Preaching Solved the Problem

Ezra chapter 5 shows us the solution to the problem of chapter 4. The bad guys had come in chapter 4 and deceived and attacked and discouraged the builders to the point that they stopped building.

Ezra chapter 5 starts with the prophets Haggai and Zechariah preaching to the people. The result was that they got back up and started building again. By the end of the chapter, they had written a letter to the king, challenging the bad guys. They had become encouraged and revived by the preaching of the prophets.

Are you discouraged? Are you ready to quit? Perhaps you have already given up and decided to stop fighting for what is right. Our adversary the devil is a deceitful enemy, but "greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." (I John 4:4)

Get under the preaching of God's Word and be encouraged. Be in church for every service and hear what God has prepared for you through the preaching; it just might give you the strength to get up and get fighting again. Will you allow the preaching of God's Word to work on your problems?

(Ezra 5:1-2, 17) "Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them. (2) Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them. ... (17) Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter."