From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 8/6:
Today Jeremiah tells the people, who would never heed God’s words, the horrors that will occur when Jerusalem is besieged. There will be a great famine and the people will resort to cannibalism. 😳 Then Jeremiah smashes a potter’s flask symbolizing their inevitable calamities.
Pashhur the priest hears these words and is furious. So he beats Jeremiah and throws him in the stocks until the next morning. When Pashhur releases him, Jeremiah tells Pashhur that he and all his family will be taken as captives to Babylon where they will die with his friends, “To whom you have prophesied lies.”
Jeremiah’s calling upon his life creates quite the personal struggle for him. If he shares God’s words he is mocked and beaten. But Jeremiah can’t stay silent bc, “His word was in my heart like a burning fire.” Jeremiah’s calling causes him so much angst that he even curses being born but Jeremiah will stay faithful to the Lord no matter the cost.
God never promises it will be easy but He does promise to be with us through it. We will soon see more examples of God remaining with His people through the difficult with Daniel and his friends.
This concludes the Divided Kingdom Era! 🎉
We kick off the Captivity Era ⛓ which occurs in 3 waves: 1) 605 BC when Daniel and his friends are taken to Babylon, 2) 597 BC when Ezekiel and King Jehoiachin are taken to Babylon, and 3) 587/586 BC when most of Jerusalem is destroyed by Babylon.
Today we begin with the Book of Daniel. In 605 BC Babylon besieges Jerusalem and Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, tells the master of his eunuchs (a eunuch is a man who has been castrated to serve in the court), “To bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.”
This is when we meet Daniel and his buddies. Nebuchadnezzar changes their names: “He gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego.”
Daniel and his friends are determined to serve and honor the Lord in this foreign land. “As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” “And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.”
Tomorrow Nebuchadnezzar has a dream and things get hot for Daniel’s friends. Keep reading.
(Jeremiah 19:1-20:18, Daniel 1:1-21)
Creation Era (Gen 1:1-11:26)✅
Patriarch Era (Gen 11:27-50:26 and Job)✅
Exodus Era (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) ✅
Conquest Era (Joshua) ✅
Judges Era (Judges, Ruth) ✅
Kingdom Era (1,2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles 1-9, 1 Kings 1-11, various Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon) ✅
Divided Kingdom Era (2 Chronicles 10-36, 1 Kings 11-22, 2 Kings, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, and some of Jeremiah) ✅
Captivity Era (the rest of Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel) up now!
Eras to follow:
Return, Silent, Gospel, Church, Missions, and End Times/New Beginnings