Restoration requires faithfulness…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Ezra 2:1-42

The temple servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth,  the sons of Keros, the sons of Siaha, the sons of Padon,  the sons of Lebanah, the sons of Hagabah, the sons of Akkub,  the sons of Hagab, the sons of Shamlai, the sons of Hanan,  the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, the sons of Reaiah, the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda, the sons of Gazzam,  the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah, the sons of Besai, the sons of Asnah, the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephisim,  the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur,  the sons of Bazluth, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha, the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Temah,  the sons of Neziah, and the sons of Hatipha.

The sons of Solomon’s servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Hassophereth, the sons of Peruda,  the sons of Jaalah, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,  the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, and the sons of Ami.  All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon’s servants were 392.

The following were those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer, though they could not prove their fathers’ houses or their descent, whether they belonged to Israel:  the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, and the sons of Nekoda, 652.   Also, of the sons of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, and the sons of Barzillai (who had taken a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name). These sought their registration among those enrolled in the genealogies, but they were not found there, and so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. The governor told them that they were not to partake of the most holy food, until there should be a priest to consult Urim and Thummim.

The whole assembly together was 42,360, besides their male and female servants, of whom there were 7,337, and they had 200 male and female singers. Their horses were 736, their mules were 245, their camels were 435, and their donkeys were 6,720.

Some of the heads of families, when they came to the house of the LORD that is in Jerusalem, made freewill offerings for the house of God, to erect it on its site. According to their ability they gave to the treasury of the work 61,000 darics of gold, 5,000 minas of silver, and 100 priests’ garments.

Now the priests, the Levites, some of the people, the singers, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants lived in their towns, and all the rest of Israel in their towns.

And so an accounting and record has been kept of the return of God’s people all-inclusive of families, gifts, livestock and where they lived.  All can be researched.  We ask often for verification and God provides such.  What record will be kept of us for future generations?  God was faithful to bring them back.  May he do the same for our nation and bring back a respect for life and His work in our lives.

We are the bride of Christ, the body of the church. It rests with us to be active in carrying out the restoration just as the hands and feet of the people of Israel were used to actively restore the temple of God.  As they were faithful to the commission to restore, God was faithful to grant grace and favor.  So too with us, as we are faithful to that which the Spirit places in our hearts, God is faithful to grant grace and favor.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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