Let’s read Ezra 2, 3, and 4:1-5. Next just a few more verses: 1 Chronicle 3:19-24. Come on back and let’s visit!
Once the Jews are released from their captivity, all problems are not erased. We have to continue moving from faith to faith!
“In the second month of the second year after their arrival at The Temple of God in Jerusalem, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua son of Jozadak, in company with their brother priests and Levites and everyone else who had come back to Jerusalem from captivity, got started…. When the workers laid the foundation of The Temple of God, the priests in their robes stood up with trumpets, and the Levites, sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise God in the tradition of David king of Israel. They sang antiphonally praise and thanksgiving to God:
‘Yes! God is good!
Oh yes—he’ll never quit loving Israel!’ ” (Ezra 3:8, 10 MSG)
Restoration begins on the temple, and resistance against restoration also begins:
“these people started beating down the morale of the people of Judah, harassing them as they built. They even hired propagandists to sap their resolve. They kept this up for about fifteen years” (Ezra 4:4, 5 MSG)
Resistance is to be expected, but so is POWER from the Lord to do the work. Can you imagine fifteen years of resistance? Staying focused on the work at hand is crucial.
Freedom for the Jews meant freedom TO, not only freedom FROM.