From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 9/13:

Today Zechariah tells the people who have returned to Judah that their current situation is only temporary. He says the day will come when the Lord will destroy their oppressors and He will bring forth the promised King, the Messiah, who will rule Israel and the nations. Many commentators believe that the destruction of Israel’s enemies from the north occurred under the reign of Alexander the Great, the king of the ancient Greek kingdom. However, the Lord speaks of a coming King who is quite the opposite of the conqueror Alexander the Great. When King Jesus arrives on the scene, he isn’t going to ride into Jerusalem as a conquering general on a stallion. He is going to ride into Jerusalem on a donkey as a King of peace. Zechariah speaks of this triumphal entry -“Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem; the battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.’”

Jesus will partly fulfill this prophecy when He triumphantly rides into Jerusalem on a donkey (Matthew 21:1-11). A week later He will be crucified and three days later He will defeat death by His resurrection, providing salvation for those who put their trust in Him. Jesus isn’t coming as the conquering king the Jews are expecting, who would take down the Roman Empire. However, one day He is coming back as the conquering King who will defeat all evil for good. Jesus will fulfill this prophecy during His second coming when the entire world will be under His authority. 

Zechariah uses the image of shepherds to describe Judah’s unfaithful leaders. Since the leaders of Judah abused their power, the Lord is going to remove them and provide a new shepherd for His flock. The Lord will have compassion on His people who were once scattered like a sheep without a shepherd – “I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back, because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; for I am the Lord their God, and I will hear them.” The Lord is beginning this process of restoration during the Return Era as the Jews are returning to Judah from exile. However, the restoration will ultimately extend beyond Judah to include Northern Israel which was destroyed by the Assyrians in 722 BC. 

Zechariah pretends to be a shepherd tending to a flock doomed to the slaughter, representing how the Lord removed His protection over His people in the past and allowed their enemies to oppress them because of their rebellion. Eventually Zechariah becomes impatient with the flock and the flock begins to detest him, so he resigns from his position as shepherd. Zechariah receives a small payment of thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave, which he rejects by throwing it to a potter who works in the house of the Lord. Then the flock is handed over to worthless shepherds who will not care for them.

Zechariah’s acting as a shepherd is symbolic of what will happen when Jesus Christ arrives on the scene as the Good Shepherd. Jesus will be rejected and betrayed for the pitiful price of thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 27:3-10, John 10:25-27). However, the Lord promises to ultimately judge the worthless shepherds who lead the people astray – “Woe to the worthless shepherd, who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm and against his right eye; his arm shall completely wither, and his right eye shall be totally blinded.”

The remaining chapters in the Book of Zechariah, chapters 12-14, focus on the hope for the house of David and the Lord’s future plans to lead them to repentance and to cleanse them from their sins – “The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah. In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”

The Son of God, Jesus, is coming as the final Sacrifice. His head will be pierced with thorns, His hands and feet will be pierced with nails, and His side will be pierced with a spear. When the people realize that they crucified their Savior, they will mourn which will lead them to repentance. As Charles Spurgeon says, “A great mistake is very common among all classes of men – it is currently believed that we are first of all to mourn for our sins, and then to look by faith to our Lord Jesus Christ. Most persons who have any concern about their souls, but are not as yet enlightened by the Spirit of God, think that there is a degree of tenderness of conscience, and of hatred of sin, which they are to obtain somehow or other, and then they will be permitted and authorized to look to Jesus Christ. Now you will perceive that this is not according to the Scripture, for, according to the text before us men first look upon him whom they have pierced, and then, but not till then, they mourn for their sin.”

The Lord says He is going to strike the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, as the final atoning Sacrifice for the sins of His people; and when He does, the people will scatter. This will be a time of great tribulation and testing where many people will die. However, the end result is the Lord refining His people through the trials where they will be united as one – “They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

The Book of Zechariah ends with a warning that terrible days are ahead for Jerusalem but in the end the Lord will fight for His people. Then all the nations will come to Jerusalem to worship the Lord in the glory of the Messiah’s Kingdom during the millennium; and memorial sacrifices will be made as the people look back on the perfect work of salvation that Jesus Christ completed on the cross and by His resurrection.  

