your uppance will come!

In Sunday’s Old Testament reading, God calls Cyrus “his anointed” and tells us how important Cyrus is.  Sorting out who Cyrus is (and why Cyrus matters) needs a little background. 

When God's people got wicked (like you do), Jeremiah and lots of other prophets warned them to repent or they would get their come-uppance, but nobody did.  So the Babylonian Empire invaded, destroyed the Temple, and carried off the best and brightest people (and the Temple treasures) to Babylon. 

While God's people were exiled in Babylon, the Babylonians got wicked (getting wicked worked out well for the Israelites, so why not?).  Daniel warned them to repent or they would get their come-uppance, but nobody did. 

Fine, but where does Cyrus come in?  Cyrus is “Cyrus the Great,” the king of Persia who conquered the Babylonian Empire in 539 BC - making Cyrus the one who gave the Babylonians their come-uppance. 

That's who Cyrus is, tomorrow we'll look at why Cyrus matters.