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August 16 - Morning

"On the tenth day of the fifth month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,
Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard,
who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.

He set fire to the temple of the Lord,
the royal palace and
all the houses of Jerusalem.
Every important building he burned down.

The whole Babylonian army, under the commander of the imperial guard, broke down all the walls around Jerusalem…

The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars,
the movable stands and
the bronze Sea that were at the temple of the Lord
and they carried all the bronze to Babylon.

They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service. The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers, sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands, dishes and bowls used for drink offerings — all that were made of pure gold or silver.

The commander of the guard took as prisoners
Seraiah the chief priest,
Zephaniah the priest next in rank and
the three doorkeepers.
Of those still in the city,
he took the officer in charge of the fighting men,
and seven royal advisers.
He also took the secretary who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land,
sixty of whom were found in the city.

Nebuzaradan the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. There at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed.

So Judah went into captivity, away from her land."

- Jeremiah 52:12-27

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Plunder and Burning of the City and its Temple    

In August of 586 BC, a month after the city wall was breeched and the Babylonian officials entered the city (July 18, 586 BC, 2 Kings 25:1-12; Jeremiah 39:1-4), Nebuzaradan, the commander of Nebuchadnezzar’s imperial guard, returned to Jerusalem to burn the city and tear down the walls. First, in the process, was the burning of the public buildings such as the palace and the temple. Second, the wall of the city would be systematically dismantled, leaving Jerusalem defenseless.

One of the houses on the east side of the city that sets below the palace has been excavated with signs of the Babylonian fire used to burn the homes. It is called the “House of Ahiel” because two pieces of pottery (ostraca) were found with his name on them. (Details HERE and HERE. Photo HERE. Diagram HERE, HERE and HERE.) This house was a four-room house built into the retaining wall (Millo) of the city around 650 BC with a staircase that would have provided access to the flat roof. A stone with a hole cut through it was found in one of the rooms that would have served as the toilet seat that was over a cesspit about 6.5 feet deep.

Before the temple was burnt the Babylonians plundered it of anything valuable. Many of these items were put into storage in Babylon and were part of the 5,400 articles of gold and silver from the Temple of Solomon that were returned to Jerusalem with Ezra when Cyrus sent the Jews home in 538 BC. (Ezra 1:5-8) These are also some of the items Belshazzar would have removed from storage for his fateful party recorded in Daniel 5 in 539 BC. (Daniel 5:3-5).

Something that is always of interest and a point of curiosity is the fact the Ark of the Covenant is NOT mentioned as being part of the plunder of the Babylonians in 586 BC. Where was it?

  Christian Quote from Church History
"How beautiful, then, the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in hope, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practice. They are as brother and sister, both servants of the same Master. Nothing divides them, either in flesh or in spirit. They are, in very truth, two in one flesh; and where there is but one flesh there is also but one spirit. They pray together, they worship together, they fast together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another. Side by side they visit God's church and partake of God's Banquet; side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations. They have no secrets from one another; they never shun each other's company; they never bring sorrow to each other's hearts."
- Tertullian (160-220 AD)
Something to Ponder??

The iron point of Goliath’s spear weighed about
fifteen pounds according
to 1 Samuel 17:7

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Qatsap (Hb) - angry (Eng) - The Hebrew word qatsap means “to be angry.” Qatsap is used to identify an emotional outburst of anger. The use of qatsap can refer to God’s anger (Psalms 106:32) against man and the Lord’s anger against disobedience (Leviticus 10:6).

  A cuneiform cylinder from 604-562 BC with an inscription describing Nebuchadnezzar's work done on a wall and a moat was discovered in the 1800's. (See image HERE)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Is there someone from my past that I need to thank?   "When a king's face brightens, it means life;
his favor is like
a rain cloud in spring."

- Proverbs 16:15
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
1 Kings 22 Zechariah 8 (520-519 BC) Jeremiah 32-33
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

A view of Jerusalem from the south.

A view of Jerusalem from the south.


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Wilson's Arch labeled and identified in this Western Wall photo.

Wilson's Arch labeled and identified in this Western Wall photo. (Details here.)

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