Ezra 3:11-13 records the reaction of the people when they succeeded in rebuilding the foundation of the temple that had been destroyed by the Babylonians. God had allowed them to be deported to Babylon for 70 years to refine them and cause them to give up idolatry that had plagued them for generations. Their reaction is genuine and heartfelt. “ And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord,
“For he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.”
And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy, 13 so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted with a great shout, and the sound was heard far away.” The weeping was joyous but also many lamented the glory of Temple Solomon had built that was gone.
These verses about their rejoicing over the temple’s foundation reminded me of the foundation we have in Jesus, the cornerstone of our faith. 1 Peter 2:4-6 describes Jesus: “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
Our faith in Jesus places us in ‘God’s building’, His spiritual house, that has a firm foundation in Jesus. You cannot build a building without a firm foundation likewise, faith without Jesus at its base will crumble, fall and be meaningless.
Think about your foundation of faith today. Soon you will be rejoicing over your foundation, Jesus, and praising and singing thanks to Him!