5:11 | I really like the reply in this verse that the Jews give to the inquiring authorities:
We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the house that was built many years ago, which a great king of Israel built and finished.
Maybe I’m drawing a connection that isn’t really there, but I see that as an image for the church. If the church (as in the collective body of believers throughout time) is God’s new house and dwelling place, then we are constantly in a process of rebuilding, working out our salvation with fear and trembling as God sanctifies and restores us.
6:11 | For completely different reasons, I like the imagery in this verse that describes the punishment Darius promises to any who hinder the work of the Jews as decreed by his predecessor:
Also I make a decree that if anyone alters this edict, a beam shall be pulled out of his house, and he shall be impaled on it, and his house shall be made into a dunghill.
Very well then.