Ezra/Nehemiah – Outside Interference
February 11, 2012
Zec 4:6-10 tells Zerubbabel that he will restore the temple, but by God’s power, not by his own. The people of the lands around Israel attempted to frustrate or co-opt this building of the temple for the with their own worship. This harassment would go on in some form for around 70 years.
Playing on the fears of the Persians, they were able to halt construction on occasion, but God shepherded the rebuilding of His temple and it was eventually completed.