Jun 17th 13
After the wall was finished Nehemiah gave positions of leadership to men of integrity, placing his brother as governor of Jerusalem and another as commander of the fortress,
7:2 … for he was a faithful man who feared God more than most.
There were few people within the spacious city because their homes had not been rebuilt.
7:5 So my God gave me the idea to call...
Jun 16th 13
As the Jews united to rebuild the wall, the Samarian official Sanballat and Tobiah the Ammonite became angry—mocking and ridiculing the Jews. In the face of opposition, Nehemiah’s response was to pray.
4:4 “Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land! Do not...
Jun 15th 13
After 70 years in exile, Zerubbabel led the first group of Jews back to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. Ezra brought religious reforms with the second group. Then fourteen years later Nehemiah led the third group in the task of rebuilding the wall. Since most of the book of Nehemiah is written in first person, we can assume he is the author.
In the fall of...
Jun 14th 13
Ezra had been in Jerusalem a little over four months when he received a very disturbing report.
9:2 “…the men of Israel have married women from these people and have taken them as wives for their sons. So the holy race has become polluted by these mixed marriages. Worse yet, the leaders and officials have led the way in this outrage.”
Ezra grieved, fasted, and prayed...
Jun 12th 13
The Jews previously exiled, returned to Jerusalem.
3:1 In early autumn, when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled in Jerusalem with a unified purpose.
3:3 Even though the people were afraid of the local residents, they rebuilt the altar at its old site. Then they began to sacrifice burnt offerings on the altar to the LORD each morning and...
Jun 11th 13
The book of Ezra tells of the restoration of the Jews to the covenant land. The book begins exactly where 2 Chronicles ends— with the proclamation of King Cyrus of Persia to release the Jews from Babylonian captivity as prophesied.
The prophet, Daniel, who had been taken into captivity as a teenager attained a position of high authority as a magistrate under...
Jun 10th 13
2 Chronicles 34-36
34:1-3 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right. During the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David.
As a teenager, he...
Jun 9th 13
2 Chronicles 32-33
32:1 After Hezekiah had faithfully carried out this work, King Sennacherib of Assyria invaded Judah.
The terrifyingly wicked king of Assyria sent some of his military officers to spread fear among the people of Jerusalem as he invaded the surrounding area.
Do you ever feel like you are doing the best you can to honor God, but the worst seems to happen? Do you find...
Jun 8th 13
2 Chronicles 30-31
This morning’s reading of King Hezekiah is exhilarating! He led a revival that impacted both Judah and Israel, providing an opportunity for everyone to worship as one at the Temple of God— a first since the kingdom split following Solomon’s death.
30:3 They were unable to celebrate it at the prescribed time because not enough priests could be purified by then, and the people...
Jun 2nd 13
2 Chronicles 17-18
When Asa died, his son Jehoshaphat became king.
17:3-6 The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his father’s early years and did not worship the images of Baal. He sought his father’s God and obeyed his commands instead of following the evil practices of the kingdom of Israel. So the LORD established Jehoshaphat’s control...
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