“Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.”
You will always acquire adversaries any time that you do a work for God. These adversaries will do everything in their power to obstruct the work that the LORD is trying to do through you. You must understand that having adversaries has nothing to do with your personality or handling of situations, this is just one of the false attacks they use, but the adversarial obstruction has everything to do with God and His way of doing things.
Ezra quickly found out that everybody wasn’t excited about him rebuilding the temple. Ezra barely finished the foundation of the temple when the adversaries began to obstruct. The adversarial obstruction that Ezra faced came in three forms. These forms of obstruction are the same forms that the adversaries of the old paths still use today.
The first form of adversarial obstruction is compromise. The adversaries said in the verse above, “Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do…” What a mistake this would have been had Ezra joined the heathen crowd. The adversary always tries to say that we are no different from each other, which is a lie. If they are not different from us, why don’t they come to our church and serve the LORD as we do? The reason they don’t join us is because they are not like us, and they know it. The adversary always wants you to join them. My friend, don’t fall for the lie that we are all the same, because we are not. Compromise is wrong no matter how you put it.
The second form of adversarial obstruction is to sidetrack us from the work of God. In verse 5, they hired “counsellors…to frustrate their purpose.” The adversary will begin to do things that will cause us to get sidetracked from the work that the LORD has caused us to do. You always have to keep focused on the purpose of what you are supposed to be doing. There are many battles you can get tied up in, but those battles will often pull you away from doing the LORD’s work. The purpose of the Christian is to reach the lost for Jesus Christ. Certainly, truth must be defended for the lost to be reached, but the adversary always pushes worthy causes for you to involve yourself with that only pull you away from what you are supposed to be doing.
The third form of adversarial obstruction is false accusation. In verse 13, the adversaries accused Ezra and the people of building a city to rebel against the king, which was an absolute lie. My friend, whether or not you like it, when you do the work of the LORD, the adversary will try to scare you with false accusations. Just because people say things about you doesn’t mean you always have to respond. Sometimes, the best response is to continue what you always have done. The adversaries use false accusation to get you to respond so that you stop doing what you are supposed to be doing.
Christian, you will always face adversarial obstruction when doing the LORD’s work, but you must not let the obstruction stop you from the work. Yes, battles will come, but don’t let the battles pull you away from the work of reaching the lost. Our primary purpose is to reach the lost for Jesus Christ; don’t lose this purpose.