Ezra 3 – REVIVAL
For about seventy years the temple in Jerusalem laid in ruins.
A group of people came out of exile back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple (Ezra 1-2).
In Chapter 3, the rebuilding of the temple is started.
I believe that this chapter shows us a procedure for revival.
REESTABLISH WORSHIP – Vss. 1-6
Before an effort was made to rebuild the temple, worship was reestablished.
A good way to start revival is through sincere worship of God. Psalm 89:7
Sincere worship will lead to true repentance.
REBUILD THE FOUNDATION – Vss. 7-10a
The foundation needed to be rebuilt.
When we are revived we reaffirm that our life is built on Christ alone. 1 Corinthians 3:11
We repent and return to our “first love”. Revelation 2:4-5
RESPOND APPROPRIATELY – Vss. 10b-13
1. The Response of Sorrow – Vss. 12-13
Some people were sorrowful because of the smaller size of the rebuilt temple.
We should sorrow over sin when God is reviving us. 2 Corinthians 7:10
2. The Response of Joy – Vss. 10b-11
There was joy when the foundation for the temple was relayed.
God was in the center of the praise and joy.
When we experience revival in our lives, we too will praise God and experience His joy. Psalm 85:6