1. Exposition

To what might the mention of cedar trees be an allusion?

Ezra 3:7 (ESV)

7 So they gave money to the masons and the carpenters, and food, drink, and oil to the Sidonians and the Tyrians to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea, to Joppa, according to the grant that they had from Cyrus king of Persia.

Cedar logs by sea from Lebanon to Joppa could be an allusion to Solomon’s temple (1 Chronicles 22:4; 2 Chronicles 2:8).1 Lebanon was famous for the trees that grew in the area.