Monday, January 18, 2016


Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and bound him in chains to take him to Babylon.
2 Chronicles 36:6

Jehoiakim was the last true king in Jerusalem. Babylon marched in against him, laid a long siege to the city, captured the king and led captives from Judah away to far off Babylon. The curses of the covenant came into full fruition as Judah forsook the Lord, abandoned the worship of God in His temple, and made a mockery of His Law. The captivity that God warned them by His prophets came without mercy and took the king and the nation to a land that they did not want to live in, by a people both feared and hated.

Forcibly marched to Babylon, there the Jews would learn to humbly worship God, grieve over their sins, and wait again for God to bless them. For generations they would thrive in captivity as they repented and eventually after 70 years would be allowed to return. God would be gracious even in their worst loss.

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