“Those that are wounded by the convictions of the word will be healed and bound up by its consolations.” Matthew Henry
- THE DETAILS OF THE MESSAGE, VERSES 3-9.
As we read in Ezra 3:8-13 where the older generation was not happy with the new temple. The old people wept as the young rejoiced over the new temple. The old people remembered the beauty of the old as they recalled:
- The brasen altar made of brass, for the sacrifice of animals and is a shadow (picture) Calvary and our salvation.
- The laver was for cleansing: a great brass bowl for the Priests to wash their hand and feet. This was a shadow of cleansing by the blood of Jesus Christ for daily cleansing.
- The table of shewbread made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold, with twelve loaves of bread and is a shadow of our daily sustenance.
- The candlestick on the south side of the Holy place, and was made of pure gold. It was fed with olive oil and is a shadow of the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
- The altar of incense was in front of the veil. The incense was to burn morning and evening and is a shadow of perpetual prayer and sonship as well as fellowship with Christ.
- Then on to the veil in the Holy of Holies. The Ark and Mercy Seat a shadow of the very presence of God Himself.
It was hard for them to take the fact that the Tabernacle was destroyed. Sin and apostasy had come and the temple was destroyed. They had gone into bondage for seven years and then came back to rebuild the Temple.
Zechariah and Haggai challenged them to get back to building God’s House.
The new was not as good as the old in their minds. They wept about it. They felt that it was a shack compared to the Temple of Solomon built for five billion dollars.
But wait a minute: the sacrifices were the same and the old were no better than the new; the water in the Laver was still good for cleansing; the table of shewbread still offered the bread for sustenance; the lamps of oil still gave the light and power it once had; the incense still had the same fragrance and sweetness and the Shekinah Glory was just as Holy and His presence just as real as in the old.