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READING: 2 Kings 25 – Judah’s Exile and Jerusalem Destroyed; Zedekiah Taken to Babylon 


Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. In the ninth year of his reign, on the tenth month, the tenth day of the month, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came against Jerusalem and laid siege to it until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. On the fourth month, the ninth day, the famine became so severe there was no food for the people. Then a breach was made in the wall; the king with all the soldiers fled by night. They went toward the Arabah. The Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him on the plains of Jericho; his army scattered, deserting him. The Chaldeans captured the King and brought him to the King of Babylon, who passed sentences on him. 

They slaughtered Zedekiah’s sons before his eyes, put out the eyes of Zedekiah, bound him in fetters, and took him to Babylon. 

In the fifth month, the seventh day the Captain of the Bodyguard of Nebuchadnezzar came to Jerusalem. He burned the house of the LORD, the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem. The army who was with the captain of the guard broke down the walls of Jerusalem. 

The captain of the guard carried into exile the rest of the people left in the city and the deserters who defected to the King of Babylon, but he left the poorest people of the land to be vinedressers and tillers of the soil. 

The Chaldeans broke in pieces the bronze pillars as well as the stands and the bronze sea in the house of the LORD and carried the bronze to Babylon. They took all the pots, shovels, snuffers, dishes for incense, and all the bronze vessels used in the temple service as well as the firepans and basins. The captain took the gold and the silver for Babylon.  

So, Judah went into exile out of its land. 

Nebuchadnezzar appointed Gedaliah as governor of Judah to be over the people who remained in the land. The officers of the army that had scattered heard Gedaliah had been appointed governor, and they came with some from the army to Gedaliah. He told them, “Do not be afraid of the Chaldeans; live in the land, serve the King of Babylon, and it shall be well with you.” But in the seventh month, Ishmael of the royal family killed Gedaliah. Then all the people, high and low, and the officers of the army set out for Egypt, for they were afraid of the Chaldeans. 

Jeremiah had warned them not to go to Egypt, but they said he was lying to get them to stay in the land with the Chaldeans. He went with them to Egypt and continued to warn them that this was against the will of the LORD. But they would not listen (Jeremiah 43:1-7). 

I sent you my servants the prophets, saying, “I beg you not to do this abominable thing that I hate!” But they would not listen (Jeremiah 44:4). 

How well do we listen to the Word (Logos) today? 

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PRAY FOR YOURSELF 

Righteous and Holy Father, I know I should listen to Your Son through Your Spirit at all times. Yet, my heart is such that I do not always hear His voice or His knock at the door of my heart. Draw me closer to You that I may learn to hear Him is what I pray, in the loving name of Jesus, AMEN! 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (AND FOR MYSELF 

O Abba Father, as mere men, it is hard for us to grasp all that You want from us, Yet Jesus said it clearly: LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, SOUL, MIND, AND STRENGTH, AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF. Everything hangs on these two commands. Why don’t we understand these two things? This is my prayer in the sweet name of Jesus, that I pray for myself and all readers, AMEN! 

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