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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Rebuilding Solomon's Temple

Have you considered that the rebuilding of Solomon's Temple raises an issue that came up when building Solomon's Temple? David had made plans, and materials, and selected the people to do the work, and none of the work was to be performed by outside help. But Solomon used the materials to build his House first, and then had to reorder materials and bring in labor that consisted of outsiders, and he made a league with people whom Gd long ago commanded do not make a league or agreement with them. And they are once again trying to do the labor, which is a door opened by Solomon when he had the Temple built by people who were not suppose to be apart of the work of the Lord.

Ezra 4:3, "You may do nothing with us to build a house for our G-d; but we alone will build to the L-RD G-d of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us." 4 Then the people of the land tried to discourage the people of Judah. They troubled them in building,"

1 Chronicles 23: 1So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.
2And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites.
3Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.
4Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the LORD;

Again, David had the whole thing worked out, and commanded his son, Solomon, to do everything just the way David had set it up. 24,000 Levites were set aside for the labor. But Solomon did not follow David's plan. And he used people whom Gd had commanded to not make a league with them about anything having to do with the work of the Lord. And perhaps, descendants of the people Solomon used, came back to make trouble as in Ezra 3 cited above.