Ezra 1:1-7; Psalm 126; Luke 24:13-35; Acts 1:1-11.

The old hymn says: ‘God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform’ – like working through a pagan emperor to bring the Jewish exiles home and restore Jerusalem. (The books of Ezra & Nehemiah tell the story, which is also behind several prophetic books.)

As wonderful as it is, God has a deeper and wider purpose to which this restoration points!