Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Welcome to Day 276 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
The people rebuilt the altar, resumed the sacrifices (3:1–6), and then rebuilt the temple itself (3:7–6:22). Spurred on by the prophets Haggai and Zechariah (5:1–2) and blessed by God (5:5), they succeed in spite of opposition from the peoples around them (chapter 4) and the governor of “the province Beyond the River,” (5:3–6:12). RSB
Darius affirms Cyrus’ decree…
12 “May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem.”
19 “On the fourteenth day of the first month, the exiles celebrated the Passover.”
Psalms 138:2, “I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name.”
Luke 16:14, “The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.”
They sure kept good records!
Ezra 3:3 states that “Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and evening sacrifices.” Then, in Ezra 4, King Artaxerxes issued a stop-work order until the matter could be sorted out. King Darius discovered that former King Cyrus had actually issued a decree that the temple could be rebuilt, so the work continued.
I love that they didn’t wait to offer sacrifices until the temple was finished. They built an altar right on the foundation, offered sacrifices, then built the temple around it.
That’s keeping first things first…
Worship should take priority over a building. A building is not necessary to worship, but in the proper time, a building is a good thing. But a building is just a building. But they are way down the list of what’s really important.
And God was pretty specific as to the dimensions and details of the temple. Same with the Tabernacle of Moses. But David got it and instituted worship 24/7 for years and years.
This is a great reminder as our church is headed into a worship conference.
First things first.
Oh that I would worship the Lord my God, and serve Him only…