This is the “Cyrus Cylinder”, the actual proclamation mentioned in the first chapter of Ezra allowing the people of Israel to return to their lands and to rebuild the temple of God. Cool, huh? Yeah.

This right here is a symbol of hope. The people were enslaved, totally at the mercy of their captors. Cyrus didn’t have to set them free, in fact, it was in his best interest NOT to.

But he did.

‘Cause God told him to.

“God, the God of the heavens, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has also assigned me to build him a Temple of worship in Jerusalem, Judah. Who among you belongs to his people? God be with you! Go to Jerusalem which is in Judah and build The Temple of God, the God of Israel, Jerusalem’s God. Those who stay behind, wherever they happen to live, will support them with silver, gold, tools, and pack animals, along with Freewill-Offerings for The Temple of God in Jerusalem.” Ezra 1:1-4

So these people who, by all accounts were a fallen nation, were able to rebuild because God prodded a foreign king to let them go.

And we think we have hopeless situations? Ha!

Hope is something that God likes to give away.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13