Tomorrow there is a dedication to the new temple and we meet a lady named Esther, so keep reading.

(Zechariah 9:1-14:21)

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From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 9/12:

Today we read the eighth vision that Zechariah received in one night. Zechariah sees four chariots roaming the earth, similar to what he saw in the first vision, bringing the series of visions together. The vision illustrates the judgment upon the enemies of God so His people will have rest.  

Then the Lord tells Zechariah to make an elaborate crown and place it on the head of Joshua, the high priest, and say, “Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, and He shall build the temple of the Lord; Yes, He shall build the temple of the Lord. He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule on His throne; so He shall be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.” 

It is unusual to crown a priest because priests are not kings and kings are not priests. However, the crowning of Joshua is a foreshadowing of the coming High Priest and King of all kings, Jesus Christ, that the Lord is sending to redeem His people.

Nothing will stop the Lord’s plans, although many try as we read about another attempt made to stop the rebuilding of the temple. Tattenai, “the governor of the region beyond the River,” and others ask the Jews, “‘Who has commanded you to build this temple and finish this wall?’ Then, accordingly, we told them the names of the men who were constructing this building.” So Tattenai writes a letter to King Darius to verify their response. 

When King Darius receives the letter, he retrieves the decree issued by King Cyrus allowing the Jews to return to rebuild Jerusalem. Therefore, he responds to Tattenai by saying, “Keep yourselves far from there. Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God on its site.” King Darius also tells Tattenai to pay the cost of rebuilding the temple from taxes on the region beyond the River and to give the Jews anything else that they need day by day without fail. “Then Tattenai, governor of the region beyond the River, Shethar-Boznai, and their companions diligently did according to what King Darius had sent.”

We end the reading with the people asking if they should still fast now that the exile is over and the temple is almost complete. The Lord tells the people that fasting for show or self-pity accomplishes nothing. The purpose of fasting is to bring humility and repentance which leads to righteousness. God promises to restore His people and to turn their fast into “joy and gladness and cheerful feasts” which will result in the multiplication of His people – “In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”

The Lord is restoring His people through His plan of sending the Branch, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins and give us new life. The Lord desires for us to walk in the newness of life so that our lives will draw others into the fellowship of Christ. How wonderful for someone to look at your life and say, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

Zechariah speaks more about the coming Savior tomorrow, so keep reading!

(Zechariah 6:1-15, Ezra 5:3-6:13, Zechariah 7:1-8:23)

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From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 9/11:

In October of 520 B.C., about sixty-six years after the original temple was destroyed, the Lord speaks to Haggai, telling him to encourage Zerubbabel the governor of Judah and Joshua the high priest to continue the rebuilding of the temple – “‘Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord; ‘and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!’”

The people were comparing the new temple with the splendor of the old temple. The Lord says, “The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former.” And the glory will be greater for Jesus Christ, the Son of God, will one day preach in this new temple. The Lord promises that “in this place I will give peace.” There will be no greater peace than the peace available through a relationship with Jesus, the Prince of Peace, who restores us to His father and secures our eternal destiny.

God calls the people to consider their current situation since they resumed rebuilding the temple. Although it has been a rough road, the Lord says, “But from this day I will bless you.” The Lord promises an abundant harvest for His people who are now walking in obedience.

The Lord tells Zerubbabel, “I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant…and I will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you.” As a descendant of the last legitimate king of Judah, Jehoiachin, Zerubbabel is chosen by God to bring forth the Messiah through his lineage.

We also hear from Zechariah, a priest who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel. He works alongside Haggai, Zerubbabel, and Ezra, encouraging the people to complete the task they have begun with the rebuilding and warning them of the consequences for neglecting the work of the Lord. Zechariah urges the people to repent and draw near to the Lord for the Lord will draw near to them.

