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They Rebuilt the Altar of God

"Then arose Jeshua the son of Jozadak, with his fellow priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel with his kinsmen, and they built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Torah of Moses the man of God. They set the altar in its place, for fear was on them because of the peoples of the lands, and they offered burnt offerings on it to Yahweh, burnt offerings morning and evening." - Ezra 3:2-3 At Cyrus's command, many Jews returned from Babylonia to...

July 26, 2021

Yahweh Stirred Up the Spirit of Cyrus

H - "In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of Yahweh by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, Yahweh stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: 'Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: Yahweh, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be wit...

July 24, 2021

Those Who Sleep Shall Awake

H - “And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above, and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and eve...

July 23, 2021

No Harm to the King

H - "Then Daniel said to the king [Darius], 'O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me because I was found blameless before him. And also before you, O king, I have done no harm.' Then the king was exceedingly glad and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God." - Daniel 6:21-23E - Darius threw Daniel into the lion's de...

July 22, 2021

Fall Down and Worship the Golden Image

H - "And the herald proclaimed aloud,'You are commanded, peoples, nations, and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.'" - Daniel 3:4-6E - Nebuchadnezzar made a huge image of gold and set it up in the plain of Dura in Babylon. He gathered al...

July 20, 2021

Learning and Skill in All Literature and Wisdom

H - "As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams." - Daniel 1:17E - Nebuchadnezzar deported the king of Judah and many top men of Judah to Babylon. Among these men were four Jewish youths--Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. These four were trained at for three years at the university of Babylon for service to Nebuchadnezzar. They could have lost their identity, shed their belief in Yahweh, an...

July 19, 2021

The Nations Will Know

H - "Thus says Lord Yahweh: 'Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone and will gather them from all around and bring them to their own land. And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgress...

July 17, 2021

It Came to the Point

H - "For because of the anger of Yahweh it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence." - 2 Kings 24:20E - Judah's rebellion against God had come to the point where he finally cast them out from his presence, exiling her to Babylon. He had given her chance after chance to turn back to him. He was so patient with her, like a husband patiently waiting for the return of his adulterous wife. But Judah kept following the ways of the nations. She turned her back o...

July 16, 2021

One Heart and One Way

H - "And [Israel] shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul." - Je...

July 15, 2021

Yahweh Persistently Sent the Prophets

H - "'For twenty-three years, from the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, to this day, the word of Yahweh has come to me [Jeremiah], and I have spoken persistently to you [Judah], but you have not listened. You have neither listened nor inclined your ears to hear, although Yahweh persistently sent to you all his servants the prophets saying, "Turn now, every one of you, from his evil way and evil deeds, and dwell upon the land that Yahweh has given to you and your fathers ...

July 14, 2021

Dress Yourself for Work

H - "'But you [Jeremiah], dress yourself for work. Arise and say to [Judah] everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares Yahweh, to deliver you.'" - Jeremiah ...

July 13, 2021

There Was No King Like Him

H - "Before [Josiah] there was no king like him, who turned to Yahweh with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Torah of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him." - 2 Kings 23:25E - Hezekiah was a good king. Manasseh and Amon were horrible kings. Josiah was a great king. When Josiah first heard the words of the Book of the Torah, he tore his clothes (2 Kings 22:11). This showed his heart attitude toward God. He was 26 years old at the time (2 Kings 2...

July 12, 2021

The Customs of the Nations

H -  "And this occurred because the people of Israel had sinned against Yahweh their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods and walked in the customs of the nations whom Yahweh drove out before the people of Israel, and in the customs that the kings of Israel had practiced." - 2 Kings 17:7-8 E - God allowed Assyria to conquer and deport the northern tribes of Israel because they chose to walk in the custo...

July 9, 2021

He Bore the Sin of Many

H - "Therefore I [the Father] will divide him [Jesus] a portion with the many [believers], and he [Jesus] shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors [sinful humanity]. Yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors." - Isaiah 53:12E - God informs Israel, through Isaiah, that his Servant, the Messiah, will suffer and die for the sins of the people. Through this death, payment for sin will be ma...

