error of transmission.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1155

BRAGADAYJAH 1155
Letter sent to Darius the King.

So Zerubbabel and the prophets decided to carry on the work regardless; but the opposition was quick to take up the attack. So then Tatmai the governor and others came to them and asked them who commanded them to build the house and to make up the walls. And they were asked by the governor and his party what were the names of those that work on the wall; and they did not answer them for the Lord was with them in continuing to build. So the Governor and his party waited until Darius was ruling and then they wrote to him, saying, “Darius King of all peace, Be it know unto the king that we went into the province of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is built with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls and this work goes fast on, and is making good progress. Then asked we of these elders, who commanded you to build this house and to build up these walls? And we asked them also their names so that we could certify to thee the names of the chief of them.”

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1144


BRAGADAYJAH 1154
Import of the Kings Letter

We may well see in terms of the King’s letter what in today’s jargon may be called an injunction; an interim measure while the matter awaits final determination. It also reveals a ray of hope by the words, “Until another commandment shall be given from me.” That could be the legalistic interpretation of the term of the letter; but we must also see that while the building work could have been suspended or thwarted temporarily, there is no way it could have been halted permanently, because it was God’s will for it to be built. So by this we may know that even along the course of the execution of God’s own will, His purposes may be diverted, thwarted or hindered even for a short time. So then we see the prophets Haggai, Zechariah, the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, as a result of which prophesy, Zerubbabel, the son of Shealiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak rising up to continue with building of the house of God and with them and the prophets of God also helping them we ought not to be greatly surprised; for notwithstanding the king’s strong order they continued with the building.    

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1153

BRAGADAYJAH 1153
The King’s Reply
At long last, the enemy received the reply they long canvassed and hoped for.  Artaxerxes ordered work on the temple suspended. This was the king’s reply. “The letter which you sent to me was plainly read before me. And I commanded and search has been made and it is found that this city of old time has made insurrection against kings and sedition and rebellion has been made therein. There has been mighty kings also over Jerusalem which have ruled over all countries, beyond the river and toll, custom and tribute was made to them. I now give commandment to cause these men to and that this city be not built until another commandment shall be given by me. Take heed therefore that you fail not to do this in order that damage may not grow to the hurt of the kings. So upon the receipt of the king’s letter the recipients rushed up to Jerusalem and by authority of the letter and by force, caused the building work to cease


Monday, November 28, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1152


BRAGADAYJAH 1152
Contents of complaint sent to Artaxerxes

The contents of the letter sent to Artaxerxes were as follows: “Be it known, O king that the Jews which came up from you to us, came to Jerusalem, and has started to build a rebellious city and have set up the walls thereof, and joined the foundation. Be it further known unto the king that if this city be built and the walls set up again, then they will not pay toll or tribute or custom; and so will they endanger the revenue of the king. Now because we receive maintenance from the king’s palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king’s dishonor, therefore have we sent to inform the King; that search may be made in the book of the records of thy father, so shall you find in the records of the book, and find that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the city as of old time; for which cause was the city destroyed. We certify the king that if the city be built again, and the walls thereof be set up by this means, you shall no portion on this side of the river.   

Sunday, November 27, 2016

BRAGADAYJAH 1151

BRAGADAYJAH 1151
Opposition mounted in the days of Artaxerxes

Adversaries to the work did not cease their campaign which persisted which through to the end of Cyrus, twenty years, (550-530), Cambyses, eight years, (530-522), the entire reign of Darius, thirty six years,  (522-486), even unto the reign of Ahasuerus, twenty one years, 486-465 in whom the adversaries thought they could make an impact; so they wrote to him making an accusation against again the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem, at the very beginning of his reign. Ahasuerus though he reigned for twenty one years, (485-465) did not accommodate the complaint. So in the days of Artaxerxes eighty six years later (465-424), the complaint was renewed, this time by Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel and the rest of the detractors who wrote to Artaxerxes, the King of Persia the letter to the king being written and translated in the Syrian tongue. Also Rehum the Chancellor, and Shimshai, the Scribe, and others of their companions the Dinaites, Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, the Elamites whom the great and noble Asnapper brought over and set in the cities of Samaria and all who were on the other side of the Jordon, all joined together to frustrate the workers on the house of the Lord in Jerusalem.