When you read Ezra 3, you see the Israelite people rebuilding the Temple and praising the Lord. As they stood before this rebuilt structure, there were two sounds present- shouts of joy and the sound of weeping. Some were shouting and rejoicing while others were crying. Some were joyous because the structure, the Temple of the Lord, was finished. It symbolized God being with them. Others had tear-filled eyes, perhaps remembering what God had done for them in the past—remembering the Temple that was destroyed—remembering the former glory. Perhaps they were weeping at the second chance—the chance to once again have a Temple of the Lord.
Reading of these emotions and of this outpouring of noise as a result got me to consider how noisy we get today. Do we make noise? Do we get emotional? Are we passionate for Jesus? I do not often hear people shouting for joy for what the Lord has done. I also do not hear crying or see tears remembering what God has done for people- whether it is tears of joy or tears from a remembered journey. So many people are quiet today. People are quiet about what Jesus has done for them. People are quiet when there is so much to share—so much to rejoice about—so many tears of joy that could be flowing.
Today make some noise. These people made so much noise that they could be heard from far away. Has anyone heard you today? Has anyone heard what Jesus has done for you?
“No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.” – Ezra 3:13 [NIV]