I enjoy visiting friends homes and looking for the most obscure coffee cup when they offer. It is fun to try to complete the narrative of their lives from their coffee cups. For better or for worse, cups preach. Maybe the guy is generous with his money or blood (still strange for a coffee cup) or faithful at work. Whatever the case, they tell us a story.
In Ezra 1 we have cups that tell a pretty profound story.
After conquering Babylon the powerful king Cyrus makes a decree to send a bunch of the captive Jews back home to Jerusalem (538BC). Why? To build the temple and get worship going again in Israel. It is amid this dramatic announcement we read: