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3 Year Bible Reading: 2 Kings 25

Our Three Year Bible reading for today is 2 Kings 25.

General:

  • Chapter 25 details the fall of Jerusalem and final destruction of Judah
  • King Zedekiah, put in place by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, ultimately decided to rebel against Babylon, despite his country’s terribly weakened state
    • Nebuchadnezzar responded by placing Jerusalem under siege
  • The siege of Jerusalem lasted a year and a half; the people lived under miserable conditions
  • Finally the Babylonians broke through the city walls, and the soldiers flooded the city
  • King Zedekiah fled the city through a back passage but was captured by the Babylonians
    • Outside the city they executed his two sons in front of him and then blinded him
      • The death of his sons was the last thing he would ever see on earth
  • They set fire to the most important buildings, including the palace and the temple
  • The city’s walls were completely torn downs
  • The temple’s furnishing were either demolished or taken to Babylon
    • The people had superstitiously believed that God would never destroy them as long as they had the temple there
      • They painfully found out that their trust should have been placed in God, not in a building
    • From the People’s Bible: “The book of Kings has been called ‘the story of Solomon’s temple.’ In the beginning of 1 Kings we read how that beautiful, expensive temple was put together and how God’s glory filled that magnificent building. At the end of 2 Kings we are told how the building was destroyed, how the utensils were broken and carried away in pieces. The book of Kings is the shameful history of man’s unfaithfulness to a gracious God and of how God finally sends a judgment on people who have despised his blessing.”
  • Most of the remaining Israelites were taken to Babylon; only the poorest people were left to tend the fields
  • Many officials of Judea who were found in Jerusalem were carried outside the city and executed there
  • Gedaliah wisely told the people to serve God in Babylon by living out their faith peacefully
  • Later on a group of men assassinated Gedaliah and fled to Egypt
    • From the People’s Bible: “In this small way, the final curse announced by Moses in Deuteronomy 28:68 was fulfilled: a small group of unfaithful Israelites returned to the land of bondage that they had left 900 years earlier.”
    • They took the prophet Jeremiah with them
  • Jehoiachin was released from prison in Babylon, and his life was spared
    • This is important because God would keep His promise to bring the Savior through the line of Judah
    • Jehoiachin is mentioned in the book of Matthew as Jeconiah in the genealogy of Jesus
  • The Babylonians proceeded to wreck the city
  • Nebuchadnezzar placed a man named Gedaliah in charge of the remnant in Judah
  • The book and chapter conclude with part of God’s promise of a Savior      



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3 Year Bible Reading: 2 Kings 24

Our Three Year Bible reading for today is 2 Kings 24.

General:

  • Chapter 24 gives us more details about the downward spiral of Judah
  • Remember in chapter 23 that King Josiah lost his life in battle
    • His son Jehoahaz had taken the throne but was carried off to Babylon
    • Another of Josiah’s sons, Jehoiakim, was then set up as a puppet king by Babylon’s king, Nebuchadnezzar
  • In chapter 24 we learn that Jehoiakim got tired of being under Nebuchadnezzar’s thumb and revolted
  • As a result, God allowed raiders from three different countries to chip away at Judah
    • The inspired writer points out that this devastation was exactly what God has promised would happen to Judah if they strayed from Him
  • The first section closes with a note about the nation of Egypt
  • The people of Judah had been paying taxes to Egypt in exchange for the assurance that Egypt would protect them in situations exactly like this one
  • Egypt’s power had been greatly reduced, however, and they were unable to honor their agreement with Judah
    • We see how our reliance on things other than God often results in disappointment, heartbreak, and terrible consequences
  • Jehoiakim eventually died and was replaced by his son, Jehoiachin
  • Just three months into Joiachin’s rule, Babylon came once again and placed Jerusalem under siege
  • Jehoiachin and his family immediately gave up
  • Nebuchadnezzar took all the amazing and well-crafted items from the temple, which Solomon had commissioned many years before this event
  • Babylon also carted off the best warriors and craftsmen of Judah
    • Judah was effectively powerless now; only the poorest people of the country were allowed to remain
  • Jehoiachin was replaced by his uncle Mattaniah
  • He was the brother of the wicked king, Jehoahaz
  • Nebuchadnezzar changed Mattaniah’s name to Zedekiah
  • 2 Chronicles tells us that Mattaniah took an oath in God’s name to be faithful to Nebuchadnezzar
  • Jehoiachin’s reign was like that of his father: wicked and dominated by Babylon
  • Zedekiah’s reign was wicked like the rest of his family, and God would thrust Judah from presence during Zedekiah’s time on the throne


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