Is it your time?


Ever heard “timing is everything”? Ever heard “the time is now”? Ever heard “it’s your time”?

Throughout time there have been plans and purposes, schedules and calendars. God’s plan is that nobody would perish but that everyone would turn back to Him and have everlasting life! God’s plan of sending Jesus wasn’t to condemn the world but that through Him the world could be saved! God’s timing is perfect! He is patient because He doesn’t want anyone to perish! We each have to make the choice on our own though and unfortunately not everyone will choose to receive the gift of Jesus into their lives!

So, what about you? Have you chosen to receive the gift of God through Jesus? If not, what’s holding you back? If not, is this year at Christmas your time?

Is it your time?

Today’s reading starts out in Ezra 1 – it was time for the exiles from Israel to go home as Jeremiah’s prophecy had spoken. Jesus is coming back! When He does will you be ready? Will you have made your decision so that you won’t miss out on that incredible time? When He does will you be prepared for Him and not miss out like the girls who were preparing for the wedding but didn’t bring enough oil to be able to stick around and go to the wedding? We don’t know the exact day and the exact time, so we need to be ready at all times!

Is it your time? Are you ready? If Jesus came back today would you be ready? Or, would you be left behind?

Let’s jump in and take a read of what today’s reading has to say in Ezra…

Cyrus Helps the Exiles to Return

1In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:
2“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:
“ ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. 3Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them. 4And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’ ”
5Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. 6All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings.
7Moreover, King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the temple of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god.8Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah.
9This was the inventory:

gold dishes 30
silver dishes 1,000
silver pans 29
10gold bowls 30
matching silver bowls 410
other articles 1,000

11In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and of silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along with the exiles when they came up from Babylon to Jerusalem.

–Ezra 1

Where is your heart at? Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you focused on God? Are you aligning with God? Are you starting your walk with Him? Are you building your relationship with Him? Are you spending time with Him? Are you discussing throughout your day life with Him? Is it your time?

The List of the Exiles Who Returned

1Now these are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive to Babylon (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to their own town, 2in company with Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum and Baanah):
The list of the men of the people of Israel:
3the descendants of Parosh 2,172
4of Shephatiah 372
5of Arah 775
6of Pahath-Moab (through the line of Jeshua and Joab) 2,812
7of Elam 1,254
8of Zattu 945
9of Zakkai 760
10of Bani 642
11of Bebai 623
12of Azgad 1,222
13of Adonikam 666
14of Bigvai 2,056
15of Adin 454
16of Ater (through Hezekiah) 98
17of Bezai 323
18of Jorah 112
19of Hashum 223
20of Gibbar 95
21the men of Bethlehem 123
22of Netophah 56
23of Anathoth 128
24of Azmaveth 42
25of Kiriath Jearim,Kephirah and Beeroth 743
26of Ramah and Geba 621
27of Mikmash 122
28of Bethel and Ai 223
29of Nebo 52
30of Magbish 156
31of the other Elam 1,254
32of Harim 320
33of Lod, Hadid and Ono 725
34of Jericho 345
35of Senaah 3,630
36The priests:
the descendants of Jedaiah (through the family of Jeshua) 973
37of Immer 1,052
38of Pashhur 1,247
39of Harim 1,017
40The Levites:
the descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel (of the line of Hodaviah) 74
41The musicians:
the descendants of Asaph 128
42The gatekeepers of the temple:
the descendants of
   Shallum, Ater, Talmon,
   Akkub, Hatita and Shobai 139
43The temple servants:
the descendants of
   Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,
44Keros, Siaha, Padon,
45Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,
46Hagab, Shalmai, Hanan,
47Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,
48Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,
49Uzza, Paseah, Besai,
50Asnah, Meunim, Nephusim,
51Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,
52Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,
53Barkos, Sisera, Temah,
54Neziah and Hatipha
55The descendants of the servants of Solomon:
the descendants of
   Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,
56Jaala, Darkon, Giddel,
57Shephatiah, Hattil,
   Pokereth-Hazzebaim and Ami
58The temple servants and the descendants of the servants of Solomon 392
59The following came up from the towns of Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addon and Immer, but they could not show that their families were descended from Israel:
60The descendants of
   Delaiah, Tobiah and Nekoda 652
61And from among the priests:
The descendants of
   Hobaiah, Hakkoz and Barzillai (a man who had married a daughter of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by that name).
62These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 63The governor ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food until there was a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim.
64The whole company numbered 42,360, 65besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 200 male and female singers. 66They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 67435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.
68When they arrived at the house of the Lordin Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God on its site. 69According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work 61,000 darics of gold, 5,000 minas of silver and 100 priestly garments.
70The priests, the Levites, the musicians, the gatekeepers and the temple servants settled in their own towns, along with some of the other people, and the rest of the Israelites settled in their towns.
–Ezra 2
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