A word, a handshake, these sealed the words of a person. What was said would be done.
Listening to the wrong voices, looking to the wrong people for answers, leaves the masses with little hope. It’s time we look in the right place.
History is filled with men who knew where to look for hope. Ezra and Nehemiah are two of them.
Hope is found in the Lord’s promises. We have to turn to Jeremiah to understand how.
“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10.
The performance of it.
“Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia,
The LORD God of heaven…hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? His God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel…”Ezra 1:2-3.
As the Father restored Israel to her land, the Son brings restoration to those who will receive His forgiveness.
Christ restores life.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that heareth my word,
and believeth on him that sent me,
hath everlasting life,
and shall not come into condemnation;
but is passed from death unto life.”
Christ restores the kingdom of God
“For since by man came death,
by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
But every man in his own order:
Christ the firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
Then cometh the end,
when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father;
when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.”
All will be restored. Our hope is sure. Keep your eyes on the Savior.
“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” Ezek. 22:30.
Nehemiah became that man for his countrymen.
“I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days,
and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven…
Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open,
that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant…
for the children of Israel thy servants,
and confess the sins of the children of Israel,
which we have sinned against thee…
these are thy servants and thy people,
whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand…”
Nehemiah’s intercessory prayer reflects our Intercessor.
Jesus Christ prays.
“I pray for them:
I pray not for the world,
but for them which thou hast given me:
for they are thine.”
“Who is he that condemneth?
It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again,
who is even at the right hand of God,
who also maketh intercession for us.”
“Wherefore he is able also to save
them to the uttermost that come unto God by him,
seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
“And now I am no more in the world,
but these are in the world,
and I come to thee. Holy Father,
keep through thine own name
those whom thou hast given me,
that they may be one, as we are.”
- Do you ever feel like you can’t go any further? There’s One praying for you.
- Will you follow his example and be the one who stands in the gap for others?
- When you think prayer is all you can do, remember prayer is the best you can do.