This morning I’m beginning a new series entitled “Rebuilding Your Broken World.” The world in which we live is broken by sin. The world that is your life and my life is broken by all kinds of suffering and weakness. This morning I have a burden for those of you whose world is broken by illness … either your illness or the illness of a loved one. If that is your situation would you stand? I’d like to pray for you this morning as I begin.
Let’s open our Bibles together to the Old Testament book of Ezra. We’re going to spend the next few weeks learning from some of God’s people long ago about rebuilding our broken world. As you are turning I’ll just remind you that our new West Building is nearly finished. Sunday, November 3 is Harvest Day. We will have a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:40am. On that day we are also asking the church to come prepared to give an extra generous offering that will go toward our budget and for Lasting Legacy, our building program. Now let’s read Ezra 1:1-5.
Now just take the pages of your Bible in your fingers, starting with Ezra 1 and going into the next book Nehemiah 13. What happens over the span of these pages in your Bible is one of the greatest revivals in the history of God’s people. It looked like they were down and out … lost for good … and no longer good for anything. But God has plans to rebuild their broken world.
Specifically, what is broken is the city of Jerusalem and the Temple of Almighty God inside Jerusalem. For seventy years or so the city that was supposed to represent the Name of God, the Glory of God and the People of God as a witness to the nations was now in utter ruin … broken in just about every way you could imagine.