Church, State, and God’s sovereign plan (part 1)

This post is not about politics, will not endorse a party, and will not address our nation’s energy policy. It goes much deeper than that. What I will address is the very interesting beginning of the book of Ezra. . . . .

The book starts by telling how God stirred the heart of a pagan King (Cyrus) to fulfill the propheetic word spoken by Jeremiah years before. The King did this by issuing an edict that the Jewish people, long in captivity in Babylon, should return to the land of Israel.

Not only this, but he decreed the reason for the return was because “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. Anyone of his people among you—may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem.” (Ezra 1:2-3)

How amazing that Cyrus, a non-Jewish King who ruled over the greatest kingdom on earth at that time, would feel “appointed” to return the people to their land after being gone so long, for the sole purpose of building a temple to the Lord. And how very interesting that he acknowledges God as the one who has given him the power that he has. This is a clear violation of separation of church and state, is it not?

To Be Continued . . . .



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