The time of the restitution and the fulfillment of the plan of God would undergo certain changes and reconfirmation of faith the Jewish people. The proven time of their faithful and commitment would bring new challenges. God’s purpose for the Jews return has been tested through the trial and testing of continued and faithful worship in spite of the overflowing odds that stood against God’s covenant. The restoration would consist of the reasoning of God’s restoration, prophet’s tasks, prophetic interpretations and Christian applications.
What was God’s Purpose in Bringing the Jews back to Judah?
From the time of Judah’s exile God had a plan of restoration and His purpose was to restore the kingdom of David and to preserve the lineage of the coming messiah Jesus Christ. This He promised in His word through the prophet Micah we find these words. “ But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will rule over Israel, whose origin are from of old, from ancient times (Micah 5:2-NIV). As we take a look in the past and reflect on the wilderness with Moses, God has always had a way to weed out the bad seeds and encourage and strengthen the faithful God raised prophets in exile that would not bow to the pagan God nor subject themselves to the foreign worship of Baal this was the events of encouragement to the faint of heart and weak spirits of the Jews. God is a jealous God and he states that “Thou shall have no other God before me”. For this purpose of restoring His people is to Him worship and praise, in the land which He had promised them and their forefathers and to reestablish His covenant with His people
What tasks were the most Important and Why?
After the exile there were major reconstruction tasks to undertake both natural and spiritual. We find a most important task was the construction of the temple and implementation the continuing of one God to worship, this would be important in maintaining the keeping the covenant. (Haggai 1:4-6-NIV).This was to take priority over any self-indulgence such as building their own homes. Putting the work of God first would strengthen the faith and give proof of a form of true worship. It would not give and good spiritual investment if the Jews continued to live in houses made of cedar while the ark yet remained within the tabernacle now was the time that what Moses had said to come to past.(1 Chron.17:1). After the temple was constructed the Jews would need to protect their investment by building a retaining wall to act as a barricade of protection against those of undesirable influences and impending wars. (Nehemiah1-7-NIV)There was an importance in re constructing the broken lives of the people. It was important that the people be reacquainted with God’s Laws .Nehemiah’s task was together the people together so that they could hear Ezra read God’s laws. This brought them to repentance and a renewed promise to obey God...