Day 78 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 2 Kings 24 to 25
Responding to blessings - 2 Kings 25:29 “Jehoiachin changed his prison clothes [for palace garments] and he dined regularly in the king’s presence for the remainder of his life”
The Word of God says that, in the 37th year of Jehoiachin of Judah, the king of Babylon
- Showed favour to Jehoiachin
- Released him from prison
- Spoke kindly with him
- Set his throne above the throne of the other kings who were with him in Babylon
- A continual allowance was given to him everyday, for the rest of his life
The Word of God says, that Jehoiachin responded positively to the king’s gesture by getting rid of his prison clothes and put on palace garments because he was now called to sit with the king of Babylon and he dined regularly with the king for the rest of his life.
Today’s reflection is a reminder to us of how we are supposed to respond to God’s gift of new life to us.
- We have received a new life in Christ and this is grace.
- We were not worthy but were counted worthy to enter into God’s blessings.
- He has taken away all the old (sin, pain, grief, sickness, shame) and
- He has given us a new life to live in where there is no condemnation of sin because Jesus has taken all of sin on Himself once and for all.
- God has also blessed us with the Holy Spirit, his power, and put a seal on us.
- God has made us princes / princesses in His kingdom to rule with Him and the list can go on.
The point here is that, do we respond to our blessings in the same way as Jehoiachin did? The Word of God says, that he changed his prison clothes for palace garments and took his position with the king. What is our response to God’s providence / blessings in our lives?
- Do we also live our lives in faith everyday?
- Do we choose to believe His Word and act on it everyday?
- Do we claim His Word in our lives and so live the life that God has called us to, no matter what the situation is?
- Do we put away the old and put on the new clothes of Christ?
- Do we also take our position in Christ as a new creation?
Dear brethren, if we have been wallowing in the old life all this time, then it is time that we pull ourselves together and make it a point to live the new life. We shouldn’t put on a false face on the outside when we come to church but live otherwise when we go back home.
We need to respond in faith to the Lord’s word, so that our new life may start unrolling itself in our lives. For that we need to stand on God’s Word and just wait for God to do His part. He will do His part if you do yours.
Our lives may be the only living bibles, testimonies to people around us. If we ourselves continue to live dejected, sorrowful, powerless, sad lives, then what message are we passing on to others? Are we evangelizing positively, to draw people to Christ or negatively evangelizing, to push them away from Christ?
If you have heard the Lord speak to you today, then today is the day and now is the time to turn to the Lord and follow Him with all your heart, as king Josiah had done.
O Holy Spirit we ask You to please help me to walk the new life that you have given me in Christ Jesus. I make a decision now to follow you. Help me not to turn back but lead me in your ways and may I sincerely follow you with all my heart and soul and mind.
But clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for [nor even think about gratifying] the flesh in regard to its improper desires. (Romans 13:14)
- 📝 Kevin D'Souza (Mumbai)
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Blessed to be a Blessing to the Blessed People👨👩👦👦
THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAH
📖 2Kings 23:30--24:20
✔ 4 kings follow each other in quick succession under the rude mercies of Egypt and Babylon :
~ Jehoahaz rules 3 months and died in Egypt ✒ 2Kings 23:31
~ Jehoiakim rules 11 Years and died in Judah ✒ 2Kings 23:36
~ Jehoiachin rules for 3 months and died in captivity in Babylon✒ 2Kings 24:8
~ Zedekiah rules for 11 years and died in captivity in Babylon✒ 2Kings 24:18
✔ In the Davidic line, David , the first king , was put on the throne by God himself but the last kings
Jehoiakim was placed as king by Pharaoh Neco of Egypt(2Kings 23:34)
Zedekiah was made king by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon(2Kings 24:17)
✔The name of Eliakim was changed to Jehoiakim (2Kings 23:34) and the name of Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle , was changed to Zedekiah (2Kings 24:17) .
🎈 To change someone's name is to indicate one's control over them. It was a disgrace. Both Jehoiakim and Zedekiah were the puppet ruler.
✅ The records reveals that Jerusalem faced three deportations under king Nebuchadnezzar :
> 1st Deportation : Daniel and his friends were among the people ( Dan 1:1-5 )
> 2nd Deportation : Ezekiel was included ( Ezk 1:1-3)
> 3rd Deportation : Left over people but the Babylonians left behind the poorest people ( 2Kings 25:11-12 )
✅ THE FALL OF JERUSALEM
# The Temple of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem was set on fire 🔥
# The walls were broken down .
# All the articles of the Temple were plundered and carried back to Babylon .
What was wrong ?
✔The four kings Jehoahaz , Jehoiakim , Jehoiachin and Zedekiah , DID EVIL IN THE EYES OF THE LORD ( 23:32; 23:37; 24:9 ; 24:19 )
✔ They did not obey God's Word @ warning .
