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May 4 - Evening

"Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the Levites—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord. The king stood by his pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, and to obey the words of the covenant written in this book.

Then he had everyone in Jerusalem and Benjamin
pledge themselves to it; the people of Jerusalem
did this in accordance with the covenant of God,
the God of their ancestors."

- Second Chronicles 34:29-32

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640-623 BC, Josiah Seeks the Lord and Renews the National Covenant with God    
Josiah became king of Judah at the age of 8 years old. When he was 16 years old Josiah began to seek the Lord. And, at the age of 20 King Josiah began a religious reform to rid the land of Judah of idols, high places and incense altars to foreign gods. At that same time the Lord calls Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1) and within three years another prophet named Zephaniah (Zephaniah 1-3) has begun recording his messages. And, then when Josiah is 25 years old a scroll with the copy of the book of Deuteronomy, or the Covenant stipulations that Israel has with the Lord, is found in the temple during restoration and cleaning. This document both answers Josiah's quest to seek the Lord and confirms the messages of the prophets Jeremiah, Zephaniah and the soon to appear, Habakkuk. This scroll led Josiah to begin a national reformation of proper worship of the Lord and a renewal of the Covenant.
640 BC
  • King Amon of Judah is assassinated.
  • Eight year old Josiah becomes king.
  • Jeremiah is approximately eight years old.
  • Zephaniah is a young boy; Habakkuk is a young man.


632 BC
  • Josiah begins his religious reforms.
  • Jeremiah has grown up in Anathoth with the priests.
628 BC Josiah begins to smash the idols in Judah  
627 BC
  • Jeremiah is called by God to be a prophet to Judah and to the nations.
  • Assyria’s last great king, Ashurbanipal, dies.
  • A Chaldean chieftain named Nabopolassar organizes the Chaldean tribes against Assyria. This is the beginning of the Babylonian empire that Nabopolassar’s son, Nebuchadnezzar, will build to rule the Middle East.

Jeremiah 1, 2, 3
Ashurbanipal dies

Nabopolassar of Chaldeans
626 BC
  • Scythians from the north invade Assyria and weaken their capital city of Nineveh.
  • Nabopolassar from the south drives Assyrians out of Babylon.

Assyria isCollapsing

625 BC Nabopolassar becomes king of Babylon.  
624 BC

Zephaniah, the prophet, writes his book. He discusses:

  1. the present Scythian invasions into Judah
  2. the coming Babylonian destruction 
  3. he coming of the day of the Lord


Zeph. 1-3
623 BC
  • Josiah repairs the temple (age 25).
  • Hilkiah, the priest, finds the Book of the Law, or Deuteronomy.
  • April 14-21 – Josiah celebrates the Passover for the first time in many years.
  • Jeremiah 3:6 – 6:30 are given.
  • Huldah, the prophetess, prophecies to Josiah a message similar to Jeremiah’s.
  • This is approximately the year Daniel was born if we assume Daniel was 18 years old when he was taken into captivity

Law Found in Temple
Jeremiah 3 – 6

Daniel born?
  Christian Quote from Church History

“The Bible has given strength to the freedom fighter and new heart to the persecuted, a blueprint to the social reformer and inspiration to the writer and artist.”
– Gabriel Sivan

Something to Ponder??

Butcher marks have been found on bones of dogs in Ashkelon, one of the Philistine’s five major cities. The conclusion is that the Philistines ate canine meat.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Didomi (Gr) – Give (Eng) – The Greek word didomi generally means “to give”, but the
context can draw out a variety of focuses. In Jesus’ parable in Mark 4:7-8 didomi means
“yielding fruit.” But, in 2 Thessalonians 1:8 didomi means “giving vengeance” and
in John 18:22 and 19:3 didomi means “giving blows.”

Eight Hebrew inscriptions from 800-600 BC have been found containing the culturally popular name Hosea. Most of these are on seals. Twenty-two more of these inscriptions with the longer form of the name, Hoshaiah, have been found on seals and bullae. It was during this time that the prophet Hosea spoke to the kings and people of
northern Israel.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Is there a time when I need to renew my covenant with the Lord?
I will consider what the Lord has done for me in the past.
I will remember what the Lord has required of me yet today and in the future.
I will rejoice in the past, confess my faults and commit to another day of living before the Lord.
  "I instruct you in the
way of wisdom
    and lead you along
straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
    when you run,
you will not stumble."

- Proverbs 4:11-12
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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
(morning only) First Kings 8 1 Chronicles 16
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Heal the broken


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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Solomon's temple mount retaining wall from the first temple western wall
Store rooms in Beersheba (more here) Galyn points at the top of the western retaining wall (or, the original Western Wall) of Solomon's Temple Mount
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