June 11, 2024

When Freedom Feels Foreign

“The Lord was very angry with your ancestors. Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty.” – Zechariah 1:2,3 After being away from their homeland for seventy years, King Darius of the great Persian Median Empire came in and set the Lord’s people free. It’s hard to imagine how shocked they were upon being told that they could go home, especially since their circumstances literally shifted overnight. Because they had fully settled in a foreign land — many of them even being born there — to suddenly have total liberty was a huge change.  Yet in spite of having become comfortable in captivity, they seized their chance at freedom and embarked on a return journey to their native land. However, when they arrived, they beheld only a shadow of what

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