Understanding the Problem part I
In life, we often fail to understand the reason things happen. Instead we place a band aid upon the situation, hoping the condition will heal itself. Often when the healing process is done, a scare is left and the real cause of the problem has not been addressed.
In the business world, this is called kicking the can. Instead of addressing the problem, a temporary fix is applied leaving the problem to fester and reappear later. Instead of picking up the can to throw it away, the can is kicked down the street, and will have to be dealt with again.
This is not a new problem, this is problem that has been happening since the beginning of time. Whether the problem happens in the home, in business, in our personal relationships or even in the church it takes far less effort to kick the can down the street than to deal with the can at this time.
For the Israelites who have returned from exile the problem is the same, for it is much easier to deal with matters of personal comfort than deal with the uncomfortable matters of religion and worship.
At the time the remnant of Israel was released from captivity, they were given money and resources by the Persian Government that were to be used in the rebuilding and construction of the temple in Jerusalem.