Tag Archive: Jeremiah 52

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.

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.

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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