When I look at these verses before us today I think of one word.  That is the word restoration.  However, it was Israel’s fault because God had given plenty of warning through prophets many who are named in Old Testament writings of what would happen if they continued in their course.  One of the names of a Gentile emperor who gave the command for them to return was Cyrus King of Persia at that time.  In Jeremiah 29:10 they were to return in 70 years.  That is the exact time of the reign of the three Babylonian emperors.  Don’t you think our God has everything together?  When it comes to Cyrus, he is pre-named twice in Isaiah 44:28 and 45:1.  He may not even have been born yet, but God says of him, “Whose right hand I have held.” I would like God to say that if me too.  Who knows when God first knew me and might have said that of me.  Ephesians 1:4 says we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

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