Destruction & Captivity

2 Kgs 25:1-30

Today, we come to the end of the book of second kings, and as we read we see it ending in tragedy for Jerusalem.  We had a bit more detail of how the city was captured. With the  Babylonian army surrounding the city, food was cut short. The men of war also ran away from the city, and Zedekiah, the king, too was on the run, but he was overtaken and his men scattered from him. Zedekiah was captured, and brought before the king of Babylon, to be judged. They also slew his sons right before him, and put out his own eyes.

Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard for the king of Babylon, then went to Jerusalem and burnt the house of the Lord and the king’s house, including all the houses in Jerusalem, every great man’s house. The walls of Jerusalem were also broken down, and the multitude of the people were carried away by Nebuzardan.

So, Judah was carried away out of their land, and for the few remnants, Gedaliah was made ruler.

This is definitely not the end of Judah, for God always have a plan for his people. It will however be to our own advantage to obey God and prevent the need to go into captivity for any reason in the first instance.

Some verses to remember

9-11:  And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man’s house burnt he with fire. And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about. Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away.

10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.
2Ki 25:11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away.

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