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November 26, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 24 (ESV)

In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him.And 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. Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the Lord, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also for the innocent blood that he had shed. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord would not pardon.......Continue Reading

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  1. 1In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. 2And 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. 3Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the Lord, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, 4and also for the innocent blood that he had shed. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, AND THE LORD WOULD NOT PARDON.

  2. 2 Kings 24:3-4 (ESV)
    3  Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the LORD, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, 4  and also for the innocent blood that he had shed. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD would not pardon.

    2 Kings 21:16 (ESV)
     Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides the sin that he made Judah to sin so that they did what was evil in the sight of the LORD.

    2 Chronicles 33:10-13 (ESV)
    10  The LORD spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention. 11  Therefore the LORD brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon. 12  And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13  He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.

    The life of Manasseh is a puzzle. For God spoke to him ‘and to his people’, but they ignored the voice of God.

    Manasseh was captured at one point during his long reign, brought to Babylon. It is here in Babylon that when he was in distress that God heard his plea and he was returned to Jerusalem where he continued to work in some capacity to reinforce the walls of Jerusalem.

    2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
     if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

    Yet there are still consequences for sin, generations later.

  3. When I thought of the idea of reading 2 Kings in conjunction with Isaiah, I was hoping they would lend insight into each other. As the end is near and has arrived for the people of Judah and God reminds them of what the prophets have told them of the coming judgement, that is exactly what Isaiah has been communicating. As Isaiah talks about the way God will deal with the people of Israel in general and Judah specifically harshly and bring in foreign nations to judge them, that is what we see unfolding here in 2 Kings. And how sad it is that the people of God are exiled to a foreign nation. Now God does work it for good. Think about the impact Daniel and his buddies have on Babylon. Why would wise men from the east even be looking for a star representing the king of the Jews? It is because of what is happening here. But it was done through a path of suffering and heartache. Being exiled, defeated, and enslaved was not fun. God desired to use Israel as a voice to the Gentiles in a different way than this. But this is the path His people took. But God will still use it to His glory. Which reminds us, God will always be glorified. Will it be because of us, or in spite of us is the question……

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