The work of rebuilding is done and pastor Ezra gets up and gives an expository sermon that seems to last all day long. Reading the text and explaining it. The Scriptures are so important that the people stand to their feet when it is opened and fall to their face in worship. The dedication service is a huge event and it signifies the return of God’s people, not only to the temple and city, but to the true worship of the God of their ancestors.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.