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May 14 - Morning

"Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits.
But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai. Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself
and went home.

Calling together his friends and Zeresh, his wife, Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king (Xerxes) had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials.

'And that’s not all,'
Haman added.
'I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave.
And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow. But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.'

His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him,
'Have a pole set up, reaching to a height of fifty cubits, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai impaled on it. Then go with the king to the
banquet and enjoy yourself.'

This suggestion delighted Haman,
and he had the pole set up."

- Esther 5:9-14

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Esther Invites Xerxes and Haman to a Banquet    

Haman had conspired to execute the Jews in Persia so Esther risked her life and approached King Xerxes uninvited. When he was pleased to see her Xerxes asked Esther what her request was. Esther then invited Xerxes to eat that day a banquet she had prepared for him and Haman. It was at this meal Esther would make her request known. The king accepted and sent for Haman.

 This banquet would have been a formal event with attendants, guards and other officials as dinner quests. When the king asked Esther her request she said she would make her request known at a more private meal the next day with only Xerxes and Haman present.

Haman was at the top of his game as he went home that day, or so he thought. Yet, Haman still needed to get rid the Jew Mordecai because he refused to honor Haman in the streets of Susa. With the guidance of the advice of his wife Haman had a place prepared for Mordecai to be impaled and executed. Haman just needed to secure permission for Mordecai’s execution.

  • Xerxes begins to reign.
  • Samaritans take this chance to file a complaint. (Ezra 4:6)
Ezra 4:6
483 Xerxes displays his vast wealth and military power at a banquet in preparation for his invasion of Greece as seen in Esther 1 Esther 1

Xerxes goes to war against Greece. Persia fights the battles of:

  1. Thermopylae – This battle is the basis of the movie “300” that features the Spartan king Leonidas and his 300 men who fight the invading King Xerxes and his Persian troops.
  2. Salamis – Persians occupy Athens and burn the temple.
    The Persians move their ships into a strait through a bottle neck thinking the beached Greek trireme ships are trapped. Xerxes watches from his ivory throne placed on a hill in disbelief as his ships are rammed, congested and unable to maneuver while Persians ships continue to sail into the bottle neck. Xerxes heads back to Persia, leaving behind 1/3 of his troops which then burn Athens to the ground.
  3. Plataea – In what looked like a rout of the Greeks, the Persians fail to stay organized and are driven from Greece.

These Greek battles fulfill Daniel 11:2: “a fourth Persian king, who will be far richer. . .will stir up everyone against the kingdom of Greece.”
This sets the stage for the rise of Alexander the Great who will seek deliverance and revenge for the burning of Athens in 336 BC.



Battles of:

  • Thermopylae
  • Salamis
  • Plataea

Daniel 11:2

478 Esther goes to Xerxes and becomes Queen in Dec/Jan in Esther 2 Esther 2

Esther’s fifth year as queen.
• April 17 is the date set to meet to determine fate of Jews.

  • Esther 3:7 - "In the twelfth year of King Xerxes, in the first month, the month of Nisan, the pur (that is, the lot) was cast in the presence of Haman to select a day and month. And the lot fell on[a] the twelfth month, the month of Adar."
Esther 3:7
473 • According to Haman’s plans and Xerxes order, the Jews are to be killed in Persia on March 7
• March 7, the Jews defend themselves. The Jews kill 500 men in Susa and 10 of Haman’s sons.


Esther 3:12-14


• Xerxes is inside his bedchamber when he is assassinated by 3 conspirators. They convince Artaxerxes, Xerxes’s son, to slay his older brother. They then try to kill Artaxerxes who is only wounded but kills his attacker.
• Artaxerxes becomes Persian Emperor and will reign for 41 years.
• Esther would be about 38 years old if she became queen when she was 25.



464 • Artaxerxes orders the rebuilding of the rebellious city, Jerusalem, to stop.
• Samaritans send a letter to Artaxerxes to say Jerusalem is a rebellious city. (Ezra 4:7)
• Artaxerxes replies: “this city will not be rebuilt until I so order.”
(Ezra 4:21)

Ezra 4:7-23
Ezra 4:21
Daniel 9:25
458 • In Artaxeres’ seventh year he issues the decree to rebuild and restore Jerusalem.
• Ezra leaves Babylon on April 8 and arrives in
Jerusalem on August.
• 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

Ezra 7:12-26
Daniel 9:25
Ezra 10:9-16

457 Ezra committee ends their three month long investigation into intermarriage by Mar/Apr (Ezra 10:17) 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

Esther is 58

  Christian Quote from Church History

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
- C. S. Lewis






Something to Ponder??

Fifteen Samples of Prayer for fifteen different situations:
Prayer for others
Exodus 32:11-14
Prayer for enemies
Luke 23:34
Prayer for followers
John 17:6-26
Prayer of dedication
2 Chron. 6:14-42
Prayer expressing faith
Psalm 23
Prayer of thanksgiving
1 Samuel 2:1-10
Prayer of trust
2 Chron. 20:6-12
Prayer of blessing
Psalm 90
Prayer in destress
Jonah 2:2-9
Prayer for healing
Isaiah 38:3, 9-20
Prayer of confession
Psalm 51
Prayer of praise
Matthew 11:25-26
Prayer before death
John 12:27-28
Prayer model
Matthew 6:9-13
Prayer for revelation
Psalm 119:18

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Nachal (Hb) – Inherit (Eng) – the Hebrew word nachal means “to inherit,” “to get possession of,”
and “to take as a possession.” Most often nachal means to “take possession
as it does in Deuteronomy 21:6 and Proverbs 28:10.


The remains of Colossae, the city that received Paul’s letter to the Colossians, was located in 1835, but very little excavation has been done. Located in Colossae was the theater with its seats (three photos). Also, a cemetery has been identified. Many marble pillars, a few coins and limited inscriptions have been uncovered. The vast majority of the ancient city remains buried and unexplored.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Is it possible that I could be conspiring against the very person or people God is blessing?
I will examine my motives.
Am I seeking my own benefit or the benefit of others?
Am I promoting my ideas or the Lord's plan?
  "Fools mock at making amends for sin,
    but goodwill is found
among the upright."

- Proverbs 14:9
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 5 Psalm 32 and 51
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

For desire to be productive

Favor with man

Scientists and Theologians

El Salvador
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Eastern Gate, Golden Gate, Jerusalem Cultural Traditions of the Great Flood story
View from low on the Mount of Olives of the Eastern Gate (Golden Gate)
in Jerusalem's eastern wall.
Locations of ancient cultural traditions of a Great Flood story.
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