Ezra 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
Here we see how powerful God’s word really is and we see the grace that God has for all people. Cyrus, a king who isn’t an Israelite, is used by God to make this declaration throughout all the known world at that time. “The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to me to build him an house at Jerusalem.” Here you have a king who has conquered God’s chosen people, and he realizes that God has given him all the kingdoms of the earth. What a testimony that went through out the earth, and it was because God wants His name known through out all the earth! It was God who stirred up the heart of King Cyrus. It is God who wants the world to know Him, and He works in mysterious ways.