A phrase in Ezra 3:8 has caught my attention … “ALL they that were come out of the captivity.”
Here are those words again, in their context, in their proper verse setting. “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 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.” Look at the cooperation here!
“All,” in Hebrew “kol,” meaning “the whole” of a group, no exceptions!
This scenario reminds me of a situation in the Book of Nehemiah (chapter 3) … when 42 different work groups labored so harmoniously to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Just a few years later than our Text today, in fact.
“All that were come out of the captivity … set forward the work of the House of the Lord!”
Wouldn’t it be great if our local Church families worked that well (in unity) next year, this fresh year I mean. (I am writing this particular lesson Monday morning, January 1st, 2018.)
And our families lived in such peace the next year as well?
That we would all (who believe in Jesus our Lord and Saviour) would seek to serve His Cause, without “murmurings and disputings?”
That the GOAL would be (in our hearts) GREATER than our lesser personal differences!!!
The Goal of magnifying Christ!
— Dr. Mike Bagwell