May 29, 2024

Thomas McNeilly

Jesus Christ is King

How to understand Ezra Chapter 3: Booth Biz and 2 Corinthians 3:17
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In the seventh month, the people gather together in Jerusalem. The high priest Jeshua, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and the priests set up an altar to God on the ruined foundations of the temple and make offerings day and night. The people observe the “festival of booths” and make the various kinds of burnt offerings required by God’s laws from the time of Moses. They also hire carpenters and masons to rebuild the temple’s foundation, and buy cedar wood from the Sidonians and Tyrians with the authorization of King Cyrus. In the second month of the second year after their arrival, Jeshua and Zerubbabel lead the people in laying the new temple foundations. They appoint the Levites to oversee the work. When the builders lay the foundations, the priests blow trumpets and the Levites play cymbals. Then they sing psalms composed by King David, praising God’s goodness and steadfast love. The people shout with joy when the temple foundations are laid. But many of the elderly priests, Levites, and heads of families who remember the first temple weep aloud at the same time. The people can’t distinguish the weeping from the joyful shout, and all the noise from the celebration can be heard far away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.