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