We read seven of eight visions that God gave Zechariah in one night. The visions reveal God’s plans for Jerusalem, the temple, and the coming Messiah:

  1. The horseman among the myrtle tree – The horseman explains that the Lord sent them to walk to and fro throughout the earth and they have found peace. The Lord promises to restore Jerusalem – “My cities shall again spread out through prosperity; the Lord will again comfort Zion, and will again choose Jerusalem.”
  2. The four horns and four craftsmen – The horns represent the four kingdoms that opposed Israel: Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, and Medo-Persia. The craftsmen are coming to “cast out the horns of the nations that lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it”, revealing that the Lord will defeat the enemies of Israel.
  3. The surveyor – Zechariah sees a man with a measuring line who tells him he is going to measure the city of Jerusalem. The Lord promises that Jerusalem will be revived – “ ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it. For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ ”
  4. Cleansing for the High Priest – Joshua, the high priest, is standing before the Angel of the Lord in filthy clothes and Satan is there to oppose him. The Lord rebukes Satan and says to Joshua, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” The Lord goes on to say, “‘For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH. For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.’” This vision is symbolic for Israel being restored as a nation and predicts the arrival of the coming Messiah. Jesus Christ is the ultimate High Priest who is coming to die for us so that we too will be cleansed from our sins and washed white as snow before the Lord.
  5. The lampstand and two olive trees – The olive trees are symbolic for Zerubbabel the governor of Judah and Joshua the high priest; and the lampstand represents the temple of the Lord whose foundation is being laid once again by the people of God.
  6. A flying scroll – The scroll flying over the earth represents God’s judgment upon the unrepentant who walk in defiance to the Lord.
  7. A woman in a basket – A woman is sitting inside of a basket named Wickedness. The basket is sealed and two women carry the basket off to Babylon where the wickedness would be released and eventually destroyed. As illustrated in this vision, the Lord is restoring and cleanings His people from idolatry and evil so that they may faithfully serve Him. Through the cleansing by the blood of Jesus, our wickedness is also taken away; so when the Lord looks at those who have trusted in Christ as their Savior, He doesn’t see our righteousness but the righteousness of His Son Jesus. The disciple of Jesus, John, will have a similar vision during the End Time Era where the religious Babylon, which represents all wordly and satanic idolatry, will be destroyed (Revelation 17).

Tomorrow another attempt is made to stop the rebuilding; however, no matter what man does, nothing can stop the plans and purposes of the Lord. Keep reading.

(Haggai 2:1-9, Zechariah 1:1-6, Haggai 2:10-19, Ezra 5:2, Haggai 2:20-23, Zechariah 1:7-5:11)

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From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 9/10:

It has been two years since the first wave of exiles returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. The rebuilding has stopped because of opposition from the ones surrounding them. During this time, Daniel is over in Babylon mourning for God’s people. At the end of his three weeks of mourning he receives a vision – “Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. And he said to me, ‘O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.’ While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. Then he said to me, ‘Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.’”

The angel tells Daniel about a spiritual warfare occurring in the heavenly realms. He says he would’ve been there sooner to encourage Daniel but he was held up for twenty-one days by the evil prince of Persia until Michael, one of the chief angels, arrived and helped him. Daniel knows that we not only face earthly battles that we can see but there is also much more going on behind the scenes that we can’t see. However, we can trust that the Lord is always fighting for His people and His ultimate victory will come in His perfect timing.

“Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. And he said, ‘O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!’” After Daniel is strengthen by the Lord, the angel gives Daniel insight about future conflicts between the nations. Then the angel speaks of a final world dictator, the Antichrist – “he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done… yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.”

“At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”

David Guzik from Enduring Word explains this passage – “The Jewish people have known many a time of trouble through their history. From the horrors at the fall of Samaria and Jerusalem to the terrors wrought by Antiochus Epiphanes, to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, to the persecutions from the church during the Dark Ages, to the pogroms of Europe, to the 20th Century Holocaust, it often seems that all Israel’s history has been a time of trouble. Yet this time of trouble will be different. This will be a worse time of trouble than Israel has ever seen before.” And although there is going to be a great time of trouble, deliverance is assured for those who trust in Christ as their Savior.

