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Day 242 – The Role of King Nebuchadnezzar


Thoughts and Reflection

Today we go back in time to the reign of Jehoiakim, who is the son of Josiah. Jeremiah begins his prophetic mission under Josiah and it continues under Jehoiakim. After Jehoiakim, we jump forward to the reign of Zedekiah, who is the final king under whom Jeremiah preaches. During his life, Jeremiah is frequently threatened with death because he speaks the truth.

Daniel has a vision of a ram and a goat. The ram with two horns represents Media and Persia and the goat represents the nation of Greece. The Lord gives a timeline of seventy weeks years (or five hundred years) of the arrival of the Anointed One.

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For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

Jeremiah 26

1 At the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from Yahweh,

2 ‘Yahweh says this, “Stand in the court of the Temple of Yahweh. To all the people from the towns of Judah who come to worship in the Temple of Yahweh you will say everything I have ordered you to say, not omitting one syllable.

3 Perhaps they will listen and each turn from his evil way: if so, I shall relent and not bring the disaster on them which I intend because of their misdeeds.”

4 Say to them, “Yahweh says this: If you will not listen to me and follow my Law which I have given you,

5 and pay attention to the words of my servants the prophets whom I have never tired of sending to you, although you never have paid attention,

6 I shall treat this Temple as I treated Shiloh, and make this city a curse for all the nations of the world.” ‘

7 The priests and prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah say these words in the Temple of Yahweh.

8 When Jeremiah had finished saying everything that Yahweh had ordered him to say to all the people, the priests and prophets and all the people seized hold of him and said, ‘You will die for this!

9 Why have you made this prophecy in Yahweh’s name, “This Temple will become like Shiloh, and this city become an uninhabited ruin”?’ And the people all crowded in on Jeremiah in the Temple of Yahweh.

10 Hearing of this, the chief men of Judah came up from the royal palace to the Temple of Yahweh and took their seats at the entry of the New Gate of the Temple of Yahweh.

11 The priests and prophets then said to the chief men and all the people, ‘This man deserves to die, since he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.’

12 Jeremiah, however, replied to all the chief men and all the people as follows, ‘Yahweh himself sent me to prophesy against this Templeand this city all the things you have heard.

13 So now amend your behaviour and actions, listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, and Yahweh will relent about the disaster that he has decreed for you.

14 For myself, I am, as you see, in your hands. Do whatever you please or think right with me.

15 But be sure of this, that if you put me to death, you will be bringing innocent blood on yourselves, on this city and on its inhabitants, since Yahweh has truly sent me to you to say all this for you to hear.’

16 The chief men and all the people then said to the priests and prophets, ‘This man does not deserve to die: he has spoken to us in the name of Yahweh our God.’

17 And some of the country’s elders rose to address all the assembled people.

18 ‘Micah of Moresheth,’ they said, ‘who prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, had this to say to all the people of Judah, “Yahweh Sabaoth says this: Zion will become ploughland, Jerusalem a heap of rubble and the Temple Mount a wooded height.”

19 ‘Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him to death for this? Did they not rather, fearing Yahweh, plead with him, to such effect that Yahweh relented about the disaster which he had decreed for them? Are we now to burden our souls with such a crime?’

20 There was another man, too, who used to prophesy in Yahweh’s name, Uriah son of Shemaiah, from Kiriath-Jearim. He prophesiedexactly the same things against this city and this country as Jeremiah.

21 When King Jehoiakim with all his officers and all the chief men heard what he said, the king was determined to put him to death. On hearing this, Uriah took fright and, fleeing, escaped to Egypt.

22 King Jehoiakim, however, sent Elnathan son of Achbor to Egypt with others,

23 who brought Uriah back from Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim, who had him put to the sword and his body thrown into the common burial ground.

24 But Jeremiah had a protector in Ahikam son of Shaphan, so he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.

Jeremiah 27

1 (At the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from Yahweh:)

2 Yahweh said this to me, ‘Make yourself thongs and yokes and put them on your neck.

3 Then send them to the king of Edom, the king of Moab, the king of the Ammonites, the king of Tyre, and the king of Sidon, through their envoys accredited to Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem.

4 Give them the following message for their masters, “Yahweh Sabaoth, God of Israel, says this: You must tell your masters this:

5 I by my great power and outstretched arm made the earth, the human beings and the animals that are on earth, and I give them to whom I please.

6 For the present, I have handed all these countries over to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, my servant; I have even put the wild animals at his service.

7 (All the nations will serve him, his son and his grandson, until the time for his own country comes in its turn, when mighty nations and great kings will enslave him.)

8 Any nation or kingdom that will not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and will not bow its neck to the yoke of the king of Babylon, I shall punish that nation with sword, famine and plague, Yahweh declares, until I have destroyed it by his hand.

9 For your own part, do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, dreamers, magicians and sorcerers, who tell you: You will not be enslaved by the king of Babylon.

