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Old Tears And New Songs

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | November 2, 1975

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After 70 years in captivity, the Israelites returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. In telling this story, Ezra shows us the various ingredients that make up life. Pastor Wiersbe explains what they are and what they mean.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

In 606 BC the Babylonian army invaded and captured Judah.

In 586 BC the Babylonians destroyed the temple in Jerusalem.

After the prophesied 70 years in captivity, in 536 BC, almost 50,000 people returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.

Ezra 3 gives us the ingredients that make up life.

Four ingredients that make up our lives as God’s people:

  • Life is made up of youth and age.
    • In Ezra’s time, the older men had seen the original temple, but the younger generation had only heard about it.
    • The new temple involved both the old and the young.
    • The Israelites gathered, worked, and sang together.
    • Both youth and age need each other.
    • We need the wisdom and experience of age as well as the enthusiasm and courage of youth.
  • Life is made up of tearing down and building
    • Solomon built the temple as God instructed, but then the people sinned and it was torn down.
    • Sin always tears down, and God’s Word builds up.
    • With each new generation we conserve, criticize, and create.
  • Life is made up of joys and sorrows.
    • Young people remind older people not to weep over the past.
    • Haggai encouraged the people to rebuild the temple even though it wouldn’t be the same.
  • Life is made up of beginnings and endings.
    • The Israelites did everything in rebuilding the temple according to the Word of God.
    • In life there are many beginnings and endings.

Life on Earth has both songs and tears. In heaven it is all joy. Hell has only weeping.

Those who are building their life with God don’t mind a few sorrows because we are going to a place where there are no tears.

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