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May 8 - Morning

"When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns, the people assembled together as one in Jerusalem. Then Joshua son of Jozadak and his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and his associates began to build the altar of the God of Israel to sacrifice burnt offerings on it, in accordance with what is written in the Law of Moses the man of God.
 Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and evening sacrifices."

- Ezra 3:1-3

538-536 BC, Zerubbabel Leads Judah Back to Rebuild the Temple Mount Altar

In 536 BC, three months after the Jews had arrived from Babylon they began to build the altar on the foundation stones (bedrock) of Mount Moriah. The rebuilding and reuse of the altar began in the seventh month called Tishri (Sept/Oct) which is the time the Jews celebrate three of their most important feasts: Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles. The religious leader was Joshua the high priest. The civil leader was Zerubbabel, a descendent of David and the grandson of King Jehoiachin. Zerubbabel served as the governor of the land under the Emperor Cyrus. Zerubbabel had no aspirations to claim the throne of Judah, because he knew his place was under the Persian Empire as a governor of the land of Judah.
Daniel in the Lion's Den

Daniel 6

Ezra 1:2
  • Darius appoints 120 satraps to rule the kingdom with three administrators over them. One of the administrators is Daniel.
  • Darius plans on putting Daniel over the whole kingdom (Daniel 6:3)
  • King Darius is tricked into putting Daniel, age 85, into the lions den
  • Cyrus allows any Jews to return and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.
  • The Cyrus Cylinder confirms the biblical account of Cyrus liberating the people after he conquered Babylon. See details:
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British Museum
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Ezra 2

Jews Return 70 Years After FirstCaptivity
  • Darius the Mede dies and Cyrus takes the title of King of Persia.
  • A remnant of the Jews return to Jerusalem. It has been 70 years since the first captivity in 605 BC counting both the year 605 BC and 537 BC and the 68 years between
1. 800 mile journey from the Chebar River to Jerusalem
2. Cyrus provides money, orders for people to assist Jews and the temple’s sacred vessels.
3. The returning Jews leave in Mar/Apr and arrive in Jerusalem in Jun/July.

Daniel 10,11,12 Ezra 3

Zerubbabel Altar Rebuilt Ezra 4:1-5
Jews Opposed
  • An angel comes to Daniel after he fasts for 3 weeks.
  • Daniel receives his final revelation in Daniel 10, 11 and 12.
  • Chapter 11 will cover the history from the time of Cyrus (536 BC) up through the Macabbean Revolt against Antiochus Epiphanies (168 BC). The prophecy then continues with the rise of the anti-Christ. (Dn.11:36)
  • Zerubbabel goes to rebuild the temple.
  • The altar is built (Sept/Oct) and the foundation for the temple is laid.
  • Samaritans begin to oppose the Jew’s efforts to rebuild the temple.
    (Ezra 4:1-5)
Zaraq (Hb) – Sprinkle (Eng) – the Hebrew word zaraq means “to throw” and is used to refer to sprinkling, or scattering blood on the altar in Lev. 1:5, 11; 3:2, 8, 13. In Ex. 9:8-10 a handful of dust is zaraq into the air and in Ezekiel 36:25 water is zaraq for purification.
Do I know what God has called and equipped me to do? Am I content with my talent, calling and assignment from God? I will discover, develop and distribute the gifts and responsibilities God has given me.

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Ask God to show you habits and practices and values that need to change


Submission to God's plan and direction
United States Marines

Public latrine in Beth Shean from New Testament times. It is located right beside the large public theater. (Video below)
Map of Ezekiel 27

Someone to Quote

 “Sin will keep you from this Book. This Book will keep you from sin.” - D.L. Moody

Something to Ponder

2 Chronicles 7:5 records Solomon’s priests sacrificing 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep/goats at the dedication of the Temple. This last fifteen days, so it figures that 16 animals were sacrificed every minute by the priests for 10 hours a day for the 15 days.

