What Does the Law of the Land Say?

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezra 6–8.
Do not always assume that what the enemies of the church say the law of the land says is true. They hope that you will not read the law and by that they hope to keep you silent. This happened during the days of Ezra. The enemies of the Jews assumed that it was illegal for Ezra and the Jews to rebuild the temple of God in Jerusalem. However, the Jews believed the law supported them. Therefore a letter was sent to King Darius to inquire into the matter. This happened next, “Then King Darius issued a decree, and a search was made in the archives, where the treasures were stored in Babylon. And at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a scroll was found, and in it a record was written thus: In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus issued a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem:
‘Let the house be rebuilt, the place where they offered sacrifices; and let the foundations of it be firmly laid, its height sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits, with three rows of heavy stones and one row of new timber. Let the expenses be paid from the king’s treasury. Also let the gold and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple which is in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and taken back to the temple which is in Jerusalem, each to its place; and deposit them in the house of God’” (Ezra 6:1–5). The Jews were right and their enemies were wrong. Not only was it legal to rebuild the temple, but the Persian government was to pay for part of the rebuilding.
If someone states that the church is in violation of the law, do not believe simply because they said it or because everyone believes it. If you can, make a search and you might be surprised by what you discover.

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