Ezra Chapter 3

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Ezra 3

1 And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem.

2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.

3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord, even burnt offerings morning and evening.

4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required;

5 And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the Lord that were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill offering unto the Lord.

6 From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the Lord. But the foundation of the temple of the Lord was not yet laid.

7 They gave money also unto the masons, and to the carpenters; and meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of Joppa, according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia.

8 Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of the Lord.

9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, together, to set forward the workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their sons and their brethren the Levites.

10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.

11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:

13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.

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30 thoughts on “Ezra Chapter 3

  1. 10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.

    11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

    12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:

    13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.

    Praise the LORD!

  2. Verses 12-13 CEV says “Many of the older priests and Levites and the heads of families cried aloud because they remembered seeing the first temple years before. But others were so happy that they celebrated with joyful shouts. Their shouting and crying were so noisy that it all sounded alike and could be heard a long way off.” This reminded me of my Daddy’s response when he came for our opening celebration back in May. I watched him as he just cried and said “Look what the Lord has done….it’s beautiful”. We can never forget the journey and never lose our joy (whether in tears or shouts) as we celebrate the King of Kings who brought us through.

  3. WE THE PEOPLE

    1 And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem.

    The PEOPLE gathered themselves together. In uncertain times of life it is imperative that WE THE PEOPLE possess the willingness and desire to “GATHER ourselves together”.

    The PEOPLE made the choice to lay aside differences, forgive debts, and unify for the greater purpose of the Kingdom. May JESUS help us to become ONE with CHRIST and his BODY (The Church).

    JESUS help us to GROW relationship.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  4. 3 In early autumn, when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled in Jerusalem with a unified purpose. (NLT)

    They assembled with a UNIFIED purpose; time o assemble everyone!

  5. 0 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.

    11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

    12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:

    We are laying. Foundation right now and ever one is going to see get ready for revival

  6. iLove to Grow in the Word
    Ezr 3:1 In early autumn, when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled in Jerusalem with a unified purpose. Ezra 3:2 NLT Then Jeshua son of Jehozadak joined his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel with his family in rebuilding the altar of the God of Israel. They wanted to sacrifice burnt offerings on it, as instructed in the Law of Moses, the man of God.

    Unity overcomes fear. The people unified together and accomplished the will of the Lord. This is an amazing feat that the Children of Israel pulled off immediately released from exile. If God be for us who can be against us.

  7. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:

    13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.

    I am reminded of Psalms 100 when I read this scripture.

    “1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

    2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

    3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

    4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

    5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

    Be glad, thankful, and joyful at all times! There will be seasons for other things but don’t forget about joy!

  8. 11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

    We don’t need a reason to praise and thank the Lord but just alone because He is GOOD!!!!! Words can’t explain Lord how much I love you and how grateful I am to know you!!!! Grateful to know my father that created me, my rock, my strength, my everything!!!! I will praise you and glorify your name Lord for the rest of my life!!!!!!

  9. Ezra 3:10 when the builders laid the foundation of the Temple of the Lord the priests in their vestments and with their trumpets and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals took their place to praise the Lord as prescribed by King David of Israel. With praise and thanksgiving they sing to the Lord. He is good his love toward Israel endures forever. And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord because of the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads who had seen the former temple wept aloud and when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of Joy from the sounds of weeping because the people make so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.

  10. “With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the LORD: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the LORD because the foundation of the LORD’s Temple had been laid.”
    ‭‭Ezra‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  11. Ezra 3:12 (NLT)
    12 But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy.

    The first time

    The elders wept seeing the new temple. It wasn’t tears of joy but regret. The splendor of Solomon’s temple was incomparable. They remembered every luxurious detail.

    Now the new temple was built without the extravagance. How they could have prevented this from happening? By serving God and never turning to idols.

    If you do it right the first time there is no need to try again. Backsliding is never worth it.

  12. Ezra 3:1, “AND when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem.”

    “They gathered themselves together as one man” – they were UNIFIED.

    Ps. 133:1, “BEHOLD, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

  13. 3 Even though the people were afraid of the local residents, they rebuilt the altar at its old site. Then they began to sacrifice burnt offerings on the altar to the Lord each morning and evening.

    The devil thinks he can scare us out doing something for the Lord, he can think again because we sereve the one true God that defeated him! When we do anything in unity we can do all because God is on our side! All we have to worry about is how else we can praise God even more for all He has done! What a mighty God we serve!

