Nebuchadnezzar Attacks And Jerusalem is Destroyed

“God Himself could not sink this ship,” boasted a deckhand aboard R. M. S. Titanic in 1912. The men who built the ship, the civilized world, the credulous public-all believed and boasted that the ship was unsinkable. But God was not mocked. It is said that when the capt … More

Destruction

At the death of Josiah, his son Jehoahaz was crowned king (v. 1) He was 23 years old at the time and only ruled three months (v. 2). He was captured by King Neco from Egypt, who forced Judah to pay 3.4 tons of silver and 34 kilograms of gold as taxes (v. 3). Neco made Jehoahaz’s brother Eliakim king of Judah and changed his name to Jehoiakim (v. 4). Jehoahaz was sent to Egypt as a prisoner.

Jehoiakim was 25 years old when he was appointed king and he ruled 11 years from Jerusalem (v. 5). Jehoiakim disobeyed the Lord and was an evil King. During Jehoiakim’s rule, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia invaded Judah, arrested him and put him in chains, and then sent him to the capital city of Babylon (v. 6). Nebuchadnezzar carried off many of the things in the Lord’s temple and put them in his palace in Babylon (v. 7). All of the disgusting and evil things Jehoiakim did are written in the book of 1st and 2nd Kings (v. 8). His son Jehoiachin then became King.

Jehoiachin was 18 years old when he became king of Judah and he ruled only 3 months and 10 days from Jerusalem (v. 9). He also disobeyed the Lord by doing evil (v. 10). King Nebuchadnezzar had Jehoiachinarrested and taken to Babylon with many valuable items in the temple.

Application

I never like to see things destroyed that the Lord has made. However, it may be God’s way of purifying things just as he did with the flood in Noah’s day. He will never destroy my salvation.

II Chronicles 36:11-23 (English Standard Version)

Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD his God. He did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the LORD. He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God. He stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the LORD, the God of Israel. All the officers of the priests and the people likewise were exceedingly unfaithful, following all the abominations of the nations. And they polluted the house of the LORD that he had made holy in Jerusalem. The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD rose against his people, until there was no remedy. Therefore he brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or aged. He gave them all into his hand. And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king and of his princes, all these he brought to Babylon. And they burned the house of God and broke down the wall of Jerusalem and burned all its palaces with fire and destroyed all its precious vessels. He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its Sabbaths. All the days that it lay desolate it kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years. Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: "Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, 'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may the LORD his God be with him. Let him go up.'"

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