Devotions for October 24, 2014

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Ezra 6:13-22

13 Tattenai, governor of the province west of the Euphrates River, and Shethar-bozenai and their colleagues complied at once with the command of King Darius. 14 So the Jewish elders continued their work, and they were greatly encouraged by the preaching of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo. The Temple was finally finished, as had been commanded by the God of Israel and decreed by Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes, the kings of Persia. 15 The Temple was completed on March 12, during the sixth year of King Darius’s reign.

16 The Temple of God was then dedicated with great joy by the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the people who had returned from exile. 17 During the dedication ceremony for the Temple of God, 100 young bulls, 200 rams, and 400 male lambs were sacrificed. And 12 male goats were presented as a sin offering for the twelve tribes of Israel. 18 Then the priests and Levites were divided into their various divisions to serve at the Temple of God in Jerusalem, as prescribed in the Book of Moses.

19 On April 21 the returned exiles celebrated Passover. 20 The priests and Levites had purified themselves and were ceremonially clean. So they slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the returned exiles, for their fellow priests, and for themselves. 21 The Passover meal was eaten by the people of Israel who had returned from exile and by the others in the land who had turned from their immoral customs to worship the Lord, the God of Israel. 22 Then they celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days. There was great joy throughout the land because the Lord had caused the king of Assyria to be favorable to them, so that he helped them to rebuild the Temple of God, the God of Israel.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: After the temple dedication in yesterday’s reading, it was destroyed and then rebuilt. Once again, God’s people came and worshipped, but found themselves wandering away from God. Do you expect life to be easy? Do you hope that you can just make it through the day with no challenge? Are you trying to just coast through life with out things going against your plan?

Q: Are you offensive or defensive when it comes to things in your lifetime ? Are you just waiting for things to change, or are you ready to fight for change? Are you waiting for things to clear off your schedule, or are you ready to fight for time? Are you ready to war for your soul, identity, healing, faith, and worship?

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