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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Ezra 4:11-12, A copy of the complaint to Artaxerxes

As we read the complaint by the resistance we will see the intent is not about The Temple but about The Walls and Gates of Jerusalem being repaired and their Foundations repaired. This is not in direct relation to the Temple and is placed within the wrong context of chapters. This note should be place somewhere in aether Chapter 6 or Chapter 7 of Ezra. It could even belong in Nehemiah because it does cover rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem. The Persian King Aeraxerxes I Longimanus(Long Hand) who ruled from 465-424 even extends this time into The Book of Esther.

So lets read the next two verses 11-12.
V11 (This [is] a copy of the letter that they sent him) To King Artaxerxes from your servants, the men [of the region] beyond the River, and so forth: V12 Let it be known to the king that the Jews who came up from you have come to us at Jerusalem, and are building the rebellious and evil city, and are finishing [its] walls and repairing the foundations.

So the story goes, they, the resistance know what the Jews are going to do before the job is completed and it is up to them to inform the King, as if he didn't know what was going on already in his Kingdom.

We will find all kinds of things to distract us from completing our calling with our work/job. When we start any job we should see it through till we have completed it no matter what other are saying about what you are doing and what is wrong with letting it continue to completion.

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