Missional Realignment – Part 4

“MISSIONAL REALIGNMENT – Pt. 4”

INTRO: Sometimes we need a life reset to clear some of life’s clutter and realign our life around our God-given mission. This is what God’s people did in the book of Ezra.

Chapter 1 – the first group of Jews leave Babylonian captivity and go to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.

Chapter 2 – a list of the Jewish captives who returned.

Chapter 3 – they worship when they get to Jerusalem.

Chapter 4 – as they begin building the walls, opposition comes against them and the work is temporarily stopped.

I. THE REBUILDING RESUMES (5:1-2).

  1. The ministry of the prophets led to the work resuming.
    1. The church & world need true prophetic ministry.

II. MORE OPPOSITION IS FACED (5:3-17).

  1. The local authorities questioned them (5:3).
    1. We will face opposition as we serve and obey God.
    2. Are you facing opposition? How are you handling it?
  2. God was with them, so the work continued (v. 4-5).
  3. Tattenai’s letter to Darius king of Persia (5:6-17):
    1. Review of their progress & questioned them (vv. 8-10).
    2. The Jew’s answer: Cyrus decreed it (vv. 11-16):
    3. “Darius, see if it’s true and let us know” (v. 17).

III. THE DECREE OF DARIUS (6:1-13).

  1. King Darius found Cyrus’ decree (6:1-2).
  2. It was just as the Jews said (6:3-5; chapter 1).
  3. King Darius’ response to governor Tattenai (6:6-13):
    1. Leave them alone and pay for it, which he did.

IV. THE TEMPLE COMPLETED & DEDICATED (6:14-18).

  1. They finished the temple (v. 14; 1Cor. 15:58; Gal. 6:9)!
  2. They dedicated the temple (vv. 15-18).

V. WORSHIP IN THE TEMPLE IS RESTORED (6:19-22).

  1. They kept the Passover (vv. 19-20).
  2. They purified themselves in order to seek God (v. 21).
  3. They kept the feast of Unleavened Bread (v. 22a).
  4. God turned the king’s heart towards them (v. 22b).

CONCLUSION: Worship – even for the little things!