Ezra 4:15. That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.
Ezra 5:17. Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king’s treasure house, which is there at Babylon, whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.
It All Depends What You Are Looking For
There were two searches made in the records of the kings in Babylon. The first was done by the enemies of the Jews, the second by the Jews themselves. In the first search, they were looking for everything bad they could find about Jerusalem from a worldly view. The Jews ruled over the nations and everyone paid tribute or taxes to the them. The second search was by God’s people for a command from the king to rebuild Jerusalem. In both cases, Cyrus had given the command to rebuild; the problem was, the enemies of the Jews trumped-up things to make the Jews look bad. They wanted to stop progress. It took years for the enemies of God to die off and progress to start again. In both cases, they were searching for something in the law. The difference was in what they were looking for. The enemies of the Jews were looking for anything that would stop progress; they could care less about the truth of the command to rebuild. The Jews wanted the truth so they could continue with what God wanted.
Do You Justify Sin and False Doctrine With the Bible
You can use the Word of God to justify just about anything. I have even seen people use it to justify sin. It all depends on what you are looking for. When we come to the Word of God, if we do not come with an honest heart, looking for the will of God, we can be easily deceived. Unfortunately, many cults and false doctrines start that way. You need to let the Word of God speak for itself. If you are like the enemies of God, you will come with a preconceived notion of what the Bible should say and then try to search for your false doctrine, just like these folks in Ezra’s time. We need to be open and honest about the Bible or we will fall into all kinds of false doctrine. They all use the Bible, but they are searching for a man-made doctrine; and guess what — they find it just like these enemies of God did. Make sure, when you come to the Word of God, you come with a pure heart and an open mind. God can bless you then and you will make progress building a godly life for the Lord Jesus Christ.
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