Ezra 6: How to Gain Trust
The Israelites were right. In Ezra 6, the archives were searched, and, just like they had written in the previous chapter, there was a decree that gave them permission to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple.
The evidence came out, and it clearly supported Israel.
Ezr 6:6 Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the river, be ye far from thence:
Ezr 6:7 Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place.
Ezr 6:8 Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king’s goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered.
Ezr 6:9 And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the priests which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail:
Ezr 6:10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.
Basically, they got what they originally wanted and were able to build the Temple. On top of all of that, they were given even more. Whenever they needed the sacrifice, it would be provided to them.
Their honesty paid off for them. Similarly, honesty will make a difference in our lives as well. I am definitely not saying that by being honest we will get financial gain like the Israelites did. However, we will get the other thing that Israel received.
We will gain the trust of those around us. Because they were honest, they became more credible, and they were actually allowed to exist outside of the tight captivity they had been in.
As Christians, this should be important to us. We are called to be witnesses for God, and the only way we can do that effectively is if people are willing to trust us. They need to be able to trust that we are really bringing a message that will be worth their time.
The way to gain that trust is to practice what we preach. We have to make sure that we are living our testimony.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: