The Book of Ezra Chapter 4, Opposition by The Elamites

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Most of this Chapter will cover the opposition who see this new threat of power which The Jews seem to have as they work on the restoration of The Temple with Cyrus,Xerxes and Artaxerxes. Work comes to a stop until the Second year of reign of Darius, King of Persia.

Names like Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabbl, Rehum, Shimshai, The Elamites, those whom Osnappaar deported to Sumaria are now causing a slow down in Jerusalem with the restoration of The Temple.
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Sumaria; Elamites

Dear Lee,

You mentioned Sumaria and the Elamites who were moved into that part of Palestine. Later-on, as I understand it, the Samaritans were formed as a "nation", I further have the strange notion, that these people were cousins, nephews and nieces of the Jews, from way back; Isaac/Ishmael, Jacob/Esau, and through inter-marraige, they became the Samaritans. So when the Elamites wanted to help build the temple, in a way they had every right, but were shown away, in any case, they later built their own temple. The interesting part comes when Jesus have dealings with different Samaritans, and only one showed his gratitude, the other nine of course being Jewish.

Luk 17:12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
Luk 17:13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
Luk 17:14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
Luk 17:15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
Luk 17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
Luk 17:17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
Luk 17:18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
Luk 17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

The whole of Israel's history is so complex and interwoven, one often fails to see connections between the Old Testament and the New Testament, and, the greatness of God's forgiveness. I trust that my contribution is correct in every detail.


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