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Our return from Exile

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Introduction

this being my first time to deliver a message to you all I wanted to take the opportunity to express my deep compassion for each of you and all of us as the body.
Paul’s opening to the letter of Romans say’s it better than I ever could.
So I ask you to listen to how Paul fills about the church of Romans and accept it as a message from my heart.
Romans 1:8–17 NLT
Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world. God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son. One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you. For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now. I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit, just as I have seen among other Gentiles. For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike. So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News. For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
rom 1:8-17

Exile theme through old testament

I want to speak to you today about the biblical theme of Exile and what it means for us as the body of christ.
the common Idea behind exile is when you take a group of people that you have just conquered; take most of the as captive move them away from their Land, closer to your capital and military power. for the intent to discourage all since of patriotism and nationality so that the chance of revolt is greatly decreased. and by the way you don't just leave there land vacant you place your own people or other conquered group in that region.
but the basic Idea is being removed from your home Land and don’t forget about Babylon begin a symbol of this exile through out scripture

Adam and Eve Narrative

this is a common theme through out the entirety of the bible. It starts on just page 3 of the bible with Adam and Eve
genesis 3:
Genesis 3:23 NLT
So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made.
in The LORD specially planted this garden for Adam and Eve as a place that they may be together.
but because of there sin and refusal to follow the LORD’s command they where Exiled from there true home.
if we continue to read straight through Genesis there still isn’t any hope presented to us for the restoration of the Exile of Human Life to the presence of the LORD ( I know you all know that's what Adam and Eves name means, Human and Life);
so this section ends Genesis 11with the tower of Babel where everyone is scattered all over the world

History of the people of Isreal and their exile

then we get to Abraham finally a hope a nation of priest to bring all of humanity back to the LORD.
But WHAT the people of Isreal our going to be strangers in a foreign land for 400 hundred years as slave.really so they lose their land to!
really so they lose their land to!
finally Moses shows up the LORD is greatly glorified and the people are freed. OK they get lost for 40 years but they our going to make it to the “Promised Land”
then we get to Deuteronomy and Moses is like you people our sinful and you wont keep the LORD’s commandments I should know I listened to you complain for 40 year and want to go back to Egypt as slaves. But you will take possession of my promised land.
and we read on as Moses prophecy over the people come to pass. but something interesting happens during this time the prophets tell of a time after exile when they will be restored and the people will be restored to the LORD by a messiah.
so Assyria comes along first and sweeps up the northern tribe and parts of the Judah, and then Babylon comes and carries the rest of Isreal (Jerusalem) off to Exile

Return from Exile

then we get to Ezra Nehemiah these are two book in our bible but originally one
so the people our on there way home from exile the moment has come at last restoration WRONG.
we get to see 4 times in the book of Ezra-Nehemiah how the people returning from exile start a movement lead by a leader to be faithful to the commandments of the LORD and each time it ends in an anti-climatic manner that leaves you wondering what about the promises of the prophets
lets look at summary of this, do remember the dedication of the tabernacle and the 1st temple. how a pillar of fire and smoke came down and dwelt with the very presence of the LORD coming to dwell with in his temple.
Ezra 3:12–13 NLT
But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
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during the dedication of the second temple Exra chapter 6 there is no smoke no fire no appearance of the LORD’s presence at least not then.
we know this is all because the true fulfillment was through Jesus Christ our LORD not by man keeping the Law

what the people are called to do in Exile

Jeremiah 29:4-
Jeremiah 29:4–7 NLT
This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”
Daniel 1:18–21 NLT
When the training period ordered by the king was completed, the chief of staff brought all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and no one impressed him as much as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they entered the royal service. Whenever the king consulted them in any matter requiring wisdom and balanced judgment, he found them ten times more capable than any of the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom. Daniel remained in the royal service until the first year of the reign of King Cyrus.
Daniel 1:
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Ezra 3:12–13 NLT
But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.

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