In today’s session, we look at the Return Era. The Israelites had been exiled to Babylon for 70 years. King Cyrus becomes king, and he allows the jews to return to their land – to Jerusalem. Join me as we look at four main topics of discussion:
The Israelites had been in captivity for the last 70 years under the oppression of the Babylonians. If you recall, the Babylonians came in and took over Jerusalem and exiled the people to Babylon under the leadership of King Nebuchadnezzar.
Why? The people had turned away from God again, worshipping idols and living for themselves. Their love of self and idols displeased God, and he allowed the Babylonians to take over.
The return era is about a change in location. King Cyrus, leading the Persians overthrew the Babylonians.
King Cyrus initiated the financing and rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. I like to say, ‘he sent the people back home.’
During the return era, not everyone went back to Jerusalem. Many people stayed in Babylon and the surrounding vicinities. They became comfortable with their new way of life. Some could not physically make the journey. But there were those who went back to Jerusalem and began the rebuilding of their great city.
Our guide book, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, will take you on an educational journey that will help make the Bible come alive. Join me as we embark on a journey through the Bible. We will learn the basics of how the Bible is set up, the different eras, leading figures, and geography. This is a basic overview of the Bible as we journey through Max Anders book titled, “30 Days to understanding the Bible.”