Ezra Chapter Three part 3, A study of Ezra 3:10 & 11 and Ezra 3:12 & 13 with our Common Man's Commentary and study quiz

Ezra 3:10 & 11

"When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David king of Israel. With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: 'He is good; his love to Israel endures forever.' And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid." NIV translation

The people had a kind of ground-breaking celebration when the foundation was laid. There was singing and praise for what God was doing.

Ezra 3:12 & 13

"But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away." NIV translation

Even as the younger generation was celebrating the work of God, the older folks were weeping and mourning at the loss of what used to be. This mourning was drowning out the celebration and much the same thing can happen in the local churches. Many times the old ways and traditions hold the congregation back from growing and celebrating the work of the Lord.

Ezra Chapter Three Study Quiz