Beware Fractious FrustratersFebruary 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Posted in The Fives | 1 Comment
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Haggai and Zechariah preached words of encouragement to the Jews that had returned from Babylon to try to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. This served to motivate them to work hard to finish, which in turn stirred up troubling opposition. A governor named Tatnai and his companions tried their best to frustrate the Jewish workers.
Why did their harassment fail to stop the work? It was because the Jewish leaders recognized they were being watched by Someone greater and more powerful than any earthly governor.
But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter.
God is omniscient and omnipresent, so there is really no place that anyone can go where He does not see. However, God’s children have a special a sense of His eyes being upon them. The Latin term, coram Deo, meaning “before the face of God” is a shorthand way of expressing the idea that we should all live our lives as though God were observing us with keen interest – for He certainly is!