We end the Book of Daniel with the Lord instructing Daniel to seal the words that were given to him in this book. Daniel doesn’t understand all that was revealed to him, so the Lord tells him not to worry about trying to figure it all out. God simply says to Daniel, “But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.” And the same is true for me and you. We can’t begin to know all that the Lord is doing behind the scenes to accomplish His plans and purposes in His perfect timing. We must stay the course and focus on  what God has specifically called us to do until the end, looking forward to the day that we will receive our eternal inheritance. 

Over in Judah, the Lord sends Haggai and Zechariah to encourage the people to continue rebuilding the temple. The Lord says he has sent a drought on the land because the people have neglected rebuilding His house while they went to rebuild their own homes. “So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God, on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of King Darius.”

Tomorrow the people continue rebuilding the temple as they are called to return to the Lord. Keep reading.

(Daniel 10:1-12:13, Ezra 4:24-5:1, Haggai 1:1-15)

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From today’s reading in Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible dated 9/9:

Just as the people went into captivity in three waves, they return from captivity in three waves. The first wave of people, led by Zerubbabel, a descendant of King Jehoiachin from King David’s bloodline, and Jeshua, the priest, return to rebuild the temple in 538 B.C. Ezra will lead the second wave and return Bible literacy to the people. The third wave will be led by Nehemiah when they will rebuild Jerusalem’s walls and establish a government with Nehemiah as governor.

When the first wave returns, Zerubbabel and Jeshua rebuild the altar on the same ground where it once stood in Jerusalem. Then they gather the people as one in Jerusalem and worship the Lord with offerings and by keeping the feasts as written in the law. Zerubbabel and Jeshua lead the people in rebuilding the temple, with the Levites appointed to oversee the work of the house of the Lord. When the foundation is laid they sing praises to the Lord: “For He is good, for his mercy endures forever toward Israel.” There are mixed emotions in the crowd of people. The younger ones, who don’t remember the first temple or who were born in exile and never saw the first temple, are rejoicing with great joy. However, the older ones who remember the glory of the first temple and how the glory of the Lord departed are weeping because the new temple is not as magnificent as what they once remembered. 

While they are building, some men of the region come and try to discourage the people of Judah. “They troubled them in building, and hired counselors against them to frustrate their purposes all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.” “Therefore, the opposition continued over a period of about 20 years, up to the completion of the temple in 516 B.C. The discouragement apparently involved turning local officials against the project. Even though the project actually had the full authority of King Cyrus behind it, local enemies would exploit the distance of Jerusalem from the imperial center to their own advantage.” – (ESV Study Bible) 

The people weeping over the foundation of the new temple are being emotionally led by what they see instead of trusting the Lord and His plan that He is working behind the scenes. The people don’t know that one day the Messiah, who is coming as the final Sacrifice to take away the sins of the world, is going to preach in this very temple that they are building. The Lord will continue to urge the people to trust Him and walk with Him by faith until the work is complete, believing that He is working all things for the good of those who love Him. 

Tomorrow Daniel receives another vision over in Babylon, so keep reading.

(Ezra 2:1-4:5, 1 Chronicles 3:19-24)

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From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 9/23:

From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 9/23:

Today we finish the Return Era 🎉 by hearing from Malachi and Joel AND we will complete the Silent Era 🎉!

Malachi – Malachi addresses 1) marriage, 2) the coming messenger and Messiah, 3) tithing and offerings, and 4) the coming judgment.

1) Malachi calls marriage “The Lord’s holy institution which He loves.” He warns against intermarrying outside of the faith bc this would lead the people away from the Lord. He also says that marriage is to be a lifetime commitment between a man and woman.

2) Malachi speaks of the coming messenger and Messiah. John the Baptist, the messenger, will come and announce the arrival of Jesus Christ, the Messiah (Luke 7:27).

3) Malachi says the people have robbed God by not being generous with their tithing and offerings. The people should give to God willingly and with joy since it is all from the Lord anyway.

