3 Letters

It is amazing to me to see God decided to put 3 Letters in his word. These 3 Letters were not for churches or even believers. These 3 Letters were letters from unbelievers to unbelievers.

Let me set the stage. After King Solomon builds the temple of God, Israel sins against God. The kingdoms are divided into the Northern Kingdom consisting of 10 of the 12 tribes. And the Southern Kingdom consisting of the other 2 tribes. These are the times of Elijah and Elisha.

The Northern Kingdom is carried away into captivity first because they turned against God. The Assyrians come and carry the Northern Kingdom called Israel, into captivity.  2 Kings 18:11-12 KJV

“And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes:
[12] Because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and would not hear them , nor do them .”

The Southern Kingdom, called Judah, goes into captivity later. 2 Kings 24:10-15 KJV “At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.
[11] And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, and his servants did besiege it.
[12] And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers: and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his reign.
[13] And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the Lord , and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the Lord , as the Lord had said.
[14] And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of the people of the land.
[15] And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king’s mother, and the king’s wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.”

So the 3 Letters. Because Nebuchadnezzar had taken the vessels of The Temple of God and he burned the Temple, God’s people wanted to rebuild the Temple.

Letter 1: An Iranian king receives a letter in the Syrian tongue and a copy of the letter God put in the scriptures. See Ezra 4:7, 11 – 16.

Letter 2: False accusers of God’s people try to stop the rebuilding of the Temple so they send a letter to a heathen king Darius. Ezra 5: 6 – 17.

Letter 3: Darius the king discovers Cyrus the king made a decree for the Temple to be rebuilt. So Darius makes a decree for the Temple to be rebuilt. See Ezra 6.

God wanted these letters in the scriptures.  The letters clearly explain events during the captivity of the Jews.

Why does this matter? You will see in our next post. God is specific with dates and times. God has a reason for everything. Until next time.

This picture is not made by me but I thought – how true. Things are not always the way the media wants to make it appear. Do your own homework and pray God manifest the truth to you. He will.

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