God and His House
God has given His name to represent the church
God owns the church
God’s gives messengers to the church
God gives the restoration to the church
6:17. dedication sacrifice compared to 1 Kings. See the comment on 2 Chronicles 7:5–7 for dedicatory activity for Solomon’s temple. The actual number of sacrificial animals in the dedication ceremony for the second temple is much smaller than at the time of Solomon (1 Kings 8:63): 22,000 oxen versus 100 bulls; 120,000 sheep versus 200 rams and 400 male lambs. The sin offering of twelve male goats is according to priestly ritual (Lev 4:22–26; see the comment on Lev 4:13–32) and fits into Ezra’s attempt to reestablish the idea of a twelve-tribe coalition, now reborn through the exile experience and prepared to resume its covenantal relationship with Yahweh in Judah and Jeru- salem.