Rebuilding The Temple (Ezra 3:7 – 13)

Scripture Text:

(click to open in a new window or tab)

Ezra 3:7 – 13

1. Have you ever laughed so hard you cried? Or cried at first but ended up laughing? When?

2. What for you were the good ol’ days? Why?

3. What did it take to lay the foundation for this new temple (verses 7 – 9)?

4. Read 1 Kings 5:1 – 6:1 to see what went into building Solomon’s temple the first time. What parallels do you find? Why does Ezra pointedly accent such parallels (see chapter 3:2)? What does this say about second chances?

5. Why would some who knew the former temple cry while others shout aloud for joy?

6. Ezra has the temple rebuilt on Solomon’s original foundations. What is the lesson for you in this?

7. What cornerstone ceremony has helped you celebrate new beginnings (for instance: in your marriage, in your work, your retirement, your life with God)?

8. Ezra waited for the second year post-exile before doing what he wanted. How patient are you (with self, God, others) when waiting for a new beginning?



You Are Invited to Leave a Comment...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.