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Bible in a Year 37 38 OT 2 Chronicles to Nehemiah 6

Bible in a Year 37 38 OT 2 Chronicles to Nehemiah 6

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Bible in a Year for weeks 37 and 38, Old Testament
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 The Bible in a Year
Old Testament
2 Chronicles 19 to Nehemiah 6
Read this coming week:
 Jul 25
2 Chron 19‐20, Ps 22:1‐18, Matt 27‐28
 Jul 26
2 Chron 21‐23, Ps22:19‐31, Mark 1
 Jul 27
2 Chron 24‐25, Ps 23, Mark 2
 Jul 28
2 Chron 26‐28, Ps 24, Mark 3
 Jul 29
2 Chron 29‐30, Ps 25, Mark 4
 Jul 30
2 Chron 31‐32, Ps 26, Mark 5
 Jul 31
2 Chron 33‐34, Ps 27, Mark 6
Aug 1
2 Chron 35‐36, Ps 28, Mark 7
Aug 2
Ezra 1‐2, Ps 29, Mark 8
Aug 3
Ezra 3‐5, Ps 30, Mark 9
Aug 4
Ezra 6‐7, Ps 31, Mark 10
Aug 5
Ezra 8‐10, Ps 32, Mark 11
Aug 6
Neh 1, Ps 33,Mark 12
Aug 7
Neh 2‐3, Ps 34, Mark 13
Aug 8
Neh 4‐6, Ps 35, Mark 14
Reading Questions
For next week you’re reading 2 Chronicles 19 toNehemiah 6. Answer the following:
What do Jehoshphat’s reforms include?
Who was Athaliah and why was she executed?(23)
What does Joash do that is counted as evil? (24)
Uzziah is the first king who lives alongside theprophet Isaiah, what is he like? (26)
 
What reforms does Hezekiah make? (29)
Who is Sennacherib? (32)
What makes Manasseh repent? (33)
How does Josiah die? (35)
Who is Cyrus and why does he matter? (Ezra 1)
What are the first things that get rebuilt in Ezra?(3)
Who is Darius and why does he matter? (6)
Why does Ezra warn against intermarriage? (9)
What do you learn about Nehemiah in the firstchapter?
What is the name of the Persian king inNehemiah? (2)
Who opposes the rebuilding in Nehemiah? (4)
The Exile
Deportations of Jews from Judah and Israel took placeduring several eras in ancient history. The Babylonianexile lasted from 586-538 BC. “Exile” means that theywere forced to live outside of the Promised Land.Babylon had replaced Assyria as the reigning worldpower after defeating Egypt at the battle of Carchemishin 609 BC. They conquered Jerusalem in 586. (All datesare BC – Before Christ) This was the main exile of Israelwhen the Temple was flattened and Jerusalem wasdestroyed. These deportations from the Promised Land actuallybegan under the Assyrians as early as 733. These weredeported to Ninevah. More deportations to Babylonoccurred in 605, 597 and 582. Many of the Israelites hadchosen to flee voluntarily and had settled in Syria, Egyptand Turkey. This was a very dark period in the history of Israel. There was no king and no temple. (See Psalm137)In 539 Persia replaced Babylon as the new dominantempire. They did not believe in exile, but in
 
resettlement. King Cyrus of Persia decreed that any Jews who wanted to return to Jerusalem and rebuild thetemple could do so. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiahrecord the returns of exiles from Babylon to Israel. The first return occurred in 538 under the leadership of Zerubbabel. Ezra gives the exact numbers of returneesas 42,360 Jews with 7,337 servants and 200 singers. They are listed by “clans” in Ezra 2. They also broughtback horses, mules, camels, donkeys and gold andsilver vessels. The temple is rebuilt under Zerubbabel. The prophets Haggai and Zechariah are writing duringthis period. Zerubbabel seems slow to rebuild andHaggai spurs him on.Another return took place when Ezra went to Jerusalemwith 1,754 males and some gold and silver. The othersignificant return spoken of in the Bible was Nehemiah.Nehemiah got an armed escort to bring him safely to Jerusalem. He was there to be the governor and tofortify the city.While nothing was produced in the exile from the pointof view of scripture, this was probably the second mostimportant event in Jewish history, after the Exodus. TheIsraelite nation underwent some profound changes.Being separated from all signs and symbols of theirGod, they learned how much God meant to them. Thedream and the promise of the continuing kingship of David’s descendents had been shattered. Thesynagogue probably got its start during the exile. Thepeople of God realized that the exile was a punishmentfor past sins. Israel would become a kingdom of ecclesiastical rulers: Sadducees, Pharisees, High Priestsand Scribes. There would never be another Jewish kingof Israel.

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