4) Malachi concludes by telling the people to “Remember the Law of Moses” bc God’s judgment is coming. The Lord is sending Elijah (a reference to John the Baptist) to call the people to repentance before Jesus comes on the scene. John the Baptist will come in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:17) but “they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands” (Matthew 17:12). Jesus will bring the world salvation through His death and resurrection but He will come back a second time to judge the world.

Joel – (Scholars disagree on when Joel prophesied. Some place him earlier in the Story, as a prophet to Judah during the Divided Kingdom Era, but Tyndale’s One Year Chronological Bible places him here, at the end of the Return Era.)

Joel’s ministry is during a great locusts plague but Joel says that an even more horrific time is coming. “For the day of the Lord is at hand; It shall come as destruction from the Almighty.” Joel tells the people to turn their hearts (not just an outward act) to the Lord, for there they will find hope. “Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.” “Then the Lord will be zealous for His land, and pity His people.” Joel says the Lord will pour out His Spirit on males and females, young and old, slave and free. “ I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy…That whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Later in the Story, Peter will quote Joel when the Holy Spirit is poured upon the people and others confuse them as being drunk (Acts 2:14-21). Joel concludes by saying that the Lord will judge all the nations. “But the Lord will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”

Silent Era – The Silent Era is the period between the Old Testament and the New Testament. During this time, after the preaching of Malachi in the Hebrew canon, as prophesied by Amos (Amos 8:11), the Lord does not speak through prophets or other scripture. This period of time lasts about 400 years. Although the Lord is silent, He is not inactive. During this time, Greek becomes the common language and the Hebrew Scriptures are translated into Greek. In addition, the Roman road system is established. These things are all in place before the arrival of Jesus Christ enabling the Good News to spread further and faster.

And with that said, the Gospel Era starts tomorrow so keep reading! ✝️

(Malachi 2:10-4:6 Joel 1:1-3:21)

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14 Eras:

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) ✅

Return Era (Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi) ✅

Silent Era (Inter-Testament period) ✅

Gospel Era (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) is up next!

Eras to follow:

Church, Missions, and End Times/New Beginnings

From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 9/22:

Today the people celebrate a dedication of the wall of Jerusalem with a parade led by 2 large thanksgiving choirs and the people rejoice so greatly “that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.”

After serving as governor of Judah for 12 years, Nehemiah returns to Artaxerxes king of Babylon. Nehemiah says that when he was governor he did not demand the governor’s provisions as the other governors had done in the past bc he didn’t want to place any more burden on the people. Nehemiah calls upon the Lord to remember him “for good, according to all that I have done for this people.”

Nehemiah is granted permission to return back to Judah where he discovers that the people have neglected the house of the Lord and the Word of God. So Nehemiah rebukes the rulers and sets the house of God back in order. He forces the people to honor the Sabbath and condemns the ones who intermarried with pagan nations. Nehemiah says remember what happened to Solomon, the wisest king whom there was no other like; “Nevertheless pagan women caused even him to sin.”

We end the reading meeting the prophet Malachi who ensures the returned remnant of God’s love for them. He takes them back in the Story to the time when God chose Jacob over Esau to receive his covenantal blessings and to work His plan of sending our Savior. Although Israel was punished for their disobedience, the Lord restored them and is committed to them which is proof of His love for them. God did not make the same covenant to Esau’s descendants, Edom, and they will be judged for their wickedness and not restored like Israel.

Malachi goes on to rebuke the priests who were accepting unworthy sacrifices. He tells them the Lord is worthy of their honor bc He is their Father, Master, and King! Malachi tells the priests that their lives should be an example for the others. “For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, and people should seek the law from his mouth…But you have departed from the way; you have caused many to stumble at the law.”

Tomorrow more from Malachi and we hear from the prophet Joel bringing an end to the Return Era! 🎉 Keep reading.

