Lord, May we with contrite and humble heart accept your discipline, understand your purpose, make the changes and live for you alone. Amen.
Today’s reading: Ezra 1-3.
Israel returned to the Promised Land after seventy years in a foreign land. Their release and return was a miracle of God’s grace, but the greater wonder is how they responded when they returned. They had no king, no temple, and little besides what they brought with them. They were descended from ancestors, kings and commoners alike, who had often abandoned the Lord and worshiped idols. Yet, when they returned to their former homeland they acted like the people of God.
- They assembled as one in Jerusalem to observe the feast of Tabernacles.
- They gave offerings to rebuild the temple.
- They rebuilt the altar and offered sacrifices even though they feared the reprisal of neighboring countries.
The greatest evidence of their changed hearts was visible when the foundation stones of the new temple were laid.
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is…
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