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May 6 - Evening

"Now Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. He encamped outside the city and built siege works all around it. The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat. Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled at night through the gate between the two walls near the king’s garden, though the Babylonians were surrounding the city. They fled toward the Arabah, but the Babylonian army pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered, and he was captured. He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah, where sentence was pronounced on him. They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. Then they put out his eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon."
- Second Kings 24:20-25:7

589-586 BC, Zedekiah Rebels Against Nebuchadnezzar and Jerusalem is Destroyed 

In 589 BC Zedekiah rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar because Egyptian Pharaoh Hophra (Apries) (image of Hophra/Apries) had promised to support the revolt with the Egyptian military (Jeremiah 44:30). Nebuchadnezzar shut down the Egyptian advance, destroyed the fortresses in the land of Judah and began a siege on Jerusalem in 588. By 586 the land of Judah was in ruins, Jerusalem had been burnt, the temple destroyed and the people were marching as captives into Babylon.

Zedekiah himself marched to Babylon, but only after Nebuchadnezzar made Zedekiah watch his sons be killed and then have his own years gouged out of his head. (Prophesied by Ezekiel 12:13)

Nebuchadnezzar had given orders to find Jeremiah, release Jeremiah and invite Jeremiah to come live with Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. But, if Jeremiah wanted to stay in the land of Judah, to give him provisions, a reward and let him live where he wanted. (Jeremiah 40:1-6)

589 BC
Zedekiah Revolts
Pharaoh Hophra promises Judah that Egypt will help Zedekiah’s revolt against Nebuchadnezzar.

588 BC
Ezekiel 24

Final Siege Begins

2 Kings 25:1
  • January 15, Ezekiel sees the boiling kettle
  • January 15, Ezekiel’s wife dies.
  • January 15, Babylon marches against Judah. (2 Kings 25:1)

587 BC
Ezekiel 29

Jeremiah 37

Babylon Fights Egypt Break in Siege

Jeremiah 30,31,32,33,34

Jeremiah 38

Jeremiah 21
Jeremiah is in a dungeon, courtyard and a cistern
  • Nebuzar-Adan begins reigning with Nebuchadnezzar.
  • Nebuzar-Adan is in charge of the Jerusalem siege.
  • January 7 – Ezekiel chapter 29, a prophecy against Egypt
  • Egypt comes to help Jerusalem but Babylonians leave Judah to fight Pharaoh Hophra.
  • Jeremiah attempts to leave Jerusalem during the break in the siege to go to the territory of Benjamin to buy some property. (Jer. 37:11-17)
  • Jeremiah is put in a vaulted dungeon cell. (Jer. 37:16-21)
  • Jeremiah is put in the courtyard by Zedekiah. (Jer. 37:21)
  • Jeremiah has a dream of Israel’s pleasant future while he is in the courtyard. (Jer. 30-31)
  • Jeremiah buys the field while he is in the courtyard. (Jer. 32)
  • Jeremiah promises there will be restoration. (Jer. 33)
  • Zedekiah sends for Jeremiah. (Jer. 21)
  • Jeremiah is thrown into the cistern. (Jer. 38)
  • Jeremiah gives Zedekiah a final warning; the slaves in Jerusalem are released but taken back. (Jer. 34)

586 BC
Jerusalem’s Walls Fall July 18 Temple is Destroyed Jerusalem Burnt August 14

Jeremiah 38-44
Jeremiah 52
Psalm 74 Psalm 79 Psalm 94

Nebuzar-Adan Releases and Rewards Jeremiah
  • Egypt has been driven back and the Babylonian siege at Jerusalem has resumed.
  • July, there is no food left inside Jerusalem.
  • July 18, Babylon breaks through the walls. The siege lasted two and a half years.
  • Ezekiel prophecies that Zedekiah will come to Babylon but he will not see Babylon. (Ezekiel 12:13)
  • Jeremiah 39 and 52
  • August 14, Nebuzar-Adan returns to burn Jerusalem.
  • Psalms 74, 79 and 94 are written.
  • Jeremiah writes the book of Lamentations.
  • Nebuzar-Adan looks for and finds Jeremiah. Jeremiah is released from his chains.
  • Jeremiah is invited to go to Babylon as a royal guest.
  • Jeremiah chooses to stay in Judah.
  • Jeremiah is given provisions and a money gift from King Nebuchadnezzar. (Jer. 40:1-6)
Antilego (Gr) – Speak Against  (Eng) – antilego is created by combining anti, which means “against,” with the Greek word lego which means “to say.” Anti-lego then literally means “to speak against.” Antilego can be translated “speak against,” “to contradict” and “oppose.”
Some translations use the word “gainsayers” to communicate
I will serve the Lord today in spite of difficulties and suffering. I know today is not the final score and results of today’s events are still unknown. The end game is eternity.

