The Rise of the Resistance (Ezra 4)

Ezra 3 ends on such a high note. The people rise up, even though they are afraid, and lay the foundation of the temple. The work is underway. The people are rejoicing. Some are shouting for joy and others are shouting with tears as they experience God in this moment, praising him as God is making it possible to return to him. When you get going with God and get going forward in the work, you would want and hope that it would be smooth sailing. But that is not going to be the case for these people who have sacrificed so much to return to Jerusalem and begin work on building the temple. Instead, we are going to see the rise of the resistance. So in this lesson we are going to talk about resistance to doing the work of the Lord and how we can handle times of resistance…

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