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First, ask God to see something you can apply to your life.
Then, read Ezra 3.
Then, write down something you can apply to your life.
Then, read what I wrote:
- Historical — The religious leader (Joshua) and political leader (Zerubbabel) lead the 50,000 captives who recently moved back to Judah from exile to start rebuilding their worship of God: first by sacrificing to God daily, then by laying the foundation of the second Temple.
- Doctrinal — Reading this story reminds me that God wants us to celebrate victories with all our heart and being, recognizing God as the true source of the progress in our lives.
- Inspirational — The greatest moments in our lives happen because we follow God in spite of our fears (e.g. starting to follow Jesus fully, sharing Jesus with a friend, giving a tithe of your income to God through your local church, etc.): “Even though the people were afraid of the local residents, they rebuilt the altar at its old site. Then they began to sacrifice burnt offerings on the altar to the LORD each morning and evening.” (From verse 3).