May 27, 2016

Today you should read: Ezra 3

I like to reminisce on special moments from my past. My wife, Serah, could tell you just how nostalgic I am. Plus, my mind is a steel trap when it comes to those past events, whether about sports, school, family, or spiritual monuments. Many of those moments are cause for worship and thankfulness to God. A good number of them will stay with me for a lifetime.

How special do you think this moment was for the builders and laborers? Verse 6 tells us that the foundation of the Temple was not laid, but the rest of the chapter explains that these faithful workers would lay it. Imagine the significance… they had the divine privilege of laying the Temple foundation. You can tell how colossal this is simply by reading to the end of the chapter. Priests and Levites came in to celebrate. People sang. Some even wept! This day could never be forgotten for them.

It’s incredible that Zerubbabel was the one to get to do this work for God and His people. This “job” would help restore proper worship for the people of Israel. It would be a focal point for them concerning their saving God. Zerubbabel is also mentioned in an important New Testament passage: the lineage of Jesus Christ:

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel… (Matthew 1:6-12, ESV)

Pretty neat epitaph for that guy, right? “Laid the foundation for the Temple… oh, and I was also a part of the family foundation of Messiah.”

What are some of your spiritual monuments? What are the unforgettable moments of God’s work in your life? We’d love for you to share.

By: Todd Thomas

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “May 27, 2016”

  1. I’m sure the project was hard work, yet they celebrated throughout. There’s something refreshing about that!

  2. Megin and I had been praying for long time to have a child but nothing was working. I would literally cry out to God to give us the desire of our hearts, but I remember coming to the realization that she probably wasn’t going to become pregnant. God showed me that I had to be willing to give up this desire if it meant our purpose was to become parents through adoption. To this day, I’m amazed how much peace he gave me in that transition time. This was a pivotal point in my faith – giving up my own desires and accepting God’s will and trusting he knew best. I knew at that point I was going to be a father one way or the other. God was faithful in the end.

  3. Awesome commentary today Todd! God laid a new foundation in the life of our family in the fall of 2009 when He began calling us to CPC. After many years at another church God began to stir in our hearts and call us to something else. We desired a church where evangelism & discipleship were the top priority. God has been so faithful and allowed us to grow in our faith as we serve Him at CPC West Campus.

  4. Todd one of the best times of my life was spending 7weeks in NYC starting with the Saturday after 9/11 ministering to street people living 6 nights on the streets myself . When I had money I stayed at the YMCA , when I didnt I stayed on the streets. Many great things happened during those weeks and I wrote all of it down . One of the best things was taking one of the street people named Angel into Times Square Church service . Angel was in a wheel chair and was very scared and it took alot of courage for him to do that, but he trusted me not to leave him . I became very good friends with Angel and he confided in me about his personal life . This was a very special time in my life .

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