Nothing new…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Ezra 4:9-16

Rehum the commander, Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their associates, the judges, the governors, the officials, the Persians, the men of Erech, the Babylonians, the men of Susa, that is, the Elamites, and the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Osnappar deported and settled in the cities of Samaria and in the rest of the province Beyond the River.   (This is a copy of the letter that they sent.) “To Artaxerxes the king: Your servants, the men of the province Beyond the River, send greeting. And now be it known to the king that the Jews who came up from you to us have gone to Jerusalem. They are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. They are finishing the walls and repairing the foundations.

Now be it known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and the walls finished, they will not pay tribute, custom, or toll, and the royal revenue will be impaired.

Now because we eat the salt of the palace and it is not fitting for us to witness the king’s dishonor, therefore we send and inform the king,  in order that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers. You will find in the book of the records and learn that this city is a rebellious city, hurtful to kings and provinces, and that sedition was stirred up in it from of old. That was why this city was laid waste.  We make known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls finished, you will then have no possession in the province Beyond the River.”

Politics has not changed with time.  What has gone before continues.  Lies are published and truth obscured.  Those without wisdom do not seek truth but listen to flattery and suggestions as if they were truth.   Who among us takes the time to seek truth?  If the truth of why the Jews were sent had been known the letter would have been seen in its true light.  But that was not the case as will be seen.  We are warned to be alert and to stand.  We are to seek truth and stand.  We have a higher power that enables us.

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