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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

May 8 - Morning

"When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns, the people assembled together as one in Jerusalem. Then Joshua son of Jozadak and his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and his associates began to build the altar of the
God of Israel to sacrifice burnt offerings on it,
in accordance with what is written in the
Law of Moses the man of God.

 Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed
burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the
morning and evening sacrifices.

- Ezra 3:1-3

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
538-536 BC, Zerubbabel Leads Judah Back to Rebuild the Temple Mount Altar    

In 536 BC, three months after the Jews had arrived from Babylon they began to build the altar on the foundation stones (bedrock) of Mount Moriah. The rebuilding and reuse of the altar began in the seventh month called Tishri (Sept/Oct) which is the time the Jews celebrate three of their most important feasts: Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles. The religious leader was Joshua the high priest. The civil leader was Zerubbabel, a descendent of David and the grandson of King Jehoiachin. Zerubbabel served as the governor of the land under the Emperor Cyrus. Zerubbabel had no aspirations to claim the throne of Judah, because he knew his place was under the Persian Empire as a governor of the land of Judah.

  • Darius appoints 120 satraps to rule the kingdom with three administrators over them. One of the administrators is Daniel.
  • Darius plans on putting Daniel over the whole kigdom (Daniel 6:3)
  • King Darius is tricked into putting Daniel, age 85, into the lions den
  • Cyrus allows any Jews to return and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.
  • The Cyrus Cylinder confirms the biblical account of Cyrus liberating the people after he conquered Babylon. See details:

Daniel in the
Lion's Den

Daniel 6

Ezra 1:2

  • Darius the Mede dies and Cyrus takes the title of King of Persia.
  • A remnant of the Jews return to Jerusalem. It has been 70 years since the first captivity in 605 BC counting both the year 605 BC and 537 BC and the 68 years between
    1. 800 mile journey from the Chebar River to Jerusalem
    2. Cyrus provides money, orders for people to assist Jews and the temple’s sacred vessels.
    3. The returning Jews leave in Mar/Apr and arrive in Jerusalem in Jun/July.
Ezra 2

Jews Return 70
Years After FirstCaptivity
  • An angel comes to Daniel after he fasts for 3 weeks.
  • Daniel receives his final revelation in Daniel 10, 11 and 12.
  • Chapter 11 will cover the history from the time of Cyrus (536 BC) up through the Macabbean Revolt against Antiochus Epiphanies (168 BC). The prophecy then continues with the rise of the anti-Christ. (Dn.11:36)
  • Zerubbabel goes to rebuild the temple.
  • The altar is built (Sept/Oct) and the foundation for the temple is laid.
  • Samaritans begin to oppose the Jew’s efforts to rebuild the temple.
    (Ezra 4:1-5)

Daniel 10,11,12
Ezra 3

Altar Rebuilt

Ezra 4:1-5

Jews Opposed

  Christian Quote from Church History

 “Sin will keep you from this Book. This Book will keep you from sin.” - D.L. Moody





Something to Ponder??

2 Chronicles 7:5 records Solomon’s priests sacrificing 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep/goats at the dedication of the Temple. This last fifteen days, so it figures that 16 animals were sacrificed every minute by the priests for 10 hours a day for the 15 days.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Zaraq (Hb) – Sprinkle (Eng) – the Hebrew word zaraq means “to throw” and is used to refer to sprinkling, or scattering blood on the altar in Lev. 1:5, 11; 3:2, 8, 13. In Ex. 9:8-10 a handful
of dust is zaraq into the air and in Ezekiel 36:25 water is zaraq for purification.




It has been taught in high education, including in Christian seminaries, that Moses predated the age of writing and so he could not have written the texts of Scripture the Bible assigns to him. This is an ignorant and outdated position since archaeology has shown repeatedly that writing existed much early than Moses and much, much earlier than liberal scholars could imagine. For example, the black stele that was discovered containing the inscriptions of Hammurabi’s Code (or, the laws of Hammurabi) was over 300 years older than Moses and his writing and
editorial work.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I know what God has called and equipped me to do?
Am I content with my talent, calling and assignment from God?
I will discover, develop and distribute the gifts and responsibilities God has given me.

  "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
    I possess knowledge and discretion.
To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
    I hate pride and arrogance,
    evil behavior and
perverse speech."

- Proverbs 8:12-13
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 11 First Kings 15 Psalm 25, 29, 33
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Ask God to show you habits and practices and values that need to change

Submission to God’s Plan and Direction

United States Marines

Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Public latrine, restroom, Beit Shean

Map of Ezekiel 27

Map of Ezekiel 27

Public latrine in Beth Shean from New Testament times. It is located right beside the large public theater. (Video below)  
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