Bible Reading Descriptions Here


(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text


Confess sin


Spirit of Giving
Middle Class

Remains of Beersheba
Church of the Annunciation beside Muslim anti-Christian signs and speakers used for call to Muslim prayer in Nazareth

Someone to Quote

“It would be a dangerous error to imagine that the characteristics of an historical religion would be maintained if the Christ of the theologians were divorced from the Jesus of history.” – Herbert Butterfield

Something to Ponder

Nehemiah’s Jerusalem enclosed about 50 acres with 1.5 miles of wall. The enclosed city included the old city of David, the Ophel and the Temple Mount.

Here’s a Fact

Tiglath-pileser of Assyria collected tribute from northern kingdom of Israel in the early stages of the Assyrian oppression during the reign of Israel king Menahem (745-737). Menahem was king of Israel according to 2 Kings 15:17-22. This is recorded in Assyrian records inscribed on slabs found at Calah. These Assyrian inscriptions say:
“I received tribute from Kushtashpi of Commagene, Rezon of Damascus, Menahem of Samaria, Hiram of Tyre, Sibittibi’li of Byblos…gold, silver, tin, iron, elephant-hides, ivory, linen garments with multicolored trimmings, blue-dyed wool, purple-dyed wool, ebony-wood, boxwood-wood, whatever was precious…”


"There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable
to him:
  • haughty eyes
  • a lying tongue
  • hands that shed innocent blood
  • a heart that devises wicked schemes
  • feet that are quick to rush into evil
  • a false witness who pours out lies
  • a person who stirs up conflict in the community."

- Proverbs 6:16-19

Coach’s Corner

Even though your chance to work for the Lord on earth ends when you are gone, the Lord’s work through what you did and who you influence may continue for many more years. Because of this be sure to leave something behind for the Lord to work with here on earth after you are gone.

Jeremiah 44:30
New International Version (NIV)
30 This is what the Lord says: ‘I am going to deliver Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hands of his enemies who want to kill him, just as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the enemy who wanted to kill him.’”
Ezekiel 12:13
New International Version (NIV)
13 I will spread my net for him, and he will be caught in my snare; I will bring him to Babylonia, the land of the Chaldeans, but he will not see it, and there he will die.
Jeremiah 40:1-6
New International Version (NIV)
Jeremiah Freed
40 The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord after Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had released him at Ramah. He had found Jeremiah bound in chains among all the captives from Jerusalem and Judah who were being carried into exile to Babylon. When the commander of the guard found Jeremiah, he said to him, “The Lord your God decreed this disaster for this place. And now the Lord has brought it about; he has done just as he said he would. All this happened because you people sinned against the Lord and did not obey him. But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists. Come with me to Babylon, if you like, and I will look after you; but if you do not want to, then don’t come. Look, the whole country lies before you; go wherever you please.” However, before Jeremiah turned to go, Nebuzaradan added, “Go back to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed over the towns of Judah, and live with him among the people, or go anywhere else you please.”
Then the commander gave him provisions and a present and let him go.
So Jeremiah went to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah and stayed with him among the people who were left behind in the land.
1 Kings 12
New International Version (NIV)
Israel Rebels Against Rehoboam
12 Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone there to make him king. When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt. So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and the whole assembly of Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him: “Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”
Rehoboam answered, “Go away for three days and then come back to me.” So the people went away.
Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked.
They replied, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.”
But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?”
10 The young men who had grown up with him replied, “These people have said to you, ‘Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter.’ Now tell them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. 11 My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.’”
12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, “Come back to me in three days.” 13 The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders, 14 he followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.” 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from the Lord, to fulfill the word the Lord had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.
16 When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king:
“What share do we have in David,     what part in Jesse’s son? To your tents, Israel!     Look after your own house, David!”
So the Israelites went home. 17 But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still ruled over them.
18 King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram, who was in charge of forced labor, but all Israel stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem. 19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
20 When all the Israelites heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. Only the tribe of Judah remained loyal to the house of David.
21 When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he mustered all Judah and the tribe of Benjamin—a hundred and eighty thousand able young men—to go to war against Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam son of Solomon.
22 But this word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God: 23 “Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah, to all Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, 24 ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers, the Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’” So they obeyed the word of the Lord and went home again, as the Lord had ordered.
Golden Calves at Bethel and Dan
25 Then Jeroboam fortified Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. From there he went out and built up Peniel.
26 Jeroboam thought to himself, “The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David. 27 If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam.”
28 After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” 29 One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan. 30 And this thing became a sin; the people came to worship the one at Bethel and went as far as Dan to worship the other.
31 Jeroboam built shrines on high places and appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites. 32 He instituted a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the festival held in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. This he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves he had made. And at Bethel he also installed priests at the high places he had made. 33 On the fifteenth day of the eighth month, a month of his own choosing, he offered sacrifices on the altar he had built at Bethel. So he instituted the festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to make offerings.
Psalm 101
New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 101
Of David. A psalm.

