Sacrifice, Atonement & Worship

November 3, 2019 Preacher: Steve Thiel Series: Ezra & Nehemiah

Topic: Ezra Passage: Ezra 3:1–3:13

SACRIFICE, ATONEMENT & WORSHIP
Christ Proclamation Church
Sunday, 11/3/2019
Ezra 3:1-13

Sermon Theme: The Israelites rebuild the altar and sacrifice burnt offerings to make atonement for sin; however, it’s not enough. The blood of bulls and goats accomplishes nothing. Instead, they point forward to the one true Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the word. He alone is worthy of our worship!

I. REBUILDING THE ALTAR (Ezra 3:1-6)
    A. The Return to Jerusalem (v. 1)
        1. The Feast of Trumpets (1st of Tishri)
        2. The Day of Atonement (10th of Tishri)
        3. The Feast of Booths (15th to 22nd of Tishri)
    B. The Building of the Altar (vv. 2-3)
    C. The Celebration of the Feast of Booths (vv. 4-5)
    D. The Focus on Burnt Offerings (v. 6)

II. REBUILDING THE TEMPLE (Ezra 3:7-13)
    A. The Reminder of the 1st Temple (vv. 7-9)
        1. Wealth of a Pagan King (2nd Chronicles 2:1-16)
        2. Construction in the 2nd Month (1 Kings 5-6)
        3. Appointment of Young Priests (1 Chronicles 23:24)
    B. The Celebration of the 2nd Foundation (vv. 10-13)
        1. Praising God with Great Joy (vv. 10-11)
        2. Weeping Loudly with Great Sorrow (vv. 12-13)

III. REJOICING IN CHRIST
    A. Greater Once-for-All Sacrifice (Hebrews 10:1-14)
    B. Greater Eternal Worship (Revelation 5:18-14; 21:4)

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