Dedication, House of God, Celebration, Joy

Then the people of Israel–the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles–celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy (Ezra 6:16 NIV).

The Book of Ezra speaks of the group of people who returned to Jerusalem from exile in Babylon. They found the land in ruins. But they were most sad that the temple of God was destroyed and now lay in ruins. Are we concerned with such concern about the Church of God–the body of Jesus Christ?

Now the small group who returned; with a united and joyful heart began rebuilding the temple of God. And as with any true work for God’s glory, this great work was opposed by enemies. But they could only delay the work. God was with His children and they were enabled to complete building the temple of God.

And then the people celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy. We have to understand that any accomplishment for God’s glory is to be appropriately accompanied by joy. It best describes the fellowship we have with God.

These people were enabled by God to rebuild the temple. They had contributed willingly and sacrificially to the building of the same. God had destroyed the plans of the enemies who opposed the building of the temple. They had accomplished this with a united heart. These were great reasons for joy.

Let us also examine our hearts at such historic moments in the life of our families and churches, and find out the reasons for our joy; and be full of joy!