v 68 When they arrived at the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the family leaders made voluntary offerings toward the rebuilding of God’s Temple on its original site, and each leader gave as much as he could.
The returning exiles would have faced an enormous task. The Babylonians made a thorough job of flattening the city – the walls, the Temple, and other significant buildings as well as homes were destroyed. Very few of these exiles would have seen Jerusalem in its prime; it had all been destroyed some 70 years before, so even the wreckage was of little value at that point. Their faith had not been totally destroyed however, and there was a desire on the part of some to get on with rebuilding the Temple. So from their meagre resources they started a ‘Building Fund’. Their generosity has been mirrored down the ages in the building of many churches. Thank God for the vision of our forefathers who freely gave of their resources to build and extend The Hub in Beeding!