God stirred the heart of King Cyrus Persian King Cyrus proclaims a rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem
Fulfilled prophecy of Jeremiah Jeremiah 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 temple Voluntary offerings The people assemble with a unified purpose
Opposition to the build – Ezra 4 Enemies heard of the rebuild and ask to help – purpose ? – sabotage Agents sent to discourage, frighten, frustrate the people of Judah Work comes to a stop – 4:24 – stopped for about 10 years Haggai and Zechariah prophesy – Ezra 5:1-2 Rebuilding the temple continues
II. Misplaced Priorities Haggai’s prophecy – Haggai 1 People are saying “it’s not time to rebuild” Look what’s happening – consider your ways You are living in luxurious houses My house lies in ruins No blessing – no satisfaction
You are living in luxurious houses My house lies in ruins
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 March 12, during the sixth year of King Darius’s 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 Don’t 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 Spirit Honor God with your body
1 st application – you are God’s temple – either lying in ruins or functioning to manifest the glory of God
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 The Holy Spirit is the source of the spiritual gifts God doing his work in us Gifts given so we can help each other The Holy Spirit gives these gifts as he decides V.27 – All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it
2 nd 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 God’s 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. What’s 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 ways Blessing of obedience Or dissatisfaction of misplaced priorities