Ezra 3 & 4

Nov 15, 2023    Pastor Steve Feden

"Starting Over: Momentum" - Ezra 3-4

In Ezra, chapters 3 and 4, the 50,000 Jewish pioneers have made the 700-900 mile journey back to Israel, and back to their homeland.

We have to appreciate the "pioneering spirit" of these initial Jews. They have left the lives they built in Babylon and, with hopes and dreams, headed back to face the past and build a future. If you want to build a future, you have to face the past.

Where did they start? The former temple, Solomon's, was magnificent. The thought of trying to rebuild that is overwhelming and impossible in the given situation. Biting off more than you can chew is a recipe for.....inactivity! If you can't do the best thing, then why do anything, right? I think people get stuck in that.

Tonight we will talk about starting small and setting manageable goals. Starting over requires getting over inertia. You have to get the momentum going. How did they do it? Where did they start?

Well, that is not the end of the story. Despite early momentum, opposition comes and threatens continued momentum. The lessons in this section, and the lessons in our lives, have many parallels! What are they? You have to...