10 They prophesy lies to you, the result of which will be that you will be banished from your soil, that I shall drive you out, and you willperish.

11 The nation, however, that is prepared to bend its neck to the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I shall leave in peace on its own soil, Yahweh declares, to farm it and stay on it.” ‘

12 To Zedekiah king of Judah I spoke in exactly the same terms. ‘Bend your necks’, I told him, ‘to the yoke of the king of Babylon; serve him and his people and you will survive.

13 (Why so anxious to die, you and your people, by sword, famine and plague, with which Yahweh has threatened the nation refusing to serve the king of Babylon?)

14 Do not listen to the words the prophets say to you, “You will not be enslaved by the king of Babylon.” They prophesy lies to you.

15 Since I have not sent them, Yahweh declares, they prophesy untruths to you in my name. The result will be that I shall drive you out, you will perish, and so will the prophets who prophesy to you.’

16 I also spoke to the priests and to all this people as follows, ‘Yahweh says this, “Do not listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you as follows: Look, the vessels of the Temple of Yahweh will very shortly be brought back from Babylon. They prophesy lies to you.

17 (Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon and you will survive. Why should this city become a ruin?)

18 If they are real prophets, if Yahweh’s word is really with them, they ought now to be pleading with Yahweh Sabaoth that the remaining vessels in the Temple of Yahweh, in the palace of the king of Judah and elsewhere in Jerusalem, do not go to Babylon too!

19 For this is what Yahweh Sabaoth says about (the pillars, the Sea, the stands and) the other vessels still remaining in this city,

20 those not carried off by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon when he took Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon (with all the leading men of Judah and Jerusalem).

21 Yes, this is what Yahweh Sabaoth, God of Israel, says about the vessels still remaining in the Temple of Yahweh, in the palace of the king of Judah and elsewhere in Jerusalem:

22 They will be carried off to Babylon (and stay there until the day I punish them), Yahweh declares. (Then I shall bring them back and restore them to this place.)” ‘

Daniel 8

1 In the third year of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after the one that had originally appeared to me.

2 I gazed at the vision, and as I gazed I found myself in Susa, the citadel in the province of Elam; gazing at the vision, I found myself at the Ulai Gate.

3 I raised my eyes to look, and I saw a ram standing in front of the gate. It had two horns; both were tall, but one taller than the other, and the one that rose the higher was the second.

4 I saw the ram butting westwards, northwards and southwards. No animal could stand up to it, nothing could escape its power. It did as it pleased and became strong.

5 This is what I observed: a he-goat from the west, encroaching over the entire surface of the world though never touching the ground, and between its eyes the goat had one majestic horn.

6 It advanced on the two-horned ram, which I had seen standing in front of the gate, and charged at it in the full force of its fury.

7 I saw it reach the ram; it was enraged with the ram and struck it, breaking both its horns, so that the ram was not strong enough to hold its ground; it threw it to the ground and trampled it underfoot; no one was there to rescue the ram.

8 The he-goat then grew more powerful than ever; but at the height of its strength the great horn snapped, and in its place sprouted four majestic horns, pointing to the four winds of heaven.

9 From one of these, the small one, sprang a horn which grew to great size towards south and east and towards the Land of Splendour.

10 It grew right up to the armies of heaven and flung armies and stars to the ground, and trampled them underfoot.

11 It even challenged the power of the Prince of the army; it abolished the perpetual sacrifice and overthrew the foundation of his sanctuary,

12 and the army too; over the sacrifice it installed iniquity and flung truth to the ground; the horn was active and successful.

13 I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one say to the speaker, ‘How long is this vision to be — of perpetual sacrifice, of horrifying iniquity, of sanctuary and army trampled underfoot?’

14 The first replied, ‘Until two thousand three hundred evenings and mornings have gone by: then the sanctuary will have its rights restored.’

15 As I, Daniel, gazed at the vision and tried to understand it, I saw someone standing in front of me who looked like a man.

16 I heard a human voice cry over the Ulai, ‘Gabriel, tell him the meaning of the vision!’

17 He approached the place where I was standing; as he approached, I was seized with terror and fell prostrate on the ground. ‘Son of man,’ he said to me, ‘understand this: the vision shows the time of the End.’

18 He was still speaking, when I fainted, face downwards on the ground. He touched me, however, and raised me to my feet.

19 ‘Come,’ he said, ‘I shall tell you what is going to happen when the Retribution is over, about the final times.

20 As for the ram which you saw, its two horns are the kings of Media and of Persia.

21 The hairy he-goat is the king of Greece, the large horn between its eyes is the first king.

22 The horn which snapped and the four horns which sprouted in its place are four kingdoms rising from his nation but not having his strength.

23 ‘And at the end of their reign, when the measure of their sins is full, a king will arise, a proud-faced, ingenious-minded man.

24 His power will grow greater and greater, though not through any power of his own; he will plot incredible schemes, he will succeed in whatever he undertakes, he will destroy powerful men and the holy ones, God’s people.

