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The Book of Ezra
Chapters 3 and 4
Dr. Harley Howard
1. And when the seventh month was come, and the children of
Israel [were] in the cities, the people gathered themselves together
as one man to Jerusalem.
The first order of business after getting into the land was to rebuild
the community first. They arrived at Sept or October after having
left Babylon in the spring. Among the ruins of their homeland, they
more than likely built tents in which to dwell in. Now they are
gathered together in mass in Jerusalem.
2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the
priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and
builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings
thereon, as [it is] written in the law of Moses the man of God.
Jeshua was high priest and the other priest and Zerubbabel and his
brother, the princes. They all builded an altar to the Lord to offer
burnt offerings. Offerings were needed to make atonement for their
sins as well as to have God's divine blessings on the work they
began to undertake.
Keep this point in the back of your minds as you continue to study
the Old Testament.
That land and that temple with all of the sacrificial system was a
part of their heritage as a nation, and as a people. Many of us do
not or cannot appreciate this as we see the nation of Israel. We
have never seen nor offered up a sacrifice of animals. We have
never seen an high priest, or the ritual of blood or sacrifices given
on behalf of sinning saints.
I believe this is why there is such a great failure of believers to
appreciate the sacrifice of Christ and the great need to study the
sacrifices and to see the significance of all of them. Our ignorance
of the Old Testament sacrificial system is one of the greatest failure
of the church today and explains to a great degree why so many of
us fail to appreciate or relate to the sacrifice of Christ ...
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