Reflection on Ezra 5:1-2

“Now Aggeus the prophet, and Zacharias the son of Addo, prophesied to the Jews that were in Judea and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel. Then rose up Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and Josue the son of Josedec, and began to build the temple of God in Jerusalem, and with them were the prophets of God helping them.” (Ezra 5:1-2)

Literal Sense:  Inspired by the preaching of Aggeus and Zacharias, Zorobabel and Josue began to rebuild the temple and they were assisted by the prophets of God.

Allegorical Sense:  The prophets of God still assist Christ in building the temple, which is the church.  They do this as their words are recorded in Scripture and as one reads their words one is pointed to live a holy life in order to be an acceptable temple where God’s Spirit may dwell.

Moral Sense:  As the prophets helped Zorobabel and Josue build the temple, so too must we who have been made prophets in Christ (1 John 2:27) help build the new temple, which is the church, by leading others to Christ through the proclamation of the Gospel and through a holy lifestyle.

Anagogical Sense:  A day is coming when it will no longer be necessary for prophets to proclaim God’s word, “[a]nd they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: Know the Lord: for all shall know me from the least of them even to the greatest, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34)  This day will be fully realized in the beatific vision and these things point us forward to that day.

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