25 Such will be his resourcefulness of mind that all his treacherous activities will succeed. He will grow arrogant of heart and destroy many people by taking them unawares. He will challenge the power of the Prince of princes but, without any human intervention, he will be broken.

26 The vision of the evenings and the mornings which has been revealed is true, but you must keep the vision secret, for there are still many days to go.’

27 At this I, Daniel, lost consciousness; I was ill for several days. Then I got up to discharge my duties in the king’s service, keeping the vision a secret and still not understanding what it meant.

Daniel 9

1 It was the first year of Darius son of Artaxerxes, a Mede by race who assumed the throne of Chaldaea.

2 In the first year of his reign I, Daniel, was studying the scriptures, counting over the number of years — as revealed by Yahweh to the prophet Jeremiah — that were to pass before the desolation of Jerusalem would come to an end, namely seventy years.

3 I turned my face to the Lord God begging for time to pray and to plead, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.

4 I pleaded with Yahweh my God and made this confession: ‘O my Lord, God great and to be feared, you keep the covenant and show faithful love towards those who love you and who observe your commandments:

5 we have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly, we have betrayed your commandments and rulings and turned away from them.

6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our chief men, our ancestors and all people of the country.

7 Saving justice, Lord, is yours; we have only the look of shame we wear today, we, the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the whole of Israel, near and far away, in every country to which you have dispersed us because of the treachery we have committed against you.

8 To us, our kings, our chief men and our ancestors, belongs the look of shame, O Yahweh, since we have sinned against you.

9 And it is for the Lord our God to have mercy and to pardon, since we have betrayed him,

10 and have not listened to the voice of Yahweh our God nor followed the laws he has given us through his servants the prophets.

11 The whole of Israel has flouted your Law and turned away, unwilling to listen to your voice; and the curse and imprecation written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have come pouring down on us, because we have sinned against him.

12 He has carried out the threats which he made against us and the chief men who governed us — that he would bring so great a disaster down on us that the fate of Jerusalem would find no parallel under all heaven.

13 And now, as written in the Law of Moses, this whole calamity has befallen us; even so, we have not appeased Yahweh our God by renouncing our crimes and learning your truth.

14 Yahweh has watched for the right moment to bring disaster on us, since Yahweh our God is just in all his dealings with us, and we have not listened to his voice.

15 And now, Lord our God, who by your mighty hand brought us out of Egypt — the renown you won then endures to this day — we have sinned, we have done wrong.

16 Lord, by all your acts of saving justice, turn away your anger and your fury from Jerusalem, your city, your holy mountain, for as a result of our sins and the crimes of our ancestors, Jerusalem and your people are objects of scorn to all who surround us.

17 And now, our God, listen to the prayer and pleading of your servant. For your own sake, Lord, let your face smile again on your desolate sanctuary.

18 Listen, my God, listen to us; open your eyes and look at our plight and at the city that bears your name. Relying not on our upright deeds but on your great mercy, we pour out our plea to you.

19 Listen, Lord! Forgive, Lord! Hear, Lord, and act! For your own sake, my God, do not delay — since your city and your people alike bear your name.’

20 I was still speaking, still at prayer, confessing my own sins and the sins of my people Israel, and placing my plea before Yahweh my God for the holy mountain of my God,

21 still speaking, still at prayer, when Gabriel, the being I had originally seen in vision, swooped on me in full flight at the hour of the evening sacrifice.

22 He came, he spoke, he said to me, ‘Now, Daniel; I have come down to teach you how to understand.

23 When your pleading began, a word was uttered, and I have come to tell you. You are a man specially chosen. Grasp the meaning of the word, understand the vision:

24 ‘Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and your holy city, for putting an end to transgression, for placing the seal on sin, for expiating crime, for introducing everlasting uprightness for setting the seal on vision and on prophecy, for anointing the holy of holies.

25 Know this, then, and understand: From the time there went out this message: “Return and rebuild Jerusalem” to the coming of an Anointed Prince, seven weeks and sixty-two weeks, with squares and ramparts restored and rebuilt, but in a time of trouble.

26 And after the sixty-two weeks an Anointed One put to death without his . . . city and sanctuary ruined by a prince who is to come. The end of that prince will be catastrophe and, until the end, there will be war and all the devastation decreed.

27 He will strike a firm alliance with many people for the space of a week; and for the space of one half-week he will put a stop to sacrifice and oblation, and on the wing of the Temple will be the appalling abomination until the end, until the doom assigned to the devastator.’

Proverbs 16:9-12

9 they will be a crown of grace for your head, a circlet for your neck.

10 My child, if sinners try to seduce you, do not go with them.

11 If they say, ‘Come with us: let us lie in ambush to shed blood; if we plan an ambush for the innocent without provocation,

12 we can swallow them alive, like Sheol, and whole, like those who sink into oblivion.


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