Ezra 3:11 - God Is Good And His Love Endures Forever.

Ezra 3:11 - God Is Good And His Love Endures Forever.

Ezra 3:11 (NKJV) And they sang responsively, praising and giving 
thanks to the Lord: "For He is good, For His mercy endures forever 
toward Israel." Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when 
they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the 
Lord was laid.  

Ezra 3:11 (TNIV) With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the 
Lord: He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever." And all the 
people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation 
of the house of the Lord was laid. 


Rebuilding the Temple: Ezra 3:7-13.


  Rebuilding the altar was a priority of the highest order for 
these exiles who had long been denied the ability to worship freely. 
This altar was used twice daily for burnt offerings that were 
sacrificed to the Lord. Once the altar was complete, the rebuilding of the 
Temple itself began. But when the builders had completed the 
foundation, construction halted for a public service of praise and 
thanksgiving. The people raised their voices to openly acknowledge God's hand 
in forgiving their sins and bringing them back home. The words to 
their song are preserved for us: "He is so good! His faithful love for 
Israel endures forever!"  
  As a Christian, "your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit" 
(1 Corinthians 6:19). He is always at work in your life--past, 
present, and future--even when you feel as if you are in "exile" or as if 
your life is on hold. Can you look back in your life and find 
evidence of God's faithful love, even before you started following 
Christ? Stop everything and thank God for all he has done and all he 
will continue to do for the rest of your life! [The One Year Bible 
for New Believers] 

  How do you go about restoring things after God's chastening 
hand has been removed? 
  Put worship first. There was no temple as yet, but that did 
not hinder them from setting up an altar and sacrificing to God. 
This is an illustration of Matthew 8:33. They needed to worship God 
for their own sake as well for a witness to the people around 
  Celebrate God's goodness. It was time for the Feast of 
Tabernacles, a joyful feast of thanksgiving. Times were tough, but the people 
obeyed the Word and praised the Lord. This in itself would be a 
testimony to the Gentiles, and it would do their own hearts good. It is 
always the right time to praise the Lord. 
  Establish the foundations. The Scriptures told them all they 
needed to know to rebuild the temple, and they followed God's plan. The 
foundation is the most important part of the building, for it determines 
the size, shape, and strength of the structure. Do you have the 
right foundations for your life? 
  Look to the future. The old people looked back and wept while 
the young people looked ahead and rejoiced. Tears and cheers, not 
too different from what is happening in families and churches today. 
The men were able to work together but not praise God together. If 
you concentrate on your past, you are sure to rob yourself of a 
glorious future (Phil. 3:12-14). [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by 
Warren Wiersbe] 

You cannot change the past, but the past can change you, either 
for better or for worse. It all depends on how you look at it. The 
past can be a rudder that guides you or an anchor that hinders you. 
Leave your past mistakes with God, and look to the future by faith. 
[Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

The greater our difficulties, the more important it is to put 
God first. When we do, we like those in ancient Judea, find our 
hearts also filled with joy and praise. [The 365-Day Devotional 


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