This is a great "Behind the Scenes" story that we have an opportunity to see that God will always win in the end. So, let us take a look at the big picture of the rebuilding of the Temple and see if there is anything that we can apply to our lives. (See the scripture below)
After GOD put it in Cyrus' heart to rebuild the temple, do you think that it was an easy task?
No, it was going to be a hard task, in fact it says in Chapter 3:3 that the people went on building even though they were in fear of the people around them.
Do you think that satan was happy that the temple was going to be rebuilt? NO, satan had won the battle (he will win little battles here on earth, but, we know how the story ends....God Always Wins!) the temple was destroyed and GOD's people were in captivity. The last thing that satan wanted was for his work to be undone. That is why in chapter 4:4 we read about how satan used people to discourage the people of Judah from progressing. Read verse 12-15 and you will see the people in opposition lied and used money to influence the king to stop production.
Yes, satan did again win a little battle, but he was no match for our God as will always win in the end! The people of Judah wrote a letter back, and instead of a counter attack, they spoke the truth, and challenged the king to search the truth (5:17) satan and man were no match for GOD.
GOD changed the attitude of the king of Assyria and the building resumed again.
There are a few points that I believe this story can help us with in regards to our troubles today:
Doing GOD's Work is Never Easy - It is a labor of LOVE for our King. I hope that none of us experience to the point of being in fear of your life, as the people of Judah were, but sometimes it can be an up hill battle. Never quit, and let us always encourage each other. We all need that!satan Will Win
Little Battles - It is OK. GOD allows satan to win those little battles, so we become stronger and closer to Christ. Do not let those little losses bother you. Press on. Let the little pip squeak think he is winning.
Always Speak the Truth - When the people of Judah were told to stop, they could have told another lie or attacked the other people involved, but they chose to speak the truth with humility. People can't argue with the truth, it will always shine through.
GOD Always WINS!!! - KNOW this, LIVE everyday like this. There may be little battles lost here and there, but WE WIN. Never loose sight of that!
"Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them
afraid to build and bribed counselors
against them to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Then, when the copy of King Artaxerxes' letter was read before Rehum and Shimshai the scribe and their associates, they went in haste to the Jews at Jerusalem and by force and power made them cease. Then the work on the house of God that is in Jerusalem stopped, and it ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia."
"In the first year of Cyrus the king, Cyrus the king issued a decree: Concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, let the house be rebuilt, the place where sacrifices were offered, and let its foundations be retained. Its height shall be sixty cubits and its breadth sixty cubits.
Let the work on this house of God alone. Let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its site."
Ezra 4:4-5, 23- 24, 6:3, 7