I will sing of your love and justice;     to you, Lord, I will sing praise.

I will be careful to lead a blameless life—     when will you come to me?
I will conduct the affairs of my house
    with a blameless heart.

I will not look with approval     on anything that is vile.
I hate what faithless people do;
    I will have no part in it.

The perverse of heart shall be far from me;     I will have nothing to do with what is evil.

Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret,     I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,     I will not tolerate.

My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,     that they may dwell with me; the one whose walk is blameless     will minister to me.

No one who practices deceit     will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely     will stand in my presence.

Every morning I will put to silence     all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer     from the city of the Lord.
Psalm 105
New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 105

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;     make known among the nations what he has done.

Sing to him, sing praise to him;     tell of all his wonderful acts.

Glory in his holy name;     let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Look to the Lord and his strength;     seek his face always.

Remember the wonders he has done,     his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,     his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.

He is the Lord our God;     his judgments are in all the earth.

He remembers his covenant forever,     the promise he made, for a thousand generations,

the covenant he made with Abraham,     the oath he swore to Isaac.
He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,     to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
“To you I will give the land of Canaan     as the portion you will inherit.”
When they were but few in number,     few indeed, and strangers in it,
they wandered from nation to nation,     from one kingdom to another.
He allowed no one to oppress them;     for their sake he rebuked kings:
“Do not touch my anointed ones;     do my prophets no harm.”
He called down famine on the land     and destroyed all their supplies of food;
and he sent a man before them—     Joseph, sold as a slave.
They bruised his feet with shackles,     his neck was put in irons,
till what he foretold came to pass,     till the word of the Lord proved him true.
The king sent and released him,     the ruler of peoples set him free.
He made him master of his household,     ruler over all he possessed,
to instruct his princes as he pleased     and teach his elders wisdom.
Then Israel entered Egypt;     Jacob resided as a foreigner in the land of Ham.
The Lord made his people very fruitful;     he made them too numerous for their foes,
whose hearts he turned to hate his people,     to conspire against his servants.
He sent Moses his servant,     and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
They performed his signs among them,     his wonders in the land of Ham.
He sent darkness and made the land dark—     for had they not rebelled against his words?
He turned their waters into blood,     causing their fish to die.
Their land teemed with frogs,     which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.
He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,     and gnats throughout their country.
He turned their rain into hail,     with lightning throughout their land;
he struck down their vines and fig trees     and shattered the trees of their country.
He spoke, and the locusts came,     grasshoppers without number;
they ate up every green thing in their land,     ate up the produce of their soil.
Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land,     the firstfruits of all their manhood.
He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold,     and from among their tribes no one faltered.
Egypt was glad when they left,     because dread of Israel had fallen on them.
He spread out a cloud as a covering,     and a fire to give light at night.
They asked, and he brought them quail;     he fed them well with the bread of heaven.
He opened the rock, and water gushed out;     it flowed like a river in the desert.
For he remembered his holy promise     given to his servant Abraham.
He brought out his people with rejoicing,     his chosen ones with shouts of joy;
he gave them the lands of the nations,     and they fell heir to what others had toiled for—
that they might keep his precepts     and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord.
Psalm 132
A song of ascents.

Lord, remember David     and all his self-denial.

He swore an oath to the Lord,     he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:

“I will not enter my house     or go to my bed,

I will allow no sleep to my eyes     or slumber to my eyelids,

till I find a place for the Lord,     a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

We heard it in Ephrathah,     we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:

“Let us go to his dwelling place,     let us worship at his footstool, saying,

‘Arise, Lord, and come to your resting place,     you and the ark of your might.

May your priests be clothed with your righteousness;     may your faithful people sing for joy.’”
For the sake of your servant David,     do not reject your anointed one.
The Lord swore an oath to David,     a sure oath he will not revoke: “One of your own descendants     I will place on your throne.
If your sons keep my covenant     and the statutes I teach them, then their sons will sit     on your throne for ever and ever.”
For the Lord has chosen Zion,     he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,
“This is my resting place for ever and ever;     here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
I will bless her with abundant provisions;     her poor I will satisfy with food.
I will clothe her priests with salvation,     and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.
“Here I will make a horn grow for David     and set up a lamp for my anointed one.
I will clothe his enemies with shame,     but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”

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