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Every Tongue Will Confess

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“And I, Artaxerxes the king, make a decree to all the treasurers in the province Beyond the River: Whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the Law of the God of heaven,requires of you, let it be done with all diligence, up to 100 talents of silver, 100 cors of wheat, 100 baths of wine, 100 baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much.” – Ezra 7:21-22

Ezra 7:21-22 Audio

Esra 7:21-22 Commentary Audio

One of the surprising facts about the Holy Bible is the history it contains among the many areas that it encompasses. The Bible is not only a story about the Jewish people or about the converted individuals who decided to follow faith and belief. It is a history of even other kingdoms and cultures that had contact with Israel. The surprising fact is that even kings from other kingdoms were astounded that the LORD of the Israelites was a true LORD.

There are many stories where this is seen. The story of Nebuchadnezzer who was the king of Babylon decided to place three individuals who did not worship the Babylonian pagan deity into a fire. The three individuals refused to worship on account of the first commandment and their firm faith. They were placed in a fire and to the surprise of the king, they were able to walk in the fire with an angel near them covering them.

In the story of Ezra, King Artaxerxes proclaimed the name of the LORD and made sure that the temple was restored in Jerusalem with Ezra at the head of the project. King Artaxerxes was the son of King Xerxes, the ruler of the Medo-Persian Empire. But even more important that who this king was, was the importance of his statutes to rebuild the temple indicate that he was able to recognize the sovereignty and importance of the LORD.

Each of these stories indicate the sovereignty and importance that the LORD plays in history. While he may not have been worshipped in some kingdoms in history, some kingdoms saw that the LORD was protecting His people and covering them. These biblical accounts describe that even the greatest in history understood the greatness of the LORD.

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