We’re Ezra

Building the ‘wall’, don’t back down, finish what you started…amidst ridicule.  The Lord will provide what’s needed.  Our Bible Study a couple weeks ago touched on the rebuilding of the wall, it made me think of working in an environment of unbelievers who don’t know Who you obey and believe in.

Nehemiah 6:15-16 (NIV), “ So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.”

Stellar!  Have you ever felt your’e fighting a losing battle and wonder if your nah-sayers are actually right in condemning you?  That’s what our ‘enemies’ would like you to believe.

Ezra 3:1b (NIV), “the people assembled together as one in Jerusalem. ” vs. 6, “On the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the Lord, though the foundation of the Lord’s temple had not yet been laid.”

Vs. 10-11, “When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David king of Israel. With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord“He is good; His love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.”

Ezra 4:4-5a, “Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. They bribed officials to work against them and frustrate their plans during the entire reign of Cyrus king of Persia and down to the reign of Darius king of Persia.”

Ezra 6:15, “The temple was completed on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.” Vs. 22, “For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.

Unity

Romans 12:5, “so we, being many, are one body in Christ & individually members of one another.”

Romans 11:7-18, “And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, & with them became a partaker of the root & fatness of the olive tree, don’t boast against the branches.  But if you do boast, remember that you don’t support the root, but the root supports you.”

I’m your friend, says Jesus.

Heard that Andy Stanley was talking about how unity should become before doctrine a couple weeks ago and other Pastors were contradicting him.  Let’s focus on what we have in common.  The love of Jesus will permeate the sinners’ heart, not doctrine they can’t comprehend.  Love on them.