Zerubbabel – Given God’s Grace To Build The Temple

Daily God Walk for Sunday, September 20, 2009

 Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel and his associates began to build the altar of the God of Israel to sacrifice burnt offerings on it, in accordance with what is written in the Law of Moses the man of God.           – Ezra 3:2

 There were three notables in the era of the Jews returning to Jerusalem. We have already taken a brief look at Ezra, the scholar priest, who was given the responsibility to re-establish the Law of Moses and Jehovah worship. And we have looked at Nehemiah who was called by God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem so that those who were committed to serving the true God could live in safety. Now we take a brief look at Zerubbabel and his work.

Little is known of Zerubbabel except that he was committed to rebuilding the temple of the Lord at Jerusalem. He knew that the Jews needed a physical place where they could connect with their God.

Without the temple there was no point of focus for believers. One reason the people kept falling into idolatry was that idol worship provided a focal point for them. The people needed the temple to remain faithful to the Law that  had restored to them. Zerubbabel was given grace to build the temple.

The need for people to have a focal point for worship has not changed. We still need the temple of the Lord; and we still have the temple of the Lord, but it is different than the old temple. In the old temple there must be a priest who brought their sin offerings before the Lord and offer the blood of animals for atonement, in the new temple the Lord himself is the priest.

Today, there is no longer a physical temple in which the Lord dwells, but he dwells in the heart of every believer. There are no more priests making sacrifice  because Jesus, the high priest of our faith, has made the final sacrifice for sin. Jesus, the high priest, now dwells in his temple; our heart.

God has chosen to make his temple in the hearts of men. We have learned that the law alone will not save us. We have also learned that we must open our hearts to be the temple of the Lord. And finally, we have learned that we must build walls of consecration to keep our faith pure.

 Principle: Jesus is both priest and sacrifice and dwells in the hearts of believers.

 Affirmation: I trust Christ who is in the temple of the Lord – my heart.

 Prayer: Lord, help me keep your temple pure. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 75 – Jeremiah 29-30 – Proverbs 20

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