I’m reading through Nehemiah with a group of guys from OneLife West and the thing that hit me yesterday was that Daniel was taken away and the city was destroyed around 605 BC.
Nehemiah was going back and viewing the destruction around 450 B.C. That would be like me going and touring the battle of Gettysburg, but it not being restored until now.
This shows me more than ever that we need to read the Bible in context. Just imagine how overgrown and desolate that broken down wall would have been! Rocks would easily be lost under erosion, entire trees would be growing over boulders that vaguely resembled cut rock for a wall!