Tag: Persia

  • October 8 – Nehemiah Starts Rebuilding Jerusalem’s Walls

    Reading Neh. 1:1-3:32 Devotional Nehemiah was the cupbearer for Artaxerxes, king of Persia. Although it might not sound important, the king’s cupbearer was one of his most trusted servants. Many kings were killed by someone mixing poison in their drinks, so the cupbearer would drink from the king’s cup prior to the king in order…

  • October 6 – Ezra Leads the Second Return to Jerusalem

    Reading Ezra 7:1-7, 11-28; 8:15-32; 7:8-10; 8:1-14, 33-36 Devotional In the spring of 458 B.C., Ezra led a second wave of Israelites in returning to Jerusalem. GOD had put it in the heart of Artaxerxes, king of Persia, to bring honor to the temple and to extend favor to Ezra and the Jews. Artaxerxes sent…

  • October 4 – Esther Saves the Jews

    Reading Esther 5:1-10:3 Devotional Just as Esther said she would do, she went before King Xerxes without his request, on the third day. Xerxes was happy to see her and extended the golden scepter to her, sparing her life (recall that the penalty for approaching the Persian king without his request was death, unless he…

  • October 3 – Esther Becomes Queen

    Reading Esther 1:1-4:17 Devotional Around 480 B.C., a new king reigns in Persia—Xerxes. In the third year of his reign, Xerxes threw a banquet for his subjects. This banquet lasted seven days, and on the last day of the feast, Xerxes called for his wife, Queen Vashti, so that he might show her beauty to…

  • September 25 – Temple Construction Opposed

    Reading Ezra 4:6-6:13 Devotional From 536 to 522 B.C., construction of the temple was stopped. This happened for at least three reasons. First, the governing officials of Persia objected to Darius king of Persia. They wrote to Darius that they were afraid that if the walls and temple of Jerusalem were rebuilt, the people would…

  • September 23 – First Return to Jerusalem

    Reading Ezra 1:1-4:5 Devotional Now that Cyrus King of Persia ruled the former Babylonian Empire, he made a great decree, in accordance with what the LORD had said: 2 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia:   All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build…

  • July 14 – Cyrus, GOD’s Future Instrument

    Reading Isa. 43:8-45:13 Devotional In today’s reading, GOD imparts some especially insightful wisdom for the Israelites of Isaiah’s day (and us as well). Among the most interesting “nuggets” is that a king by the name of Cyrus will be used as GOD’s instrument to rebuild Jerusalem and restore Israel to glory. More on this later.…