Week 44 Day 1
Sunday (1 Kings 24 – 25)
Jehoahaz was king for three months and did evil – so Pharoah Necho imprisoned him, levied a heavy tribute on the people, and installed Eliakim king in his place, and changed his name to Jehoiakim – he ruled for eleven years.
During this time King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked and made Jehoiakim his subject for three years.
Jehoiakim rebelled, so the Lord sent Babylonian, Syrian, Moabite, and Ammonite raiding bands to destroy Judah for generations of rebellion (highlighted by Manassah’s extreme evil).
Jehoiachin became king and ruled for three months and did evil.
God allowed King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to besiege the city and take the king and his royal court and ten thousand people prisoner, installing Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, as king in his place. He stripped the palace and temple of valuables – and he renamed Mattaniah to Zedekiah.
Zedekiah ruled for eleven years when, following his rebellion against them, the Babylonians breached the city walls and destroyed the siege-impoverished city. They killed Zedekiah’s sons as he watched, gouged-out his eyes, then took him away in chains.
Nebuchadnezzar sent his forces to destroy everything of significance in Jerusalem, including the temple, the royal palace, all of the larger houses, and the protective city walls. The remaining members of the kings court were found and executed and everyone but the poor were deported.
Gedaliah was appointed governor of the remaining people and invited the remnant military in hiding to join him, once things were safe, but they had to submit to the Babylonians. Rather than follow Gedaliah they waited a few months, returned and killed him, then fled to Egypt with the remaining people – for fear of the Babylonian’s revenge.
King Evil-Merodach of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, pardoned King Jehoiachin of Judah, gave him prestige above the other captive kings, and allowed him to join him at the royal table for the remainder of his life. [The text is unclear as
the reason for this action.]
Dear Lord, You place boundaries on Your patience, thus rebellion is not tolerated endlessly. May I remember to not presume upon Your patience with repeated sin. Your sovereign will is sometimes administered by non-Believers who are unaware that they serve Your purpose. May I be watchful for Your action in this world, always remembering that Your means to an end are always the most-perfect possible. Amen. dmc2016