The Exiles Return (Ezra 1-3)
Sunday with your kids
Lesson summary: God moves in the hearts of men to rebuild the temple and accomplish His purpose.
In our bible story we learned:
1. The exiles return after seventy years of captivity.
2. The altar is rebuilt.
3. The rebuilding of the temple begins.
Follow up questions!
Why did the young men rejoice when the temple foundation was finished? (They rejoiced because they could build the walls and have a temple again. The temple was where the presence of God lived on earth.)
Why did the older men cry? (The older men remembered Solomon’s temple and knew the new temple would not be as large or as beautiful, so they were sad.)
What made the temple more special than any other building? (God’s presence living in the temple is what makes it special. It wasn’t just a building; it was where God came down to be with his people.)
What would have cheered the older men up? (If the older men had known one day Jesus, God’s Son, was going to come down to their temple and live and teach there, they would have been very excited.)
Where is Jesus?
How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?
Read Ezra 3:8-13.
Even though the new temple was not as big and beautiful as the original, something very special would one day happen there. Jesus would visit this rebuilt temple; he would walk across the very foundation they were laying. The older men had good reason to be sad, but if they had only known that Jesus would teach and heal in the rebuilt temple, they would have rejoiced instead of cried.
Jesus is the new temple. When we become Christians we become a part of Christ’s body, the church—we become a part of the new temple (1 Corinthians 3:16–17). God’s new, most glorious temple is not man-made but God-made. The same presence of God that filled Solomon’s temple fills the heart of every Christian.
Family Discipleship - "Time" in the Home
We are on week 76 which starts on page 513 in the Long Story Short devotional. Take a peek below to catch a glimpse of what is in store for family discipleship this week.
Day 1: God keeps his promises
Day 2: God is our protector
Day 3: Jesus would one day walk on this temple’s foundation
Day 4: God is our strength
Day 5: We are Christ’s body and a part of God’s temple
Pray about it! Thank God for his strength and promise to trust in God when you are afraid.
Check out the highlighted portion on the bookmark below to see what we will recite in our Gathering Sunday, February 3rd.