July 8, 2021

He Shall Be Their Peace

H - "And he [Messiah] shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of Yahweh, in the majesty of the name of Yahweh his God. And they [the remnant of Israel] shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace." - Micah 5:4-5E - Severe discipline is coming upon Samaria and Jerusalem, Israel and Judah. But there will come a time when God raises up a king from the line of Judah and David. This king will be born in Bethlehem, the city of David. H...

July 6, 2021

He Who Is Humble and Contrite in Spirit

H - "'All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares Yahweh. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.'" - Isaiah 66:2E - Isaiah, living around 700 bc, is prophesying about the end of history. God will bless the righteous and punish the wicked. He is on the side of believers and against unbelievers. Human beings have a choice. Much of that choice comes down to one's attitude of humility or pride.A - ...

July 5, 2021

A Word that Shall Not Return

H - "'Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn. From my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.'" - Isaiah 45:22-23E - Isaiah describes how God will raise up a king named Cyrus through whom Israel will be restored to her land. Many will believe Israel is finished, and that the God of Israel is powerless. But at the right time God will a...

July 2, 2021

Holy, Holy, Holy

H - "In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: 'Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh of hosts. The whole earth is full of his glory!'"E - Judah and Israel are in decline as the power of Assyria grows greater and greater. King Uzziah has just died,...

July 1, 2021

Rend Your Hearts and Not Your Garments

H - "'Yet even now,' declares Yahweh, 'return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. And rend your hearts and not your garments.' Return to Yahweh your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loyal love, and he relents over disaster." - Joel 2:12-13E - Joel first announces judgment upon the people and land of Israel. A huge army is coming, probably a reference to Assyria. But in Joel 2:12, the whole tenor changes. If Israel returns...

June 28, 2021

The Fortunes of Israel

H - "'I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them. They shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,' says Yahweh your God." - Amos 9:14-15E - After the Tribulation, in Jesus' 1000-year Millennial kingdom, God will restore the remnant of Israel to their land and bless them wit...

June 27, 2021

The Children of Israel Shall Return

H - "Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek Yahweh their God and David their king, and they shall come in fear to Yahweh and to his goodness in the latter days." - Hosea 3:5E - Yahweh, through the prophet Hosea, likens Israel to an adulteress because she has chosen to worship Baal instead of him. For a long time, Israel will be disciplined. But in the latter days, Israel will return to Yahweh and to his goodness. Israel will again be the people of Yahweh (Romans 11:26-29).A - Thi...

June 26, 2021

The People of Nineveh Believed God

H - "Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, 'Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!' And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them." - Jonah 3:4-5E - God gives Jonah a second chance to go to Nineveh and warn its people of coming judgment. This time Jonah goes and delivers God's message. The people actually listen! They believe the warning and humble themselves bef...

June 25, 2021

Exceeding Fear of Yahweh

H - "So [the men] picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared Yahweh exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to Yahweh and made vows." - Jonah 1:15-16E - The sailors saw Yahweh's dealings with Jonah, and it gave them a great respect for the God of Israel. It took a great storm and then its sudden stoppage to instill this fear.A - Father, so many in New Zealand and the West have no fear of you. You are totally irrelevant to their daily li...

June 24, 2021

Those Who Are with Us Are More

H - "[Elisha] said, 'Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.' Then Elisha prayed and said, 'Yahweh, please open his eyes that he may see.' So Yahweh opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha." - 2 Kings 6:16-17E - Elisha, the man of God, has been informing the king of Israel about the war plans of the king of Syria. The king of Syria is fed up with this and sends an e...

June 23, 2021

A Double Portion of Your Spirit

H - "When they had crossed [the Jordan], Elijah said to Elisha, 'Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.' And Elisha said, 'Please let there be a double portion of your Spirit on me.'" - 2 Kings 2:9E - Elisha has followed Elijah as a disciple for many years, and now God will take up Elijah to heaven. Elijah asks Elisha what he wants before he, Elijah, is taken up. Elijah wisely asks for a double portion of Elijah's spirit. Probably this is a reference to the Holy Spirit who has ...

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