Today we read the first chapter of second Corinthians and three chapters of Ezra.
2 Corinthians 1. After Paul’s customary greeting he gives praise to the God of all comfort, which includes comfort in suffering and consolation from suffering. Paul tells of his sincerity and his change of plans and God sparing the Church.
Ezra 5. The restoration of the Temple was resumed.
Ezra 6 records the Decree of Darius and the Temple’s completion and dedication, after which the Passover was celebrated.
Ezra 7. Finally the arrival of Ezra and the letter from Artaxerxes to Ezra is recorded .