The Destruction of Judah & Captivity to Babylon

2 Kgs 24:1-20

Jehoiakim, as we learnt from yesterday, also did evil in the sight of God, unlike Josiah. In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up to Judah, and Jehoiakim became his servant. However after three years he rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar, and this led to the destruction of Judah. The bands of Chaldees, Syrians, Moabites and Ammonites all came against Judah, and destroyed it as God foretold.

After Jehoiakim died, his son Jehoiachin became king at the age of eighteen, he also however did evil in God’s sight. It was during this time that the king of Babylon besieged the city, took away the king, his servants, his princes, and all the treasures of the house of the Lord and the king. He took all the mighty men of valour from Jerusalem, up to ten thousand captives, leaving only the poorest people in the land.

Zedekiah was then made the king of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar, at the age of twenty one. he reigned for eleven years and also did evil in God’s sight. He rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar, and this led to the people being fully cast out of Jerusalem before the Lord.

When God warns about pending judgment. it is for us to know that he is very serious. His people were eventually taken to captivity as he had persistently warned them due to their disobedience. their measure was full. We will do well ourselves to turn to God before it is too late.

Do it today!

Some verses to remember

13-14: And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had said. And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of the people of the land.

20  For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

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