Today we read the first chapter of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and three chapters of Ezra.
2 Corinthians 1. After Paul’s customary greeting he gave praise to the God of all comfort, which includes comfort in suffering and consolation from suffering. Paul told the Corinthians of his sincerity and his change of plans and of 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 Ezra arrived in Jerusalem and the letter from Artaxerxes to Ezra is recorded .