Here’s a Fact

It has been taught in high education, including in Christian seminaries, that Moses predated the age of writing and so he could not have written the texts of Scripture the Bible assigns to him. This is an ignorant and outdated position since archaeology has shown repeatedly that writing existed much early than Moses and much, much earlier than liberal scholars could imagine. For example, the black stele that was discovered containing the inscriptions of Hammurabi’s Code (or, the laws of Hammurabi) was over 300 years older than Moses and his writing and editorial work.


"I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
    I possess knowledge and discretion.
To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
    I hate pride and arrogance,
    evil behavior and perverse speech."

- Proverbs 8:12-13

Coach’s Corner

Establish principles to live by. Identify priorities to guide your decisions. Find passions to energize your dreams.

Judges 11
New International Version (NIV)
11 Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. Gilead’s wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. “You are not going to get any inheritance in our family,” they said, “because you are the son of another woman.” So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob, where a gang of scoundrels gathered around him and followed him.
Some time later, when the Ammonites were fighting against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. “Come,” they said, “be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites.”
Jephthah said to them, “Didn’t you hate me and drive me from my father’s house? Why do you come to me now, when you’re in trouble?”
The elders of Gilead said to him, “Nevertheless, we are turning to you now; come with us to fight the Ammonites, and you will be head over all of us who live in Gilead.”
Jephthah answered, “Suppose you take me back to fight the Ammonites and the Lord gives them to me—will I really be your head?”
10 The elders of Gilead replied, “The Lord is our witness; we will certainly do as you say.” 11 So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them. And he repeated all his words before the Lord in Mizpah.
12 Then Jephthah sent messengers to the Ammonite king with the question: “What do you have against me that you have attacked my country?”
13 The king of the Ammonites answered Jephthah’s messengers, “When Israel came up out of Egypt, they took away my land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, all the way to the Jordan. Now give it back peaceably.”
14 Jephthah sent back messengers to the Ammonite king, 15 saying:
“This is what Jephthah says: Israel did not take the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites.
16 But when they came up out of Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea and on to Kadesh. 17 Then Israel sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, ‘Give us permission to go through your country,’ but the king of Edom would not listen. They sent also to the king of Moab, and he refused. So Israel stayed at Kadesh.
18 “Next they traveled through the wilderness, skirted the lands of Edom and Moab, passed along the eastern side of the country of Moab, and camped on the other side of the Arnon. They did not enter the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was its border.
19 “Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon, and said to him, ‘Let us pass through your country to our own place.’ 20 Sihon, however, did not trust Israel to pass through his territory. He mustered all his troops and encamped at Jahaz and fought with Israel.
21 “Then the Lord, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and his whole army into Israel’s hands, and they defeated them. Israel took over all the land of the Amorites who lived in that country, 22 capturing all of it from the Arnon to the Jabbok and from the desert to the Jordan.
23 “Now since the Lord, the God of Israel, has driven the Amorites out before his people Israel, what right have you to take it over? 24 Will you not take what your god Chemosh gives you? Likewise, whatever the Lord our God has given us, we will possess. 25 Are you any better than Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever quarrel with Israel or fight with them? 26 For three hundred years Israel occupied Heshbon, Aroer, the surrounding settlements and all the towns along the Arnon. Why didn’t you retake them during that time? 27 I have not wronged you, but you are doing me wrong by waging war against me. Let the Lord, the Judge, decide the dispute this day between the Israelites and the Ammonites.”
28 The king of Ammon, however, paid no attention to the message Jephthah sent him.
29 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites. 30 And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, 31 whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.”
32 Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into his hands. 33 He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith, as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon.
34 When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. 35 When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, “Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break.”
36 “My father,” she replied, “you have given your word to the Lord. Do to me just as you promised, now that the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites. 37 But grant me this one request,” she said. “Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry.”
38 “You may go,” he said. And he let her go for two months. She and her friends went into the hills and wept because she would never marry. 39 After the two months, she returned to her father, and he did to her as he had vowed. And she was a virgin.
From this comes the Israelite tradition
40 that each year the young women of Israel go out for four days to commemorate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.
1 Kings 15
New International Version (NIV)
Abijah King of Judah
15 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijah became king of Judah, and he reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother’s name was Maakah daughter of Abishalom.
He committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been. Nevertheless, for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem by raising up a son to succeed him and by making Jerusalem strong. For David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord’s commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.
There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam throughout Abijah’s lifetime. As for the other events of Abijah’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. And Abijah rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. And Asa his son succeeded him as king.
Asa King of Judah
In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa became king of Judah, 10 and he reigned in Jerusalem forty-one years. His grandmother’s name was Maakah daughter of Abishalom.
11 Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done. 12 He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made. 13 He even deposed his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. Asa cut it down and burned it in the Kidron Valley. 14 Although he did not remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life. 15 He brought into the temple of the Lord the silver and gold and the articles that he and his father had dedicated.
16 There was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns. 17 Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and fortified Ramah to prevent anyone from leaving or entering the territory of Asa king of Judah.
18 Asa then took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and of his own palace. He entrusted it to his officials and sent them to Ben-Hadad son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, the king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus. 19 “Let there be a treaty between me and you,” he said, “as there was between my father and your father. See, I am sending you a gift of silver and gold. Now break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so he will withdraw from me.”
20 Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa and sent the commanders of his forces against the towns of Israel. He conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maakah and all Kinnereth in addition to Naphtali. 21 When Baasha heard this, he stopped building Ramah and withdrew to Tirzah. 22 Then King Asa issued an order to all Judah—no one was exempt—and they carried away from Ramah the stones and timber Baasha had been using there. With them King Asa built up Geba in Benjamin, and also Mizpah.
23 As for all the other events of Asa’s reign, all his achievements, all he did and the cities he built, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? In his old age, however, his feet became diseased. 24 Then Asa rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the city of his father David. And Jehoshaphat his son succeeded him as king.
Nadab King of Israel
25 Nadab son of Jeroboam became king of Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years. 26 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the ways of his father and committing the same sin his father had caused Israel to commit.
27 Baasha son of Ahijah from the tribe of Issachar plotted against him, and he struck him down at Gibbethon, a Philistine town, while Nadab and all Israel were besieging it. 28 Baasha killed Nadab in the third year of Asa king of Judah and succeeded him as king.
29 As soon as he began to reign, he killed Jeroboam’s whole family. He did not leave Jeroboam anyone that breathed, but destroyed them all, according to the word of the Lord given through his servant Ahijah the Shilonite. 30 This happened because of the sins Jeroboam had committed and had caused Israel to commit, and because he aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel.
31 As for the other events of Nadab’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel? 32 There was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns.
Baasha King of Israel
33 In the third year of Asa king of Judah, Baasha son of Ahijah became king of all Israel in Tirzah, and he reigned twenty-four years. 34 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the ways of Jeroboam and committing the same sin Jeroboam had caused Israel to commit.
Psalm 25
New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 25
Of David.

In you, Lord my God,     I put my trust.

I trust in you;     do not let me be put to shame,     nor let my enemies triumph over me.

No one who hopes in you     will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those     who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,     teach me your paths.

Guide me in your truth and teach me,     for you are God my Savior,     and my hope is in you all day long.

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,     for they are from of old.

Do not remember the sins of my youth     and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me,     for you, Lord, are good.

Good and upright is the Lord;     therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

He guides the humble in what is right     and teaches them his way.
All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful     toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
For the sake of your name, Lord,     forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?     He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
They will spend their days in prosperity,     and their descendants will inherit the land.
The Lord confides in those who fear him;     he makes his covenant known to them.
My eyes are ever on the Lord,     for only he will release my feet from the snare.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,     for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart     and free me from my anguish.
Look on my affliction and my distress     and take away all my sins.
See how numerous are my enemies     and how fiercely they hate me!
Guard my life and rescue me;     do not let me be put to shame,     for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness protect me,     because my hope, Lord, is in you.
Deliver Israel, O God,     from all their troubles!

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