(Nehemiah 12:27-13:6a, Nehemiah 5:14-19, Nehemiah 13:6b-31, Malachi 1:1-2:9)

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From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 9/21:

“Now the leaders of the people dwelt at Jerusalem; the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to dwell in Jerusalem, the holy city, and nine-tenths were to dwell in other cities. And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.” The ones willing to live in Jerusalem are taking a risk with their lives since the city of Jerusalem is constantly under the evil plots of all their enemies. They are also giving up the opportunity to harvest land by not being in the country. The lives of the ones choosing to live in Jerusalem display a love for the Lord and His people.

The priests, Levites, and the Nethinim are responsible for the care of the new temple. The priests are the descendants of Aaron and they perform the sacrifices and tend to the Holy Place in the temple. The Levites have various duties such as singers, musicians, teachers, guards, etc. The Nethinims are the temple assistants. Research suggests the Nethinim were likely non-Israelite captives that were spared but assigned to the work of the temple, such as the Gibeonites (Joshua 9:26-27) whom King David organized into a class of people to perform the work of the temple (Ezra 8:20). So the care of the second temple is structured in the same manner as King David did with the first temple.

Remember in the wilderness, as a result of the Balaam and Balak encounter, the Lord told Phinehas, Eleazar’s son, that his descendants would have a perpetual priesthood after Phinehas showed his zeal for the Lord by killing Zimri and Cozbi (Numbers 25)? Today we see that the Lord honored him; “And Phinehas the son of Eleazar had been the officer over them in the past; the Lord was with him.”

Tomorrow the people perform a dedication for the wall of Jerusalem and Nehemiah returns back to Artaxerxes king of Babylon. Will Nehemiah remain in Babylon? Keep reading to find out.

(Nehemiah 11:1-12:26, 1 Chronicles 9:1-34)

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From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 9/20:

Today the people observe the Feast of Tabernacles which they learn about from the reading of the Book of the Law. “So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness. Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God.”

The Feast of Tabernacles has been celebrated since the days of Joshua (1 Kings 8:2, 1 Kings 8:65-66, Ezra 3:4) but not with such zeal for God’s Word. In the Conquest Era, when Joshua led the people in conquering the promised land, the people were celebrating being settled into the land, much like the celebration in Jerusalem that Nehemiah is describing. The remnant has returned from captivity in Babylon and are celebrating their renewed life with the Lord in their homeland.

“Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads. Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.” Then the Levites tell the magnificent Story of the Lord to the children of Israel, beginning with the Exodus Era, through where they are at this point in the Return Era: “You saw the affliction of our

fathers in Egypt…And You divided the sea before them…You came down also on Mount Sinai…and gave them just ordinances and true laws…And told them to possess the land which You had sworn to give them…they refused to obey…they made a molded calf for themselves…Yet in Your manifold mercies You did not forsake them in the wilderness…Forty years You sustained them…You gave them kingdoms and nations…You also multiplied their children…And brought them into the land…Nevertheless they were disobedient…You delivered them into the hands of their enemies…You gave them deliverers who saved them…Yet they would not listen…You did not utterly consume them nor forsake them; For You are God, gracious and merciful.”

We end the reading with the people agreeing to walk with the Lord and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord.

Tomorrow we read about the growing population in Jerusalem as well as the priests and Levites who will minister to the people, so keep reading.

(Nehemiah 8:13-10:39)

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From today’s reading in the One Year Chronological Bible dated 9/19:

After the wall is completed, the Lord puts it in Nehemiah’s heart to register the people according to genealogy. At the end of the list of genealogy, Nehemiah says that all the people then dwelt in their cities.

Now that the people are physically secure, Nehemiah and Ezra decide it is time to make sure the people are spiritually secure. So the people gather in the open square and Ezra brings the Book of the Law of Moses and reads “from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.”

“And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.’” The Levites encourage the people who are weeping over their sin to be joyful bc of the renewed relationship with the Lord. “And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them.”

See, it’s one thing to read or hear God’s Word, but to read or hear God’s Word with understanding brings great joy and blessings! So keep reading! 📖 🙌

(Nehemiah 7:4-8:12)

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