OVERVIEW: Nearly 50,000 people returned to Jerusalem to begin the temple building project. Besides the money and materials Cyrus provided, the family leaders gave as well.
BIG IDEA: God brings people together to work, play, worship, and serve one another.
KEY VERSE: Ezra 2:70 (representatives from all of Israel are back in town)
So the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers, the Temple servants, and some of the common people settled in villages near Jerusalem. The rest of the people returned to their own towns throughout Israel.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
There may be times you feel lost, but I always go before you. There may be times you feel alone, but I am still with you. There may be times you feel isolated from family or friends, but I am doing a work in your hearts and theirs. Trust me when things are difficult or out of control. Turn to me when you want to give up. I want to be the one you look to before things get chaotic, but I am always ready to receive you when you seek me.
I am preparing a place for you in heaven that will blow your mind. Honestly, there will be no words. But as long as you are on earth, I have plans for you. I want you to build community wherever you go. I will equip you to help others connect or reconnect or heal or overcome obstacles. I want you to be a person of peace and help others find me and find peace within their homes and communities.
Gather a crowd and find a reason to celebrate or a project to complete.