Insights on Today's Reading
2 Kings 24 - At this point in Israel's history the northern tribes have already been taken into captivity to the Assyrians. Now Judah is under Babylon's control and King Nebuchadnezzar puts Jehoiakim in charge, but Jehoiakim immediately rebels against Babylon and this brought retribution to Judah. After his death his son Jehoiachin becomes king but only lasted three months before Nebuchadnezzar came and attacked the city. He carried away many of the sacred items from the Temple and then put Zedekiah in charge.
2 Kings 25 - This is another account given in the Old Testament (at least four times this is mentioned) of Zedekiah's demise as king and the horrible way that happened. Jerusalem was burned down and destroyed. A governor, Gedaliah was appointed to watch over the few remaining Judeans, but he was assassinated and the people fled to Egypt. It's an awful sad way to see how far down all of Israel had come since David's glorious kingdom!
2 Chronicles 36 - This is the Chronicles' account of the last reigning kings of Judea. From verses 14-21 a clear presentation is given as to why judgment fell on all of Israel. Its stated in verse 15 that God had "compassion on His people and on His dwelling place." But the people rebelled. The chapter closes with a very interesting statement from the Persian king, Cyrus, that he was giving the captive Israelites permission to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. You'll see more about this when you read the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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