Sad, Yet Happy Occasion

The Babylonian captivity ended, and the Jews had freedom to return to their homeland, and to bring with them what the Babylonians had taken, “King Cyrus also brought out the articles of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem and put in the temple of his gods; and Cyrus king of Persia brought them out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah” (Ezra 1:7-8).
Sad that the Jews had sinned and brought on the Babylonian attack, which in turn opened Jerusalem and the temple to plundering by the enemy. Sadder still that all those items the Babylonians took–items that had been used in the worship and service of the one true and living God–and put in the temple of their gods.
Yet, this was a happy occasion that the Jews received again what had been theirs that they might take these precious items back to Jerusalem for a new temple.
History is fascinating, because it shows how things can turn around wildly, but it also teaches that we reap what we sow, whether for good or bad.

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