2 Chronicles 36:5–10
5 Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord his God.
6 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him, and bound him in bronze fetters to carry him off to Babylon.
7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried off some of the articles from the house of the Lord to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.
8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, the abominations which he did, and what was found against him, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. Then Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.
9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord.
10 At the turn of the year King Nebuchadnezzar summoned him and took him to Babylon, with the costly articles from the house of the Lord, and made Zedekiah, Jehoiakim’s brother, king over Judah and Jerusalem.
The days of Judah after king Josiah are sad days that go from bad to worse. The kings who followed Josiah led the nation farther and farther from God and closer to captivity and slavery. As we read these six verses we learn gruesome details that no one rejoiced over. The final king mentioned is Zedekiah who rejected the words of the prophet Jeremiah until the city was destroyed, the king’s sons were killed before his eyes, and then his eyes were burned out so the last thing he ever remembered seeing was the murder of his own sons, one of whom should have been the next king.
We all know that the danger of not learning history is the fear that it will be repeated. If God is God and people are people then we have to admit that society is not far from repeating the failure of the nation of Israel. The mockery of God, His word and His people is at a fever pitch. A man can have a sex change and the media loves him. A Christian has one failure exposed in his past and Christianity as a whole is mocked and ridiculed.
I fear for our country because it was founded on Christian, biblical principles of law and justice. History revisionists want to change what the God-fearing founding fathers meant. The rule of law and justice has been eroded. Righteousness is no longer something to protect. Religious freedom is being replaced by public opinion which will lead the people away from religious freedom to sexual tolerance.
Here is my question from today’s passage: When will God determine that we have strayed far enough from Him and send us into some sort of bondage where all freedoms will be lost? We need to pray for God’s patience and mercy upon us. His wrath cannot be far away. When the wrath of God falls it is not pretty, it is not nice, no, it is very painful upon all who must endure it. Walk in righteousness and peace with God so that when He judges the godless we will remain at peace in our own hearts. (Daniel, Hannaniah, Mishael, and Azzariah did.)
Tonight is our midweek prayer and Bible study time. As always, I invite you at least to come for prayer. The first 45 minutes is our prayer time. If you can stay for the study, great. If you cannot stay we will all benefit from our prayer time together.
Have a great day in the Lord,