Ezra chapter 1 shows us that God can successfully motivate people to fulfill His will. It was the Lord who motivated the Gentile king Cyrus to release the Jews back to Jerusalem (Ezra 1:1). It was also the Lord who motivated the Jewish heads-of-household, and the priests and Levites, to rally to the plan (1:5). God did all this to fulfill the prophecy of Jeremiah, so that it met the 70-year time frame Jeremiah predicted.
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