“And [the builders, priests and Levites] sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD, ‘For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever 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” (Ezra 3:11).
Rebuilding the temple, the house of the Lord, began with laying the foundation. Once the foundation was laid, there was a great celebration as the once-exiled people sang praise and thanks to the Lord. The nation of Israel was on the path to complete restoration, a testimony of God’s faithfulness to His promises. Israel believed this was the temple for all generations; but like the one before it, this temple would not survive. Five hundred and eighty six years after its dedication, the temple was destroyed again, never to be rebuilt.
By then, a new foundation had been laid in Messiah Jesus. In Him a temple for God would be built that no one could destroy. Messiah is the cornerstone, God’s holy Word is the foundation, and you and I—believers in Messiah—are the stones for the temple walls. When this temple is finished, we will sing praise and thanks to the Lord without ceasing!
Prayer: I praise and thank You, Lord, for making me Your temple, a house for Your Spirit. Use me to build Your kingdom, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
As We Wait: Memorize this promise today: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).