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“Day by Day Without Fail” (Ezra 6:7-10)


The enemies of God thought they had succeeded in stopping the rebuilding of the temple and its worship in Jerusalem. Yet, after a brief halt, the archives are researched and permission is found from the original writings of King Cyrus to allow the Jews to return from captivity, rebuild the temple, and resume worship. King Darius issues an order to those trying to bring the temple worship to a halt and wrote:

“Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God on its site. 8 Moreover I issue a decree as to what you shall do for the elders of these Jews, for the building of this house of God: Let the cost be paid at the king’s expense from taxes on the region beyond the River; this is to be given immediately to these men, so that they are not hindered. 9 And whatever they need—young bulls, rams, and lambs for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the request of the priests who are in Jerusalem—let it be given them day by day without fail, 10 that they may offer sacrifices of sweet aroma to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king and his sons” (Ezra 6:7-10, NKJV).

Satan must have been very happy for a short time. It must have pleased him very much to see the progress of God’s kingdom coming to a standstill. Yet, the delay was only temporary. After being granted permission, the people of God resume building and worshipping as God had instructed in the Old Testament.

Of course, restoring Old Testament worship took resources. There was money and materials needed to rebuild the temple (6:8). There were animals needed for sacrificing (6:9). There was “wheat, salt, wine, and oil” needed for offerings (6:9). The work of the “the priests” required specific resources to be accomplished. Knowing this, the king ordered that “it be given them day by day without fail” (6:9).

The fulfillment of this phrase would be a key to the success of the people of Israel. Giving needed to be a daily action because God’s work is a daily work. If giving stops one day, one week, one month, or for a year at a time then it may very well halt God’s work for a period of time too. Who is pleased when God’s work is brought to a stop? Not God.

What is it God’s people need to do God’s work today? It takes resources. An ox cannot work all day without being fed some grain. Likewise, God’s workers need support to do their work (1 Corinthians 9:9-14). If we fail to supply the necessary resources to preachers, teachers, elders, and kingdom workers then it can bring the work of God’s people to an abrupt halt. Do you stand ready to aid, assist, and support those who have a hand in building God’s kingdom? Then, may you stand ready to offer the kingdom resources you have available “day by day without fail.”