✔ They mocked God's messengers ; scoffed at his prophets ( 2Chron 36:16)
✒ "It was because of the Lord's anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah.." 2Kings 24:20 . Yes, His every word is fulfilled.
💕 Beloved , we are in the Last Days . Paul , while writing his second letter to the church at Corinth writes , " For no matter how many promises God has made , they are "YES" in Christ.." ✒ 1:20
All the promises are being fulfilled , and now Only One is left -- Second Coming of Christ.
ARE WE PREPARED ?
Glory to God 🙏
Mark Boje, ArP 🌅
2 Kings 24 v4 says King Manasseh caused the shedding of innocent blood in Jerusalem, and the Lord was not willing to forgive.
Here we find strangely, God who forgives willingly was not willing to forgive Manasseh because of his wilful evil deeds. He actually had the benefit of seeing his father King Hezekiah doing all the right things in the sight of God yet Manasseh turned out Satanic and caused the people of Judah to sin.
Shedding of innocent blood and worshiping idols proved to be double whammy for Manasseh and Judah.
I am tempted to compare Manasseh to Satan who was evil personified as given below.
Like Satan who caused the shedding of the innocent blood of Jesus Christ, Manasseh also shed innocent blood in Jerusalem ( 2 Ki. 24: 4)
Like Satan, Manasseh also caused the people to do evil in the eyes of the Lord ( 2 Ki. 21: 16)
Like Satan, Manasseh led Judah into idol worship (2 ki.21:10)
Two important qualities of God are love and Justice. He is able to forgive sinners since he is love personified and he pronounces judgement upon sinners since he is God of Justice.
Both love and Justice of God operate in tandem(alongside) in dealing with us. We can't expect God to forgive us out of his love at the cost of his justice when we sin willfully. While exercising his love the Lord has to uphold his justice too.
Willful shedding of innocent blood is an extreme violation of justice combined with leading the people of Judah into idol worship made it difficult even for God to forgive and hence he pronounced judgement upon Judah.
History throws up now and then leaders like Manasseh, Herod and Hitler who shed innocent blood which is difficult even for God to forgive.
A nation can only be as good as it's leader. Hence we need to pray for good leaders in all our countries who will not lead people to sin like idol worship which the Lord detests.
2 Kings 25:1 Judah was invaded by the Babylonians three times (24:1, 24:10, 25:1) just as Israel was invaded by the Assyrians three times. Once again, God demonstrated his mercy in the face of deserved judgement by giving the people repeated opportunities to repent..
In our lives too, we get pardoned many times through God's mercy. Lets not take it for granted but truly repent and submit ourselves to Lord.
Nisha - Canada
I AM THE COMPOSER OF SONGS AND CAMMANDS
⏳ Judah Overrun by Enemies
While Jehoiakim was king, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia invaded Judah, The LORD sent armed bands of Babylonians, Syrians, Moabites, and Ammonites against Jehoiakim to destroy Judah, as the LORD had said through his servants the prophets that he would do.
This happened at the LORD's command, and especially because of all the innocent people he had killed. The LORD could not forgive Manasseh for that.
⏳ The Reign and Captivity of Jehoiachin
Following the example of his father, Jehoiachin sinned against the LORD.
As the LORD had foretold, Nebuchadnezzar broke up all the gold utensils which King Solomon had made for use in the Temple.
⏳ Zedekiah Reigns in Judah
The LORD became so angry with the people of Jerusalem and Judah that he banished them from his sight.
⏳ The Fall and Captivity of Judah
He burned down the Temple, the palace, and the houses of all the important people in Jerusalem, But he left in Judah some of the poorest people, who owned no property, and put them to work in the vineyards and fields. So the people of Judah were carried away from their land into exile.
⏳ Gedaliah Made Governor of Judah
Then all the Israelites, rich and poor alike, together with the army officers, left and went to Egypt, because they were afraid of the Babylonians.
⏳ Jehoiachin Released from Prison
Evilmerodach treated him kindly and gave him a position of greater honor than he gave the other kings who were exiles with him in Babylonia.
