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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

May 12 - Morning

"Now the leaders of the people settled in Jerusalem. The rest of the people cast lots to bring one
out of every ten of them to live in Jerusalem, 
the holy city, while the remaining nine were to stay
in their own towns. 

The people commended all who volunteered
to live in Jerusalem.

- Nehemiah 11:1-2

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Repopulating Jerusalem by Casting Lots    

The population was meager in Jerusalem when Nehemiah arrived. Because Jerusalem had no walls the city’s infrastructure and economy were insufficient and unsatisfactory. Plus, Jerusalem was a hotbed of conflict both politically and militarily.

Nehemiah had completed the walls and the leadership of Judah wanted their capital city to be revitalized since it was the center of their culture. Their plan was to repopulate the city with Jews who had returned from Babylon, but had settled in towns throughout the land of Judah.

The plan was that one out of every ten would move into Jerusalem where the leaders of the people had already settled.

Map showing the Villages of the people of Judah HERE and HERE and HERE

  • 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

"Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
- C. S. Lewis


Something to Ponder??

In the 1350’s a university education was new and rare. John Wycliffe had studied and taught at Oxford. By 1377 Wycliffe appeared before the bishop of London on charges of heresy for having:

  • Questioned the right of the Catholic Church to control the civil governments and their temporal wealth.

Wycliffe also challenged the Church’s:

  • Sale of indulgences
  • Sale of leadership positions in the church
  • Worship of saints
  • Worship of relics
  • Papal authority
  • Transubstantiation

Wycliffe countered the church by teaching the Scripture to the common man in England in the English language. Oxford fired Wycliffe from his teaching position, but many in England rallied around Wycliffe. These followers took Wycliffe’s English translation of the Bible (hand written copies) and preached to other English people. Wycliffe died of a stroke in 1384, and 31 years later in 1415 the church dug up his bones to burn them in protest of his teaching.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Goral (Hb) – Lot (Eng) – Goral refers to a small stone or a stick with markings which make it useful in determining a “yes” or “no” answer from God. The use of the goral is seen in Lev. 16:8 and
Josh. 5:1. According to Proverbs 16:33 the Lord controls the goral.
In Isaiah 17:14 goral contains the idea of “destiny.”


Critic of Intelligent Design: “The only substantive part of Intelligent Design is as a negative argument that diametrically opposed to evolution, otherwise it has nothing of substance to offer science.”

Response: False on three points.

i) Intelligent Design is a positive argument that intelligence preceded and caused the origin of life. Intelligent Design is an independent theory that would not necessarily be true if evolution were proven false.

ii) Intelligent Design is not diametrically opposed to evolution, if “evolution” is defined as “change over time.” ID is diametrically opposed to the theory that living things originated from random events.

iii) The goal of Intelligent Design is not to “offer” something to “science,” the goal is the same as that of science. . .to seek the truth concerning our origins. Intelligent Design is a testable theory that can be falsified in exactly the same way as the theory of evolution.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I understand that as a believer in Jesus Christ I have been sanctified, set in the church
(the body of Christ) and commissioned for service with the gifts and grace God has given to me?
I will recognize my calling and be active in serving the Lord, the body of Christ and the world.

"Better to be a nobody and
yet have a servant
    than pretend to be somebody and have no food."

- Proverbs 12:9

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
Judges 15 Second Kings 1 Psalm 65-67
Prayer for Today
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Open doors for financial growth

Spiritual growth

Foreign conflicts

Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

First Kings 9, Solomon search for gold

Map detailing First Kings 9 when
Solomon searched for gold.

An ancient cistern  
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