Tag Archive: 2 Kings 25

End of Ezekiel’s Ministry

“The word of the Lord comes to Ezekiel again.  This time it comes as a somewhat strange footnote to a judgment which Ezekiel had brought 16 years earlier against the city of Tyre.  Pursuant to the earlier prophecy, Nebuchadnezzar was to destroy Tyre completely, and someday it would be left a ‘bare rock.’  Since then Nebuchadnezzar has not been able to reach the island city of Tyre itself — at least not profitably enough to make it worth his trouble.  Therefore God seems to be telling Ezekiel that he is giving Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar as a consolation prize.”

Read:  Ezekiel 29:17-21

Nebuchadnezzar’s Temporary Insanity

“In what appears to be the last two or three years of his reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia apparently becomes a true believer in the powerful God of his servant Daniel.  He in fact still believes that all his accomplishments have been the result of his own abilities, and he fails to see a purposeful God working through him.  As he reflects on his reign, his heart is filled with false pride.  Yet, ironically, this very pride makes Nebuchadnezzar and easy target for God’s final appeal to him.

Nebuchadnezzar issues an edict telling the whole world how God first warned him and then proceeded to humble him by bringing on a period of temporary insanity.  He expressed reason for revealing the embarrassing incident is to bring honor to a God powerful enough to so humble a world leader, yet gracious enough to restore him to his throne.”

Read:  Daniel 4

End of Jeremiah’s Ministry

“Nebuchadnezzar is succeeded by his sown Awel-Marduk.  In the first year of his reign he releases Jehoiachin from prison and bring shim to a place of honor in Babylonia.”

Read:  2 Kings 25:27-30, Jeremiah 52:31-34

“Although there will be other prophets and prophecies to come, the era of the great written prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel now comes to a close.”

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

A Remnant Flees to Egypt

“A contingent of army officers who had not been captured will apparently fall under the influence of the Ammonites, who will persuade them to assassinate Gedaliah.  Their character is further revealed when they murder 70 innocent men, apparently without reason, and take captive their own countrymen at Mizpah.

Just when it appears that other former officers are about to right all the wrongs, they too exhibit wicked character; leading a whole remnant of Hebrews away to Egypt, including Jeremiah and Baruch.  So it is that in the very country against which he has brought such harsh judgments, Jeremiah finds himself once again crying out against idolatry and having to bring more rebuke and judgment.”

Read:  2 Kings 25:23-26, Jeremiah 40:7-16, Jeremiah 41, 42, 43, 44 & 51:64

“What a disheartening experience this must be for Jeremiah — off in a foreign country, separated from his scattered family, and surrounded by idolatrous Hebrews who have not even begun to learn the lesson of Judah’s fall.  Now in his older years Jeremiah must indeed have a broken heart.  But surely in the kingdom of the Messiah about whom he has confidently prophesied he will receive great reward.”

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Fall of Jerusalem

“The end has finally come.  Plagued by famine, drought, and pestilence from within, and besieged by the Babylonian hordes from without, the City of David finally falls.  The historical record is mercifully brief in its account, as if the shame of it all forbids greater mention.  With the fall now an undeniable reality, the final chapter of the glorious era of Israel comes to a close, and the prophets of God are regrettably vindicated.”

Read:  2 Kings 25:2-21, Jeremiah 39:2-10, Jeremiah 52:5-30, 2 Chronicles 36:17-21

Gedaliah and Jeremiah

“God reassured Jeremiah that he would be saved.  Working through Nebuchadnezzar and his officers, God now fulfills his promise.  Jeremiah’s future is about to cross paths with a man named Gedaliah, whom Nebuchadnezzar appoints as governor over the people left behind.”

Read:  2 Kings 25:22, Jeremiah 39:11-18, Jeremiah 40:1-6

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“If the picture of a sword fails to get Judah’s attention, the following allegory certainly ought to.  In all of Scripture there is probably no more graphic an indictment.  Modern readers are almost offended by the candid exposure of two promiscuous sisters, representing Israel and Judah.  One gets at least some idea of the degree to which God himself is offended by his people’s infidelity.”

Read:  Ezekiel 23

“God feels deeply the shame an disgrace that his ‘bride’ has brought him.  Her disrespect for his spiritual leadership, her chasing after material satisfaction, and her many adulteries with lesser gods have left him no choice.  Israel must be put away until she repents.  The time has come.  Even now it begins.”

Siege of Jerusalem

“It is not known exactly when Zedekiah first gets the foolish notion to rebel against Nebuchadnezzar but when he does rebel, Nebuchadnezzar responds in predictable fashion by entering Judah with his powerful Babylonian army and laying siege to its cities, including Jerusalem.”

Read:  2 Kings 24:20, 2 Chronicles 36:13, Jeremiah 52:3-4, 2 Kings 25:1, Jeremiah 39:1

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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