⏳ The Family of Adam—Seth to Abraham
⏳ The Family of Ishmael
⏳ The Family of Keturah
⏳ The Family of Isaac
⏳ The Family of Seir
⏳ The Kings of Edom
⏳ Be fair with innocent ⚖
I AM COMING SOON
"ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BELONGS TO GOD ALONE"
RUINS & NEW FOUNDATIONS [2 Kgs 24- 1 Ch 1]
Nebuzaradan burnt down the Temple, the king's palace, all the houses of Jerusalem & even all the mansions. [2K 25:9] It fulfilled what God spoke through Isaiah: Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field, …. All these big, fine houses will be empty ruins. [Isa 5:8-9]
➡ Don’t fret because of evildoers. Don’t envy wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass ... [Ps 37:1-2]
➡ But the meek [anayv – poor, humble, weak, needy, afflicted] shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace. [Ps 37:11]
The kings, nobles, craftsmen etc were either killed or taken away captive. But the poorest of the land were left to be vinedressers and plowmen. [2K25:12] Jeremiah records that they gathered in wine & summer fruit in abundance. [Rf Jr 40:12]
The survivors asked Jeremiah for guidance on what they should do. God spoke through Jeremiah: Live in this land, I will build you up … Don’t be afraid of the king of Babylonia. I am with you, and I will rescue you from his power. Because I AM MERCIFUL, I will make him have mercy on you ... [Jer 42:10-12]
The strange part is that these people had SEEN every single word spoken through Jeremiah being fulfilled. They had EXPERIENCED the abundance of peace & provision after the war clouds passed. They could have rebuilt their lives. Instead they fought amongst themselves, killed Gedaliah, and then decided to go back to Egypt…
🔑 Naaman’s little servant girl, Joseph, Daniel & friends went through great trauma … kidnapped, separated from their families… One difference. They saw GOD as greater than people & their circumstances. They KNEW that God is good and held onto that truth through thick & thin. That truth became the foundation of their recovery. Knowing that Truth enabled them to run TO God, instead of away from Him.
🚩 Unbelief is Man’s FAITH in HIS OWN ability to control & organize HIS OWN life. Unbelief is Man’s belief that he is the god of his own life. UNBELIEF keeps us from recognizing the evidences of God’s love for us. Unbelief makes us test God saying, “If God really loved me, He would do --------.”
🚩 “In our blindness we approach Him with suspicious reserve. We ask how much of our fun He intends to spoil, how much He will demand from us, how high is the price we must pay before He is placated”. – Elisabeth Elliott
❓ Does God really love me? Look at the Cross. Did Jesus really need to be stripped of all dignity, suffer agonizingly and die condemned as a criminal in our place?
❤ He’s the Creator. He has complete & absolute right & authority to crush the entire Human Race. BUT, He chose to make a way for us to be rescued & brought back to Him so that He can show us kindness & mercy… [Rf Eph 2:4-7] He WANTED us to know that He loves us. [Jn 15:9, Jn 16:27, Jn 17:23]
Circumstances can leave us feeling like the burnt-out shell of Jerusalem.
BUT God promises: "I WILL rebuild you with stones of turquoise. Lay your foundations ... Construct your towers ... Your gates … and all your walls with precious stones… You'll be built solid, grounded in righteousness, …” [Isa 54:11-14]
💥God rebuilds us ONE precious truth-jewel at a time and gives us the power to make ONE righteous & wise choice at a time, so that we are rebuilt on the Solid Rock of Jesus, in HIS likeness.
Abba Father, how grateful I am that You do not make empty promises… that You fulfil every Word You speak. I believe Lord, help my unbelief. I know the things I am holding onto are worthless compared to knowing YOU. I open my hands and let go. Help me not to pick them back up ever again. I trust You to make all things new. I want YOU to be my builder and my foundation… In Jesus Name. Amen.
🍇 Simple Thoughts for
2 Kings: 25:7 "And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon"
⚡ Zedekiah was the last king of Judah. He ruled for eleven years. He was a weak king, and often listened to the evil advice of
the officials. He preferred to listen them rather than to godly prophet Jeremiah. It is sad to see how his regime came to an end. Zedekiah did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Nebuchadnezzar put the city under siege for 2 years. Zedekiah did not avail the time to turn to God. There was famine in the city and there was no food for the people. Babylonian army entered the city. Zedekiah was captured. His sons were killed before his eyes, and his own eyes were plucked out and he was carried to Babylon bound with chains. The king's wicked life made God leave the king and the people and brought them into this pathetic condition.
⚡ God in His mercy gave opportunities to Zedekiah to come back to him. But he failed to listen to God's voice.
⚡ When we fail to God's messages through the Scripture, we end up like Zedekiah and the people of
⚡ The Book closes with the people of Judah being carried away to a foreign land as captives. It was the result of the failure to follow
⚡ When we are not able to understand God's plan and purpose for our lives, or when we become adamant even after knowing his will, we reap the consequences. We may be unfaithful to God, but He is faithful in His promises.
⚡ When we come to the close of this book, we need to realize how much more a nation like ours needs prayers from us for the rulers, irrespective of their political background. Here we see a nation is led to ruins and the people to exile, because of the evil and wicked ways of its ruler, and because the people abandoned the living God.
💥 So as people who read and learnt the the histories of the kings of Israel and Judah, God gives us an obligation to pray for our
nation and for the leaders.
Dr. Thomas David.🎯