Read 2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Ezra 1-3
Ezra starts off with the fulfillment of the prophecy’s of Jeremiah. God will do what he has spoken!
“With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. 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.”
What a remarkable day before God. Singing like the tabernacle of David as the foundation is being laid. Joyful shouts mingle with weeping. The people of God were comforted, he has disciplined us, but his Love endures forever. They keep returning to the strong hold of God’s enduring love for them.