Ezra 5:6-12: The temple of God is being rebuilt after being torn down by Nebuchadnezzar. God was angry with His people because they had forgotten Him. They had started to worship foreign gods. Today we forget God and worship movie stars, money, sports legends, and possessions. Sometimes God allows us to be torn down. But when we return to God (remember he is our salvation) then he helps us rebuild. How many times did Israel turn her back on God? Who knows? It occurred frequently. No matter how many times we pull away, Jesus is always waiting to pull us back and help us put it back together. There is only one thing you can do to keep Jesus from pulling you back, Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. What is that? Denying God completely. No matter how far you have strayed, Jesus is waiting to pull you back and help you rebuild your life with Him.
Ezra 5: 6-12:
6 This is a copy of the letter that Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and their associates, the officials of Trans-Euphrates, sent to King Darius. 7 The report they sent him read as follows:
To King Darius:
8 The king should know that we went to the district of Judah, to the temple of the great God. The people are building it with large stones and placing the timbers in the walls. The work is being carried on with diligence and is making rapid progress under their direction.
9 We questioned the elders and asked them, “Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and to finish it?” 10 We also asked them their names, so that we could write down the names of their leaders for your information.
11 This is the answer they gave us:
“We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the temple that was built many years ago, one that a great king of Israel built and finished. 12 But because our ancestors angered the God of heaven, he gave them into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar the Chaldean, king of Babylon, who destroyed this temple and deported the people to Babylon.