The Story Finding Your Story in God’s Story “The Return Home”
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The StoryFinding Your Story in Gods Story
The Return Home
Series 2 - God Pursues His PeopleReview Chapter 18
Daniel in Exile
Series 2 - God Pursues His People
I. Return and Rebuild
God stirred the heart of King CyrusPersian King Cyrus proclaims a rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem
Fulfilled prophecy of JeremiahJeremiah 25:12 (NLT) 12 Then, after the seventy years of captivity are over, I will punish the king of Babylon and his people for their sins, says the LORD. I will make the country of the Babylonians a wasteland forever. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) 11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
God stirred the hearts of the leaders to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the templeVoluntary offeringsThe people assemble with a unified purpose
They rebuilt the altar and began to sacrifice
They started to lay the foundation for the temple
Completed foundation praise and worship
Shouts of Joy/Weeping aloudOpposition to the build Ezra 4Enemies heard of the rebuild and ask to help purpose ? sabotageAgents sent to discourage, frighten, frustrate the people of JudahWork comes to a stop 4:24 stopped for about 10 yearsHaggai and Zechariah prophesy Ezra 5:1-2Rebuilding the temple continues
II. Misplaced Priorities Haggais prophecy Haggai 1People are saying its not time to rebuild
Look whats happening consider your waysYou are living in luxurious housesMy house lies in ruinsNo blessing no satisfaction
You are living in luxurious housesMy house lies in ruins
The Lord sparked the enthusiasm of Governor ZerubbabelPriest JeshuaThe whole remnant of Gods peopleRebuild my house then I will be honored
They began the work on the temple
Anyone remember the former temple in its splendor?
This temple must seem like nothingThe future glory will be greater than the past glory
The blessing of obedience
Ezra 6:14-16 (NLT) 14 So the Jewish elders continued their work, and they were greatly encouraged by the preaching of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo. The Temple was finally finished, as had been commanded by the God of Israel and decreed by Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes, the kings of Persia. 15 The Temple was completed on March12, during the sixth year of King Dariuss reign. 16 The Temple of God was then dedicated with great joy by the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the people who had returned from exile. III. Building the Living Temple 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT) 19 Dont you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. Your body is the temple of the Holy SpiritHonor God with your body
1st application you are Gods temple either lying in ruins or functioning to manifest the glory of God1 Corinthians 12:4-11The Holy Spirit is the source of the spiritual giftsGod doing his work in usGifts given so we can help each otherThe Holy Spirit gives these gifts as he decidesV.27 All of you together are Christs body, and each of you is a part of it
2nd application together we are an expression of the glory of God or just a pile of stones
1 Peter 2:4-5 (NLT) 4 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of Gods temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. 5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. Whats more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.
Ephesians 2:20-22 (NLT) 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.
Consider your waysBlessing of obedienceOr dissatisfaction of misplaced priorities