THEME: JERUSALEM TEMPLE
Also let the gold and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple which is in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and taken back to the temple which is in Jerusalem, each to its place; and deposit them in the house of God”
-God commanded Cyrus king of Persia to rebuild the Jerusalem temple after he overthrew Babylonia in 539 BC. The king enjoined able men to participate in the construction; among them was Nehemiah. He also implored all people to willingly contribute silver, gold, livestock and offerings to the house of the Lord. Other such articles that were taken away by king Nebuchadnezzar were restored and taken back to the temple. Despite these efforts, various factions opposed the reconstruction of the Jerusalem temple and it’s walls including:- Rehum the commander and Shimshai the scribe, wrote a letter to King Artaxerxes citing non-compliance to payment of taxes, tribute and custom once the city and walls were completed. Amid opposition, Zerubbabel and Nehemiah led the captives in reconstruction of the temple and its walls. Ezra then led the people in restoration of worship in the temple. Through our praises and exhortations, gifts and offerings, tithes, and the first-fruit of our increase do we offer our thanksgiving to God. We are also called to offer our bodies as pleasing sacrifices to God; for our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit.
We give thanks to You Lord for You are good and Your mercies endures forever. We sing a new song to You Lord and declare Your glory among the nations and tell of Your wonderful deeds in all the earth. Cleanse us Jesus from all our sins by Your precious blood and renew our minds so that we may always offer our bodies as pleasing sacrifices to You. Restore us gracious God; physically, emotionally, socially, economically, financially and spiritually, and guide us to worship You in spirit and in truth. Restore also all the broken marriages loving Father for what You have put together; no man can separate. Direct us Lord when we give our gifts, tithes, offerings and the increase of our first-fruit that it may be pleasing to You. By Your mercy Father; we will dwell in Your house all the days of our lives; for Your love for us endures forever. Amen
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