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Reasons Jerusalem Was Captured

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Dwight L. Moody was, at one time, in a southern city preaching about the value of the Word of God in a person’s life. Suddenly he was interrupted by the loud voice of a man in the audience. “Mr. Moody, I do not believe a single word in that collection of old wives’ tales you … More

Punishment

Jerusalem had been so prosperous and protected that neither kings nor ordinary citizens anywhere could have dreamed that she could be over-run and conquered. Then why was she captured?

  1. One cause of Jerusalem’s siege and fall was the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests (vv. 14-16). These spiritual leaders had shed the blood of the innocent and just. They had even attempted to add Jeremiah to their list. Without honor or respect they wandered the countryside as vagabonds. God allowed these leaders to be scattered because they had led the people into sin.
  2. The second cause of Jerusalem’s siege and fall was the futility of foreign alliances (vv. 17-19). Instead of trusting in God, Jerusalem had turned to Egypt for protection from Babylon. Both Jeremiah and Ezekiel had warned against the futility of trusting in Egypt for protection (Jer. 37:6-10 and Ezek. 29:6-7). Powerful, swift enemies overwhelmed Judah.
  3. The third cause of Jerusalem’s siege and fall was Zedekiah her king (v. 20). King Zedekiah, although called “the anointed of the Lord” had little spiritual depth and leadership. Instead of putting his faith in God and listening to His prophet, Jeremiah, he listened to the false prophets.  The people chose to follow their king instead of following the directives God was giving through His prophet, Jeremiah. When Jerusalem fell, Zedekiah tried to escape toward the Jordan River (Jer. 39:2-7) but was caught in the enemy’s traps. Even his children were killed and he was carried away in chains.

Application

I can be very sure of the Bible principle of sowing and reaping so need to be very careful what I sow.

Lamentations 4:14-22 (English Standard Version)

They wandered, blind, through the streets; they were so defiled with blood that no one was able to touch their garments. "Away! Unclean!" people cried at them. "Away! Away! Do not touch!" So they became fugitives and wanderers; people said among the nations, "They shall stay with us no longer." The LORD himself has scattered them; he will regard them no more; no honor was shown to the priests, no favor to the elders. Our eyes failed, ever watching vainly for help; in our watching we watched for a nation which could not save. They dogged our steps so that we could not walk in our streets; our end drew near; our days were numbered, for our end had come. Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles in the heavens; they chased us on the mountains; they lay in wait for us in the wilderness. The breath of our nostrils, the LORD's anointed, was captured in their pits, of whom we said, "Under his shadow we shall live among the nations." Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, you who dwell in the land of Uz; but to you also the cup shall pass; you shall become drunk and strip yourself bare. The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter of Zion, is accomplished; he will keep you in exile no longer; but your iniquity, O daughter of Edom, he will punish; he will uncover your sins.

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