  14. 10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.

    11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

    Look at the miracle that God have his people who were willing to work and serve. Also note the beautiful unity that it brought by getting everyone in unity and worshipping and praying together!

  15. 3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord, even burnt offerings morning and evening.
    4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required;

    The people felt intimidation and fear from the people of the lands around them, yet remembered that the Lord was always there help in times of trouble when they lived for him. Regardless of our past mistakes and failures, we too can turn back to God and He will help us rebuild the house…our house. Beauty doesn’t impress God, but a humble and contrite spirit does! Turn back, clean your temple and he will enter in.

  16. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:

    It brings great pleasure in the spiritual realm and naturally when people restore spiritual things in their lives. When they go back and build again the foundation because they walked away, or just let it slip with the busyness of life. to recognize their fault/mistake and build the foundation again will give them sure footing for growing in God.

  17. Praise him for your foundation.

    10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.

  18. sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

    12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:

    13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.

    “Shout it! Go on and scream it from the mountains go on tell it to the masses that He is God!”
    He has done so much for us and I can picture this men shouting for joy and weeping because the Lord had brought them back and they rebuilt the temple. A heart of gratitude cannot be contained for great are things the Lord our God Jesus has done for us.

  19. vss.68-69. Some of the heads of the father’s houses, when they came to the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem, offered freely for the house of God, to erect it in its place:
    According to their ability, they have to the treasury for the work sixty- one thousand gold drachmas, five thousand minas of silver, and one hundred priestly garments.

    They gave freely with a right attitude so their giving will benefit them.
    For GOD examined our motive HE sees our heart, and HE LOVES a cheerful giver that gives from his heart. HE will judge our gift according to our ability and not according to the amount of the gift.

  20. 11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

    This thanksgiving season, remember to give thanks to the one the deserves it the most. Jesus is the reason for every season and every day, because he truly is good and without his mercy, we would be lost. But thank God he wants us to be his children!

  21. 3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord, even burnt offerings morning and evening.
    Do not let fear destroy the work that God has called you to.

  22. “And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord, even burnt offerings morning and evening.” The word of God (Jesus) identified their fear. One that has never experienced or witnessed fear such as this, will never truly appreciate one’s own freedom. Dear God, help us to comprehend and be appreciative of salvation first and freedom second. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  23. “From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the Lord. But the foundation of the temple of the Lord was not yet laid.” The key here is that they gave offerings unto the Lord. They were well aware that everything was possible because of the Lord. God let us never forget that you are the reason and the way, in Jesus name.

  24. 11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

    God is good! He continual shows His kindness and provisions in many ways. I give thanks unto God , He knows all things. I will forever praise Him.

  25. “They sang [responsively], praising and giving thanks to the LORD, saying, “For He is good, for His lovingkindness (mercy) toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the LORD because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.”
    ‭‭EZRA‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    What joy and excitement to have the opportunity to rebuild the temple.

  26. 11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

    I remember when we broke ground at POFW. We gathered together and sang praises, the anticipation was so high. We all wondered what it would be like to finally see the building complete. When the foundation was finally laid, knowing the bibles of those great men are in the foundation, we knew them the amazing things was gonna bring forth. When the foundation was laid it all became even that much more real to us. So I understand what the people felt at this stage of the process, and what an amazing feeling to see your dreams come true before your eyes.

  27. 1In early autumn,a when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled in Jerusalem with a unified purpose.

    We too should always be unified as a church. As one team we are stronger and complete.

  28. 13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.

    Sunday night there was a lady that came into the building late. She was driving by and felt the need to turn in, get out and come into the building. Could she hear us? Was the glory of God so powerful that when people rive by they cannot help but feel attracted to Him? I did not get all the details of this lady’s reasoning to visit us but I believe we all played a part in her getting what she needed from God.

  29. 3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord, even burnt offerings morning and evening.

    4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required;

    5 And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the Lord that were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill offering unto the Lord.

    6 From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the Lord. But the foundation of the temple of the Lord was not yet laid.

    The was a altar before there was a temple. Let us understand that before we can call our lives and homes the “temple” or house of the Lord we must first be willing to build a alter.

    There must first be a place for the Lord to meet us and our sacrifice before He will be willing to dwell there. Let us learn to pray and in out prayers we will learn to daily invite him into our lives and watch Him become the center of our lives, homes, and church.

    A praying church is a Growing church!

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