About Jesus Steve Sweetman
This Chapter - Chapter 2
Last Of The Exiles Who Returned (ch. 2:1 - 70)
1 and 2 is a short history lesson stating how the Jews were led away to
actually gives numbers to how many people from various families and
groups that made the trip home. There
were slightly under 50,000 people who returned to
41 even mentions that there were 128 singers that returned to
64 and 65 gives exact numbers of Jews, of servants, and of singers, and
others who returned to their homeland.
It’s a little under 50,000 people. St5ill there were millions
of Jews left in Babylon. These 50,000 Jews might be
seen as a remnant who were called by God for a specific purpose.
must have been somewhat of a mathematician since he spends so much time
with numbers. In verse 66 he
even states the number of horses, mules, camels, and donkeys that the
Jews brought with them.
account was clearly written for historical purposes for the Jews to keep
and remember throughout their history.
We know that he was an historian since he also wrote the
66 through 69 gives us some more numbers.
Once the Jews arrived in
you look at the amount of money and good that these Jews gave for the
building of the temple, it
is an extremely impressive amount of money.
It is clear that these people were very dedication and commitment
to the building of the temple.
70 states that the various groups of Jews, the Levites, the singers, and
others all settled in their own towns.
A number of smaller communities of Jews were formed with the
temple as being in the centre of these communities.
In Old Testament days, the temple was the centre of Jewish
activity. All things were to
centre around the temple. The
temple was the focal point to their lives.
New Testament times, we don’t have a temple.
Yes, we have church buildings, but church buildings are not the
replacement for the Old Testament temple.
The church, the Body of Christ is the replacement for the temple.
Therefore as the Old Testament temple was the centre of Jewish
culture and community, so the church, the Body of Christ should be the
centre for Christian culture today, but for the most part it’s not.