Weeping and Shouting

There was a strange mixture of responses as construction began on the temple.  Why this weeping and shouting over the same event?

Today’s reading: Ezra 2:1-3:13

The elderly who had seen the original temple wept as they realized how much smaller and less glorious would be the new one.  The younger people shouted for joy not knowing what they had lost.

In this world we are never completely free from tears.  But God promises that in the New Jerusalem “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 ESV). I long for that day, don’t you?

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