And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel. Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
Ezra is what is called a restoration prophet. Israel had been in captivity and was released form Babylonian captivity. They went back to Israel and started rebuilding the Temple so they could worship God as was the design. The first thing was to rebuild the foundation of the Lord.
Sometimes Christians can find themselves far from God. The Israelites were held captive in Babylon, not free to worship, not free to express themselves, in other words, slaves to another power which they had no control over nor could they escape.
Babylon is a type of this world with all its cares and demands on us. For one reason or another, we can be separated and not find the nearness to God we once had and enjoyed. We in essence are held captive by this world. When the Israelites were freed from their captivity in Babylon, the first thing they did was send a remnant back to Jerusalem, to the place where God sanctified, and started to rebuild the temple, a symbol and place of worship. They had to start from the foundation up.
When we find ourselves far from God, we must look to see if our foundation in the Lord is still intact. Hebrews 6:1 tells us the “the elementary principles of Christ, the foundation of repentance from dead works and faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of the laying on of hands, of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” When we are far from God, we should evaluate whether the foundation of our faith is still intact. Sometimes we may need to rebuild the foundation of our faith in certain areas. Psalm 11:3 “if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The answer is nothing! No amount of human intervention will get us back on the right track and close to God. We must repent of our straying, remember that we are baptized in Christ’s death, and we are filled with the Holy Spirit which gives us the newness of life.
Lord, I feel I’ve been held captive by the things which are in opposition to a free life in Christ and I need your help. I affirm that I have received your forgiveness and salvation by grace through faith and not from anything I’ve done. I want a good solid house of God in my life built on that firm foundation. Lord I praise You because of that foundation You’ve laid in my life. Blessed be Your Holy Name. AMEN