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First, ask God to see something you can apply to your life.
Then, read Ezra 4.
Then, write down something you can apply to your life.
Then, read what I wrote:
- Historical — The enemies of Israel (i.e the people groups which were forced to relocate to Israel after the Jews were forced into exile elsewhere) try to hinder the rebuilding of the Temple in three ways: collaboration, frustration, and accusation.
- Doctrinal — According to God, there are certain spiritual activities which can only be performed by His people together, precluding partnership with the world.
- Inspirational — I need to expect that, in any major work or project that God has in store, we will be opposed by (a) the wrong partnerships, (b) intentional frustrations, and (c) outright accusations. Expect it. Endure it. Embrace it.