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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

May 12 - Evening

"While all this was going on, I (Nehemiah) was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had returned to the king.
Sometime later I asked his permission and came back to Jerusalem.
Here I learned about the evil thing Eliashib had done in providing Tobiah a room in the
courts of the house of God.
I was greatly displeased and threw all Tobiah’s household goods out of the room.
I gave orders to purify the rooms, and
then I put back into them the equipment of the house of God, with the grain offerings and the incense."

- Nehemiah 13:6-9

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Nehemiah Returns to Jerusalem a Second Time in 433 BC and Clears a Temple Room    

(See table and 433 BC date of Nehemiah chapter 13 below.) 
Nehemiah left Jerusalem in 433 BC after having spent 12 years there away from Artaxerxes and his royal court (445-433). While Nehemiah was absent from Jerusalem the priest Eliashib had granted Tobiah the Ammonite one of the large chambers (or, a room) on the side of the Temple.

After having checked in with Artaxerxes in Persia, Nehemiah was allowed to return to Jerusalem and finish his administrative work there.  When Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem he found not only that the high priest’s grandson had married the daughter of Sanballat the Horonite (Neh. 13:23-28), but that an Ammonite had moved into one of the rooms on the Temple Mount.

Nehemiah immediately entered Tobiah’s unauthorized dwelling and began throwing Tobiah’s personal household items out into the Temple courts to be hauled away. Nehemiah then gave orders to purify the room and return the chamber to its proper use of storing equipment used for the Temple and storage of grain and incense. 

  • 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 Persian Empire
  • Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem to finish his administrative duties (Nehemiah 13). He begins by throwing Tobiah out of the Temple room and rebuking the priest Eliashib (Neh. 13:4-9)

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

"It takes time and discipline to go from knowing an answer to understanding it."
- Galyn Wiemers




Something to Ponder??

In 1100’s Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) presented 13 points of doctrine to help the Jewish faith resist the rise of rationalism and atheism
in his culture:
> God exists
> God is one alone
> God has no corporeal presence
> God is outside the scope of time
> God alone is to be worshiped
> God informs his prophets
> Moses was the greatest prophet
> Torah is the work of God
> Torah cannot change
> God takes into the control the thoughts and acts of all people
> Those who do good will receive reward; those who do evil will receive retribution
> Messiah will come
> There will be a bodily resurrection of the dead, although it is possible that only the soul is eternal
(Details here and here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Epistrepho (Gr) – Convert (Eng) – a Greek word made out from epi meaning “towards” and strepho meaning “to turn.” Epistrepho means “to turn around towards something” or “to turn in order to convert.” The aorist tense used in 2x in James 5:19, 20 point to a specific act.


Internal evidence for Solomon’s authorship
of Song of Solomon
and Ecclesiastes:

Song of Songs 6:4 mentions Tirzah as being a leading city. Tirzah became the capital of the northern kingdom in 930 BC, but soon fell
(1 Kg.16:15-24) and didn’t even exist after the exile.

Locations are mentioned from both northern and southern Israel indicating a yet united kingdom

Song of Songs is similar to Egyptian poetry of this same genre that was flourishing in Egypt at the time of Solomon. So, Solomon would have expected his culture to appreciate his style. It would not have been the style 400-500 years later.

Ec. 1:1 says the author is the Son of David

Ec. 12:9 says the author was wise, imparted knowledge and “pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.” This sounds like Solomon of 1 Kings 4:30-33.

Ec.1:12 says the author was king over Israel in Jerusalem, not king over Judah. The only three that did this were Saul, David and Solomon.

Ec. 1:16 says, “I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me.” This could be Solomon referring to being wiser than all the previous Canaanite kings of Jerusalem including Melchizedek and Adoni-zedek

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Am I willing to make corrections to inappropriate behavior, beliefs and practices?
I will speak up and call for righteousness when confronted with inappropriate talk and deeds.
  "The righteous care for the needs of their animals,
    but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel."

- Proverbs 12:10
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) Second Kings 2 Psalm 69-70
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

For favor with people

Christ-like attitudes and actions


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Damascus Gate Jerusalem

The Great Schism of 1054

Map details the territory involved in the great church
split in 1054 known as The Great Schism

Damascus Gate on the north side of Jerusalem  
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