Ignoring The Will of God

Court cases sometimes are labeled: “Stevenson vs. The People” or “Jones vs. Texas,” and I sometimes wonder what great sin the person did to be “against” by so many persons. But at the Last Judgment, every case will be labeled “(A) vs. G … More

Judgment

Zedekiah, son on Josiah was the last king of Judah. His two older brothers Jehoahaz and Jehoiakim and his nephew Jehoiachin ruled before him. When Jehoiachin was exiled to Babylon and Zedekiah was 21 years of age he was made king (v. 1). A year and a half after the Babylonian army came against Jerusalem they captured the city. “In the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, a breach was made in the city” (v. 2), The Babylonian armies poured into the city, overthrew it, captured the palace and burned it to the ground, captured the temple, burned it to the ground, took the king captive, put out his eyes, and led him away to Babylon (vv. 3-10). And Jeremiah was freed from his prison house.

There are at least four things that we can glean from this account which are of significance to us today. We find here four ways by which individuals and nations seek to turn aside the will of God, and all are present in our nation today:

  1. People can ignore and refuse to listen to God, and give themselves over to things that help them forget a life of sin by refusing to hear and heed the Word of God.
  2. People can persecute the prophets of God, and hinder the message of God. Perhaps that is more visible in third world countries today than it is here, but it is happening in America too!
  3. People can seek to circumvent the catastrophe which is coming by political maneuvering and manipulations. It is an attempt to escape judgment by cover-ups, pretenses and bribery.
  4. People can compromise in outward ways, but fall short of real submission to God. That is when a people become outwardly religious but their hearts remain unchanged.

Application

There is only one attitude that will avert the coming judgment of God: repentance, humiliation before God, acknowledgment of guilt, a cry to God that he will change me, forgive me and heal this land.

Jeremiah 39:1-10 (English Standard Version)

In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came against Jerusalem and besieged it. In the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, a breach was made in the city. Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came and sat in the middle gate: Nergal-sar-ezer, Samgar-nebu, Sar-sekim the Rab-saris, Nergal-sar-ezer the Rab-mag, with all the rest of the officers of the king of Babylon. When Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled, going out of the city at night by way of the king's garden through the gate between the two walls; and they went toward the Arabah. But the army of the Chaldeans pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. And when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, at Riblah, in the land of Hamath; and he passed sentence on him. The king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah at Riblah before his eyes, and the king of Babylon slaughtered all the nobles of Judah. He put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him in chains to take him to Babylon. The Chaldeans burned the king's house and the house of the people, and broke down the walls of Jerusalem. Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried into exile to Babylon the rest of the people who were left in the city, those who had deserted to him, and the people who remained. Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, left in the land of Judah some of the poor people who owned nothing, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time.

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