Sunny Sunday morning in San Diego.
Our wonderful time in San Diego has passed, and Baruch and I are each on to the next locations. I am visiting with our parents and family and Baruch is in Israel and then Bulgaria.
The time in San Diego went by quickly and it was quite an intense time of study. The book of Ezra is full of great information and when we receive the videos of the teaching, we will load them up onto our YouTube channel. I will post here and on Facebook when they are available.
In our study, Ezra 4:1-5 really touched me. The enemies of Israel offered to help build the Temple. The the leaders answered, “You have nothing in common with us in building a house to our G-d….” It is important for us to recognize the place of unbelievers within various meetings, services, celebrations and whether it is appropriate for them to participate. We read in Scripture that one is either for G-d or against G-d. There is no middle ground. If the leaders recognised that it was inappropriate for the enemies (non-believers) to build the Temple, it is also important that we recognise that worshiping G-d is for believers.
Too many people are interested in having worship which will be appealing to the congregants and non-believing visitors rather than being concerned that it is appropriate and what G-d wants our worship to be.