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May 11 - Evening

"So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively
to the Book of the Law.

Ezra the teacher of the Law stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion. Beside him on his

right stood
Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah,
Uriah, Hilkiah and Maaseiah;

and on his left were
Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum,
Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam.

Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up...

The Levites —
Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad,
Hanan and Pelaiah
— instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there.
They read from the Book of the Law of God,
making it clear

(or, "translating it" from Hebrew into Aramaic)
 and giving the meaning
so that the people understood what was being read."

- Nehemiah 8:2-5; 7-8

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Ezra Reads the Law to the People of Jerusalem    

(See table and date of Nehemiah chapter 8 below.)
When Ezra read the Hebrew text to the Jews in Jerusalem, they did not understand it since they all spoke Aramaic. So, the scribes among the people had to first translate the Hebrew text into Aramaic, then they had to "give the meaning" to the people so that they understood the concepts. So, the scribes help Ezra teach the people the Word of the Lord by first, translating it, and then, second, interpreting it with exegetical teaching from the translated text.

  • In Artaxeres’ seventh year he issues the decree to rebuild
    and restore Jerusalem.
  • Ezra leaves Babylon on April 8 and arrives in Jerusalem on
  • December 19 the people assemble and the investigation of
    intermarriage begins.
  • The 70 weeks (or, 490 years) of Daniels prophecy in Daniel
    9:25 begins with Artaxerxes’ decree to restore and rebuild
    Jerusalem in 458 BC. The decree is found in Ezra 7:12-26.
    The 70 weeks (490 years) are interrupted after 69 weeks
    (483 years) with the coming of the Messiah. 458 BC minus
    483 years equals 25/26 AD which is when John the Baptists
    will introduce the Messiah to the Jewish nation

Decree to Rebuild


Ezra 7: 8-9,12-26

Daniel 9:25

Ezra 10:9-16

457 Ezra committee ends their three month long investigation
into intermarriage by Mar/Apr
Ezra 10:17
446 Nov/Dec, Nehemiah is in Susa and hears a report from a Jew from Jerusalem that the walls of Jerusalem have not been rebuilt


Nehemiah 1

  • Artaxerxes 20th year
  • Mar/Apr, Nehemiah, Artaxerxes cup bearer, speaks to
    Artaxerxes about Jerusalem’s ruined wall system. (Neh. 2:1)
  • August 10, Nehemiah begins to rebuild the walls of
  • Opposition to building the walls. (Neh. 4, 6)
  • October 2, The walls of Jerusalem are completed in 52 days.
    (Neb. 6:15)
  • October 8, Ezra reads the law to public for first time in
    thirteen years. (8:2)
  • October 9, the people of Jerusalem celebrate the Feast of
    Tabernacles. (8:13)
  • October 30, Israel confesses their sin. (Neh. 9)
  • If Esther were 25 when she married Xerxes she is now 58

Nehemiah 2:1

Nehemiah 4

Nehemiah 6:15

Nehemiah 8:2

Nehemiah 8:13

Nehemiah 9

  • Nehemiah is recalled to Artaxerxes after a 12 year absence.
  • Artaxerxes is in his 32 year as the king of the Persian

Nehemiah 5:14

Nehemiah 13:6

  • The book of Malachi is written.
  • Malachi accuses:
    1. the priest of not honoring God
    2. the people of unlawful marriages
    3. the people of having given up on the Lord’s return
    4. the people of failing to give properly to God
  • Malachi ends with a promise in 3:1, “See, I will send my



  Christian Quote from Church History

“The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the BIBLE in our life and thoughts.”
- George Mueller







Something to Ponder??

Topics in Proverbs cover just about everything old men think young men should know about life in the real world. That includes money, sex, marriage, raising kids. Details concerning cosigning loans, visiting neighbors and proper etiquette for dinner meetings is included in the information they pass down to future generations.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Kaleo (Gr) – Call (Eng) – a Greek word from the Greek root kal which is still seen in our English word “call.” Kaleo means “to call” someone or “to invite.” Kaleo can also mean “to summon” someone as is seen in Matthew 20:8 when the owner of the vineyard told his foreman to kaleo (“summon”) the workers in order to pay them. In Matthew 25:14 a man kaleo his servants before he left on a journey.


German professor Koldewey found simple mud brick residences with three or four rooms from the time of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon of 600 BC. But, in Ur or the Chaldeans archaeologist Woolley went deeper with the excavation and found large spacious homes build as two-storied villas with 14 rooms from the days of Abraham around 2000 BC. The floors were burnt brick and the walls coated with plaster and
nicely painted.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I study the Bible and learn the meaning of the text in its context?
I will read the Bible and study the Bible in order to simply understand the meaning of the text.
  "When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
    when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy."

- Proverbs 11:10
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
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
(morning only) First Kings 22 1 Chronicles 19; Psalm 20
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Contacts with people and network building

Discovery of true Spiritual gifting


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Pool of Bethesda Excavation

Hezekiah's Tunnel Diagram, map, illustration

Details of Hezekiah's Tunnel through the
bedrock of ancient Jerusalem

New 2012 excavation work in the north end of the Pool of Bethesda.
(more here)
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