The Young Men Shouted While The Ancient Men Wept
Preached 2-2-2020 Text: Ezra 3:10-13
When Cyrus decreed to rebuild the temple, there were still some men alive who remember seeing the Solomon's temple. These may have been taken captive even when Nebuchadnezzar come in the days of Zedekiah and burnt the temple. They were called ancient men because they had to be 70 - 80 years old or more. Because the temple was destroyed some 52 years previous to this if you consider the start of the 70 year captivity to be when Nebuchadnezzar took the first captives in the days of Jehoiachin. When these ancient men saw the foundation of the new temple, they wept. Why did they weep? They wept because the new temple was nothing in comparison to the old. But the younger generation, they shouted for joy. They were all excited. In fact I guarantee you they had no idea why these old men were weeping. So they could not tell the difference between the wailing and weeping and the shouting and rejoicing.
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