About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Defense Before The World
the book of Ezra we learn that King Cyrus of
asked the Jews who gave them the authority to rebuild the temple.
In his letter to Darius, Tattenai states Israel’s answer which is very relevant for us today.
second part of the Jew’s defense was the fact that several years
earlier King Cyrus decreed that they should rebuild their temple. Once
a king decreed something, it was the law and could not be revoked.
find the Jews’ defense interesting.
As I said, it was two-fold.
First, they testified to the fact that God originally
authorized them to build the temple.
Second, they testified to the fact that King Cyrus authorized
them to rebuild the temple. Israel’s defense was first religious in nature, and then civil in nature.
Their priorities were right, and they weren’t afraid to speak their
religious convictions right off the bat.
They could have simply answered Tattenai by saying Cyrus gave
them permission to rebuild, but they didn’t.
This was an opportunity to give testimony to their God.
today are undergoing similar pressure from society.
We are often asked to give a defense for our actions.
The press, the courts, and even our neighbours are asking us to
give account of why we believe and act as we do.
In recent decades Christians have had to account for their
thinking on issues such as Abortion and euthanasia.
Gay marriage is a big topic of debate right now.
believe when asked, our defense on these issues should be the same as
the Jews defense in Ezra’s day. Our
defense should be two-fold.
First, we take the opportunity to share the reason why we believe
as we do. (1 Peter 3:15) Our
heart-felt convictions are based on what Jesus and the Bible says, and
the world must know this. Second,
we point to any civil rights that we may presently have in these
matters, and then we rest our case.
gay marriage, in
the time comes that we no longer have any legal defense
left, then we’re down to one defense, and that’s Jesus.
He is going to have to look after us at that point.
That day is coming. We
might as well expect its arrival and decide in advance that we will
stand for Jesus no matter the consequences.