by Rev Joel Yong
At the same time, Governor Tattenai from the province west of the Euphrates River, Shethar Bozenai, and their group went to the Jews and asked them, “Who gave you permission to rebuild this temple and finish its walls?” They also asked the Jews for the names of the men who were working on this building. But the leaders of the Jews were under God’s watchful eye. They couldn’t be stopped until Darius received a report and sent a reply to it.
The enemies of the Jews tried to intimidate them by bringing high powered officials and taking down names.
It’s a common practice even in today’s world.
If you need something done, get a powerful person on your side to increase your rate of success.
But what is even more high powered is this verse-” But the leaders of the Jews were under God’s watchful eye. ”
God was watching over them!
And He is more powerful than any other name you can drop in the world of influence.
And here is what happened in the end- the king was notified and he sent his reply-
I am issuing this decree about how you must help the Jewish leaders rebuild God’s temple: The cost for this should be paid out of the king’s own money from the taxes on the province west of the Euphrates. Full payment should be made to these men so that the work is not interrupted. Also, whatever the priests in Jerusalem need for burnt offerings to the God of heaven–young bulls, rams, lambs, wheat, salt, wine, and olive oil–should be provided for them each day. Make sure that nothing is omitted. Then they can offer sacrifices that please the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons. I am also issuing a decree that if anyone tampers with my orders, that person should be impaled on a beam torn from his own house and his house should be turned into a pile of rubble. May the God whose name is worshiped there cause the downfall of each king and nation who tries to tamper with my orders or tries to destroy the temple of the God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, have issued a decree. It’s to be carried out exactly as ordered. Then Governor Tattenai from the province west of the Euphrates River, Shethar Bozenai, and their group did exactly what King Darius had ordered.
This happened BECAUSE God was watching over them!
So the next time someone intimidates you or pressures you with a powerful influence they know…
You may not know famous people or powerful names.
But all you need is to know God.
No one trumps God! And if He is watching out for you, that is all the help you need!