by Stan Coffey

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Young Men Shouted - Old Men Wept (10 of 12)
Series: Bible Giants
Stan Coffey

Today, we are introduced to the people of Israel who came back from the land of bondage. They came back to the land of Israel and they had a mountain to climb. They had to rebuild the walls of the city. They had to rebuild the gates and they had to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem. So, they had a tremendous mountain to climb.

In the text today, you see the foundation of the temple laid. As we study Ezra, we find that Ezra represents true revival, the true moving of God.

Ezra 3:10-13 - When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David king of Israel.

(11) With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: "He is good; his love to Israel endures forever." And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

(12) But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy.

(13) No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.

Because of Israel's refusal to abandon their idols and to return to the true and the living God, God allowed King Nebucanezzar of Babylon to come and take them into captivity. He came in 605 BC and carried many of the Jewish people away into the land of Babylon.

They continued to rebel against the king of Babylon, so Nebucanezzar returned in 586 BC, then he destroyed Jerusalem, he razed it to the ground. He also destroyed the temple of God, the temple built by Solomon, until there was not one stone left upon the other.

He took all the treasures of th ...

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