8 “Moreover, I hereby decree that you are to help these elders of the Jews as they rebuild this Temple of God. You must pay the full construction costs, without delay, from my taxes collected in the province west of the Euphrates River so that the work will not be interrupted. — Ezra 6:8 NLT
In Exodus, we saw that when God brought the Israelis out of the bondage of Israel, He brought them laden with gold and the treasures of the land. God had instructed Moses to tell the people to ask their Egyptian neighbors for whatever they would give. In this way, Egypt was plundered. God had sent the Israelis into bondage again when the Babylon army ransacked Jerusalem and took the people to Babylon. When the time of their bondage was fulfilled, God brought them out of Babylon to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple. Cyrus had decreed that they could go in peace and do this. He gave them the bowls and utensils that had been brought from the Temple. Cyrus also decreed that their neighbors should “contribute toward their expenses” by giving them voluntary offerings of gold, silver, livestock and anything else they might need for their journey to Jerusalem. The people of the provinces west of the Euphrates opposed the rebuilding of the Temple. When Darius became king, they wrote him a letter requesting that that he, Darius, should tell the Israelis to cease and desist. Instead, Darius had the records searched and found the decree that Cyrus had written years before. He not only decreed that everything in that letter would be fulfilled but that the peoples of the provinces west of the Euphrates would not help the elders rebuild the Temple but they would bear the cost of the reconstruction using the tax money they usually paid to Darius. You would need to read the whole book of Ezra to get even a small grasp of all that God provided for His people so the Temple could be rebuilt. They received gifts worth billions in today’s economy. God never sends us anywhere or asks us to do anything that He does not provide “more than enough’ to complete the mission. “Dayenu” is Hebrew for “sufficient for us” and it is a beautiful Passover song that reminds us of just how great God really is.