The Great Deportation

“Upon the death of his father, eighteen-year-old Jehoiachin ascends the throne of Judah, but he reigns for only three months.  Nebuchadnezzar is not about to allow a second king of Judah to defy him, so he comes to lead the new king away as a captive.

Jehoiachin’s fate is linked to the fate of thousands of God’s people.  There have been many deportations already, and more will follow, but this is to be by far the greatest deportation of them all.  Significant among the royal and priestly captives is a man by the name of Ezekiel, who will soon be called by God to be a prophet among his fellow captives in Babylonia.”

Read:  2 Kings 24:6-16, 2 Chronicles 36:8-10, Jeremiah 22:24-30, Daniel 1:1-2

Reign of Zedekiah

“With the great deportation under way and young King Jehoiachin being taken to Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar sets up Jehoiachin’s uncle Mattaniah to be a puppet king.  Nebuchadnezzar calls Mattaniah by the name of Zedekiah, and that is how he will be remembered throughout history.  The 11 years of his reign will come to a disastrous end with the fall of Jerusalem.”

Read:  2 Kings 24:17-20, 2 Chronicles 36:10-16, Jeremiah 37:1-2, Jeremiah 52:1-3

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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