God inspires king Cyrus to have the Israelites go home and rebuild the temple. Over 42,000 make the journey. The leaders build the altar and lay the foundation...followed by much celebration. What an amazing time for them!
Some former enemies come and offer their services but are refused because it is for the wrong reasons. They decide to take on vengeance for being rebuffed. Work is halted when surrounding kings learn of the rebuilding. They fear that the people are evil and will not pay taxes. The people begin rebuilding anyways while the kings search for the official decree from Cyrus to rebuild. They think the people are lying and have no permit.
The decree is found and orders are given to not disturb the people while they work (WIN!). There is a feast and much celebrating after the temple is complete...
The Psalm is written while the people are in Babylon and missing the "motherland"...little do they know they are closer to home than they think!
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