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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 26, 2017

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THURSDAY, October 26

Ezra 1:2-3 “Thus says King Cyrus of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of those among you who are of his people—may their God be with them!—are now permitted to go up to Jerusalem in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem.”

In 539 BCE, the world changes. Cyrus, the king of Persia, becomes the ruler of Babylon. Suddenly the nations under Babylonian control are given the right to worship their own gods and rebuild their own temples. For the people of Israel living in exile, this means return and restoration to the Promised Land and to Jerusalem.

God—always sovereign—stirs up the spirit of King Cyrus, whose decree sets a new exodus in motion. However, this new exodus is not the dramatic and unified mass movement of the people under Moses. Ezra and Nehemiah are clear that this movement has several complicated phases and leaders. Many exiles elect to remain in Babylon rather than return to Israel.

Think about the powers that hold you captive. What would your path of return look like? Would you be willing to get on the road to restoration?

MOVING FORWARD: Share a picture or story of returning to a beloved or holy place with us at #ForwardDayByDay.

PRAY for the Diocese of South Carolina

Today the Church remembers Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, 899.

Ps 37:1-18 * 37:19-42 | Ezra 1:1-11 | 1 Corinthians 16:1-9 | Matthew 12:15-21

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