Second Temple Essay

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The rebuilding of the Jews Second Temple inspired by God through Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah during the Persian period (as a consequence of the destruction of the First Temple by the Babylonian empire), starting in 537 B.C. finishing with his destruction in A.D. 70; marked the beginning of Israel return after 70 years of exile to Jerusalem. Meanwhile, a few years before, the Israelites wandered through the wilderness for 40 years after being free from 400 years of slavery by God. He instructed Moises “the leader” to build a Tabernacle for Him to serve as a house of worship in order to dwell among them. The Tabernacle itself ends up being a clear prefigure of Jesus Christ and man 's contact with God. As a remembrance, Jesus said: “I am the …show more content…
This statement made by Jesus is a clear allusion to the foreshadowing of the Lamb through the Tabernacle, in which God also provided a visual proof, since the beginning of creation. With this in mind in the book of Genesis, God sacrificed a lamb, providing a temporary covering for Adam and Eve. In other words, this act served as a lesson learned to look forward to the Messiah coming; the Lamb who will take away the sin of the world eternally, restoring the relationship with our heavenly Father. Therefore, the purpose of this research paper is to provide a clear purpose, occasion, and provenance history of the Second Temple, to include its application from the book of Ezra and Nehemiah, and ending with its destruction; especially, how the foreshadow of the Second Temple affected the Jews prefiguring pointing out to Christ; and how certain history key players impacted the first-century world of the Jews and Christians, with their expectation of the coming of the …show more content…
This journey from Babylonia to Jerusalem took at least 4 months (530 direct miles) in the road, despite the dangerous of the trip, “because of robbers and marauding groups,” God provided protection for them. After their arrival, the first thing they started to work with was the restoration of the Altar; erected in the seventh month after their arrival. In spite of being afraid from the surrounding towns, Zerubbabel “offered a burnt offering as it is written in the law of the Moises man of God” (Ezra 3:2). This first group worked hard as one team helping each other out with financial means, food, and duties. However, the enemy is always looking for a way to bring discouragement, doubts, confusion, skepticism, and tension among God’s people. As a result, King Artaxerxes I stopped all works on the temple for 16 years; giving the impression as if the enemy had won in stopping God 's plan. Sadly, this is very common in most Christian lives, although, this may be true humanly speaking. Nevertheless, it’s important to realize, that without a real relationship with God is a waste of time trying to edify the house of the Lord. However, this is not the case for Zerubbabel and this first group of Jews. Although, Jerusalem represented a big threat for the surrounding nations due to their powerful background history; unity and love for the Lord, allowed God’s favor in their lives. It’s equally important to note that,

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