(We are posting these ‘small, unforgettable scriptures’ in sections of five each. This is the sixth. The first was posted on February 22, 2015. To find it, go to www.joemckeever.com and scroll back to that date. Scroll forward for subsequent segments. Eventually, we intend to have 20 segments for a total of 100 “scriptural delights.”)
26) No generation gap in our worship. Ezra 3:10-13.
Pastors find such wonderful preaching values (i.e., texts that speak to God’s people) in Ezra and Nehemiah that there is little point in my calling attention to anything. However, here are a couple of small insights that may be overlooked.
The remnant who have returned from exile in Babylon are working to rebuild the Temple which Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed. The work is backbreaking and slow, the resources slim, and the enemies and critics plentiful. So, at the point when they had completed rebuilding the foundation–perhaps nothing more than clearing it off and hosing it down!–they paused for a celebration. This was the holiest ground in the entire nation and now it was available once more for worship.