2 Kings 24

2 Kings 24 now has us a couple kings from Josiah, one who had followed the Lord to the best of his knowledge, to Jehoiakim who becomes Nebuchadnezzar’s servant for three years.  The Babylonians had taken over Judah but soon Jehoiakim decides he doesn’t like to be a servant to that king so “he turned and rebelled against him”.  I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time, but it wasn’t.  Judah was still at odds with the Lord because of their present leadership, and what Manasseh had done some decades earlier when he led the people as far from God as possible.

So “the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldeans and bands of the Syrians and bands of the Moabites and bands of the Ammonites, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by his servants the prophets”.  God has had enough, and was on a mission “to remove them out of His sight….according to all that he (Mannaseh) had done”.  Jehoiachin takes the throne from his father Jehoiakim as the long line of very bad kings continues.

Jehoiachin carries on and “he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord”.  He’s just experienced captivity and attack from four nations and yet he can’t connect the dots that how they are living is the problem.  Nebuchadnezzar came and sieged the city and takes Jehoiachin and “his mother and his servants and his officials and his palace officials” as prisoners.  He also came in and took all the treasures form the king’s house as well as anything of value from the temple of the Lord.  He ransacked the place.

He carried away all Jerusalem and all the officials and all the mighty men of valor, 10,000 captives, and all the craftsmen and the smiths. None remained, except the poorest people of the land”.  There wasn’t much left in the kingdom of Judah.  Nebuchadnezzar puts another guy on the throne, whom he names Zedekiah, to manage his conquered land.  It was “because of the anger of the Lord it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence”.  Yet still, these kings and leaders don’t get it, that their circumstances are because of their sin and evil ways.

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