There are some passages in which God’s promise relates to several of our categories. So although we might repeat the passage, our focus is slightly different each day. This week we will look at an entire passage of Scripture regarding Israel’s return to the land after their captivity in Babylon.
Israel was to observe a sabbatical year (called the Shmita) to give the land rest. But Israel had disregarded the command and missed seventy Shmitas. So God Himself gave the land its rest by expelling the people to Babylon for seventy years.
The first group returned under Zerubbabel and started rebuilding the Temple (the Second Temple).
The Temple was and continues to be the most important part of Jewish life. Thus its restoration and the resumption of the sacrifices were the first steps in restoring the land.
So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the command of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. Now the temple was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius. Then the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites and the rest of the descendants of the captivity, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy. And they offered sacrifices at the dedication of this house of God, one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, and as a sin offering for all Israel twelve male goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel. They assigned the priests to their divisions and the Levites to their divisions, over the service of God in Jerusalem, as it is written in the Book of Moses.
PRAISE GOD FOR HIS PROMISE TO ONE DAY RESTORE THE LAND AND REBUILD THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM.