Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the
Promised Land
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
Part 1: Have We Learned Our Lessons?
• November 13—Going Into Exile
• November 20—Surviving the Exile
• November 27—Break:
Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
Part 2: The Prophets of the Return
• December 4—Zechariah
• December 11—Haggai
• December 18—Malachi
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
Session 2—Surviving the Exile
or
What Do We Do While
We’re Stuck Here?
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
There are three prophets who
prophesied during the Exile:
–Ezekiel
–Jeremiah
–Daniel
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
Ezekiel was a priest who had been taken
into exile in 597 along with King
Jehoiachin, 11 years before the
destruction of Jerusalem.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
Ezekiel was a priest who had been taken
into exile in 597 along with King
Jehoiachin, 11 years before the
destruction of Jerusalem.
He had more than a full decade to continue
prophesying about the coming destruction
of Jerusalem.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
Immediately after the Fall of Jerusalem,
Ezekiel starts preaching comfort to his
fellow exiles.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
Immediately after the Fall of Jerusalem,
Ezekiel starts preaching comfort to his
fellow exiles.
Ezekiel’s prophesies culminate in a
promise from God to “vindicate” His
holy name among the nations.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
“Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house
of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy
name, which you have profaned among the nations to which
you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great
name, which has been profaned among the nations, and
which you have profaned among them. And the nations will
know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when
through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will
take you from the nations and gather you from all the
countries and bring you into your own land.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean
from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will
cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit
I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone
from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put
my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and
be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I
gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be
your God. And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses.
… It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord
GOD; let that be known to you.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
“Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from
all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and
the waste places shall be rebuilt. And the land that was
desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it
was in the sight of all who passed by. And they will say, ‘This
land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden,
and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified
and inhabited.’ Then the nations that are left all around you
shall know that I am the LORD; I have rebuilt the ruined
places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the LORD;
I have spoken, and I will do it.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
“Thus says the Lord GOD: This also I will let the house
of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their people
like a flock. Like the flock for sacrifices, like the flock
at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so shall the
waste cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they
will know that I am the LORD.”
Ezekiel 36:22-38
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
What are our lessons here?
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
What are our lessons here?
• God is going to vindicate His holy name!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
What are our lessons here?
• God is going to vindicate His holy name!
• There will be a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
What are our lessons here?
• God is going to vindicate His holy name!
• There will be a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit!
• He is going to do it for His sake!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
What are our lessons here?
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God is going to vindicate His holy name!
There will be a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit!
He is going to do it for His sake!
We will increase our people like flocks for sacrifice!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Promise of Ezekiel
What are our lessons here?
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God is going to vindicate His holy name!
There will be a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit!
He is going to do it for His sake!
We will increase our people like flocks for sacrifice!
Everyone will know God has done this work!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Comfort of Jeremiah
The prophet Jeremiah first began prophesying
during the reign of King Josiah and continued
prophesying “in the days of Jehoiakim the son
of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the
eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah,
king of Judah, until the carrying away of
Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.”
Jeremiah 1:3
Coming Out of Exile:
The Comfort of Jeremiah
Because Jeremiah knew the sins Judah had
committed and God’s judgment upon them, he
prophesied about the doom coming from
Babylon and encouraged the people to
surrender to the Babylonians.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Comfort of Jeremiah
Because Jeremiah knew the sins Judah had
committed and God’s judgment upon them, he
prophesied about the doom coming from
Babylon and encouraged the people to
surrender to the Babylonians.
This made him wildly unpopular!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Comfort of Jeremiah
“Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah
the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the remainder of
the elders who were carried away captive—to the
priests, the prophets, and all the people whom
Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from
Jerusalem to Babylon…
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all
who were carried away captive, whom I have
caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to
Babylon:
Jeremiah 29:1,4
Coming Out of Exile:
The Comfort of Jeremiah
“Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat
their fruit. Take wives and beget sons and daughters;
and take wives for your sons and give your daughters
to husbands, so that they may bear sons and
daughters—that you may be increased there, and not
diminished. And seek the peace of the city where I
have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray
to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have
peace.”
Jeremiah 29:5-7
Coming Out of Exile:
The Comfort of Jeremiah
“For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are
completed at Babylon, I will visit you and
perform My good word toward you, and cause
you to return to this place. For I know the
thoughts that I think toward you, says
the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to
give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:10-11
Coming Out of Exile:
The Comfort of Jeremiah
“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me,
and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and
find Me, when you search for Me with all your
heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will
bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you
from all the nations and from all the places where I
have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you
to the place from which I cause you to be carried
away captive.”
Jeremiah 29:12-14
Coming Out of Exile:
The Comfort of Jeremiah
What are our lessons here?
Coming Out of Exile:
The Comfort of Jeremiah
What are our lessons here?
• Everything that has happened to us has been part of
God’s plan!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Comfort of Jeremiah
What are our lessons here?
• Everything that has happened to us has been part of
God’s plan!
• God’s will is being done!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Comfort of Jeremiah
What are our lessons here?
• Everything that has happened to us has been part of
God’s plan!
• God’s will is being done!
• God’s plan is to bless us and prosper us!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Comfort of Jeremiah
What are our lessons here?
• Everything that has happened to us has been part of
God’s plan!
• God’s will is being done!
• God’s plan is to bless us and prosper us!
• We will have a renewed, revitalized relationship!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
The Book of Daniel is divided into two parts:
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
The Book of Daniel is divided into two parts:
• Chapters 1-6 are the stories of Daniel and his
friends thriving in Babylon and enduring the
hardships of exile by living a faith-filled life.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
The Book of Daniel is divided into two parts:
• Chapters 1-6 are the stories of Daniel and his
friends thriving in Babylon and enduring the
hardships of exile by living a faith-filled life.
• Chapters 7-10 are Daniel’s visions and
prophecies.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
The Book of Daniel is divided into two parts:
• Chapters 1-6 are the stories of Daniel and his
friends thriving in Babylon and enduring the
hardships of exile by living a faith-filled life.
• Chapters 7-10 are Daniel’s visions and
prophecies.
We will be focusing only on the first part tonight
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
Daniel 1 tells us that around 606, in the third
year of Jehoiakim, Nebuchadnezzar took
Daniel and his three friends (among many
others) and entrusted them to Ashpenaz, the
master of the eunuchs. There they were
trained to be servants in the king’s court and
palace and regally appointed and provided for
with rich food, drink and clothing. They were
also given Babylonian names.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not
defile himself with the portion of the king’s
delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank;
“And at the end of ten days their features appeared
better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who
ate the portion of the king’s delicacies.
“As for these four young men, God gave them
knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and
Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.”
Daniel 1:8, 15, 17
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
Now at the end of the days, when the king had
said that they should be brought in, the chief of
the eunuchs brought them in before
Nebuchadnezzar. Then the king interviewed
them, and among them all none was found like
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah;
therefore they served before the king.
Daniel 1:18,19
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
And in all matters of wisdom and understanding
about which the king examined them, he found
them ten times better than all the magicians
and astrologers who were in all his
realm. Thus Daniel continued until the first
year of King Cyrus.
Daniel 1:20-21
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
Most of us have heard of Meshach, Shadrach,
and Abed-Nego and the fiery furnace.
Daniel’s three young friends, refusing to
worship Nebuchadnezzar’s idol are thrown
into a massive incinerator where God
miraculously preserves them.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
In Bibles used by Roman-Catholics and Greekand Russian-Orthodox Christians, the Book of
Daniel contains three additional chapters. One
of these chapters has been dubbed “The Prayer
of Azariah.”
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
In Bibles used by Roman-Catholics and Greekand Russian-Orthodox Christians, the Book of
Daniel contains three additional chapters. One
of these chapters has been dubbed “The Prayer
of Azariah.”
Verse 28 begins, “Then the three, as with one
mouth, praised and glorified and blessed God
in the furnace, saying:”
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers; *
praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou for the Name of thy Majesty; *
praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holiness; *
praised and exalted above all for ever.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths,
and dwellest between the Cherubim; *
praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou on the glorious throne
of thy kingdom; *
praised and exalted above all for ever.
Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven; *
praised and exalted above all for ever.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
After Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, four others reign
before Belshazzar becomes king of Babylon.
Belshazzar has a feast where a supernatural
hand mystically writes on the wall.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
After Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, four others reign
before Belshazzar becomes king of Babylon.
Belshazzar has a feast where a supernatural
hand mystically writes on the wall.
After interpreting the writing on the wall, “That
very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans,
was slain. And Darius the Mede received the
kingdom…”
Daniel 5:30,31
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
“It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one
hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole
kingdom; and over these, three governors, of
whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give
account to them, so that the king would suffer no
loss. Then this Daniel distinguished himself above
the governors and satraps, because an excellent
spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to
setting him over the whole realm.”
Daniel 6:1-3
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
“Then King Darius wrote:
To all peoples, nations, and languages that
dwell in all the earth:
Peace be multiplied to you.
I make a decree that in every dominion of my
kingdom men must tremble and fear before
the God of Daniel.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
“For He is the living God,
And steadfast forever;
His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed,
And His dominion shall endure to the end.
He delivers and rescues,
And He works signs and wonders
In heaven and on earth,
Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the
lions.”
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
“So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius
and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.”
Daniel 6:25-28
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
“So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius
and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.”
Daniel 6:25-28
“In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a
message was revealed to Daniel…”
Daniel 10:1
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
Having been taken into exile in 606 BC, we
know Daniel prophesied until 536BC at the
earliest, he was held captive for at least 70
years!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
Having been taken into exile in 606 BC, we
know Daniel prophesied until 536BC at the
earliest, he was held captive for at least 70
years!
Daniel survived the reigns of eight different
kings, three different dynasties, two different
empires and prospered in each because of his
faithfulness.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
What are our lessons here?
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
What are our lessons here?
• No matter where you are, stay faithful to what God
has call you to do and who God has called you to be.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
What are our lessons here?
• No matter where you are, stay faithful to what God
has call you to do and who God has called you to be.
• Do not let your circumstances change you.
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
What are our lessons here?
• No matter where you are, stay faithful to what God
has call you to do and who God has called you to be.
• Do not let your circumstances change you.
• Fasting never hurts!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
What are our lessons here?
• No matter where you are, stay faithful to what God
has call you to do and who God has called you to be.
• Do not let your circumstances change you.
• Fasting never hurts!
• Praise the Lord in all of your circumstances!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
What are our lessons here?
• No matter where you are, stay faithful to what God
has call you to do and who God has called you to be.
• Do not let your circumstances change you.
• Fasting never hurts!
• Praise the Lord in all of your circumstances!
• God rewards faithfulness!
Coming Out of Exile:
The Lessons of Daniel
What are our lessons here?
• No matter where you are, stay faithful to what God
has call you to do and who God has called you to be.
• Do not let your circumstances change you.
• Fasting never hurts!
• Praise the Lord in all of your circumstances!
• God rewards faithfulness!
• Even pagan rulers go to the Godly for counsel!
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
With these lessons in mind,
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
With these lessons in mind,
What do we need to do?
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
With these lessons in mind,
What do we need to do?
– Avoid any kind of idolatry
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
With these lessons in mind,
What do we need to do?
– Avoid any kind of idolatry
– Stay undefiled by what is around us
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
With these lessons in mind,
What do we need to do?
– Avoid any kind of idolatry
– Stay undefiled by what is around us
– Praise God regardless of the flames
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
With these lessons in mind,
What do we need to do?
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Avoid any kind of idolatry
Stay undefiled by what is around us
Praise God regardless of the flames
Trust The LORD
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
With these lessons in mind,
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
With these lessons in mind,
What will God do?
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
With these lessons in mind,
What will God do?
– Stay in control and work things out according to
His plan.
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
With these lessons in mind,
What will God do?
– Stay in control and work things out according to
His plan.
– Vindicate His holy name.
Coming Out of Exile:
Returning to the Promised Land
With these lessons in mind,
What will God do?
– Stay in control and work things out according to
His plan.
– Vindicate His holy name.
– Bring Revival; Bring Renewal; and Bring Increase
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