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November 27, 2018

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

2 Kings 25 (ESV)

And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem and laid siege to it. And they built siegeworks all around it. So the city was besieged till the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, by the king’s garden, and the Chaldeans were around the city. And they went in the direction of the Arabah.....Continue Reading

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  1. 2 Kings 25:20-21 (ESV)
    20  And Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 21  And the king of Babylon struck them down and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was taken into exile out of its land.

    Leviticus 26:33 (ESV)
     And I will scatter you among the nations, and I will unsheathe the sword after you, and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.

    It is sad to read of the fall of God’s people. The removal of the beautiful outward ornaments is fitting for it was only show for empty worship. The exile of his people is fulfillment of the warning of God back in Leviticus.
    I pray that I or my family will always remember God’s word and obey. That we would not turn our backs on Him who gave so much for us.

  2. 8In the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month—that was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon—Nebuzaradan, the captain of the bodyguard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 9And he burned the house of the Lord and the king’s house and all the houses of Jerusalem; every great house he burned down. 1

  3. It is sad to read of the destruction of Jerusalem and of Solomon’s temple. This was God’s city, David’s city, the city and nation chosen and blessed by God. But the people of Israel squandered it. It should strike us to see holy things made common. Things used for the worship of God taken for just their material wealth. But God had warned time and again. The people of Judah had seen the nation of Israel suffer the same thing at the hands of the Assyrians for the same reason. But they refuse to learn and change their ways. God was so patient with them, as He is with us. Will we squander what God has provided?

    And then Ishmael here fighting for the scraps. No sense of seeking God’s will in what he did. Better to take the judgement and find God’s purpose in it, then doing evil to try to avoid it.

    But then to close this chapter (which is really the end of one thing, the blessing of Judah, and the beginning of another, the cursing of Judah) with a grace shown to its second to last king, Is a neat thing. Jehoiachin was the last in the official line of David. Zedekiah was his uncle and was put in place as king by Nebuchadnezzar when he attacked Jerusalem earlier. So Jehoiachin is released from prison and showed favor by the new king of Babylon. It is at times what happens with God’s people, favor shown even in the midst of discipline….God always looks for ways to be good to us…….

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