The times of the Jewish kings came to an end in about 600 BC when the Babylonians carried them into captivity. Now, 70 years later, the Persian king, Cyrus, is inviting the Jews to return to their land.
1. What did God command Cyrus to do?
v 2 ... he has commanded me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
2. What did Cyrus say to the people?
v 3 Whoever there is amongst you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD, the God of Israel (he is God), which is in Jerusalem.
3. What did Cyrus do to help?
v 7 and 8 Also Cyrus the king brought out the vessels of the LORD’s house, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought out of Jerusalem, and had put in the house of his gods; even those, Cyrus king of Persia brought out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and counted them out to Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.
- v 1 to 4 Cyrus encourages those Jews who want to resettle their land saying, “may his God be with him”. People in Babylon are asked to donate gold, silver and other goods to help with the rebuilding of the house of the LORD
- v 5 to 11 Those returning to rebuild the LORD's house are given goods to take with them. Cyrus also gives back all the treasures for the house that Nebuchadnezzar had taken to Babylon