Week 23   Day 4

 

When the Israelites are captured

            and taken as prisoners

            to a foreign land 

it sounds like the end 

 

 

But you know it is not the end

            because defeat

            in God's book

            is never the final word

 

 

Victory will be the last word 

            God's plan of salvation

            continues on

 

 

There is suffering

     and there is rebirth.



                                    THE END OF AN ERA
   Characterized by short reigns, violence and invasions. 
                                     II Chronicles 35 & 36

 

     25Jeremiah lamented for Josiah.  To this day all the singing

men and the women speak of Josiah in their lamentations. 

26The acts of Josiah and his goodness, according to what was

written in the Law of the Lord, 27and his deeds from first to

last, are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

     1Then the people took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and

made him king.  2Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when

he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. 

    3The king of Egypt deposed him at Jerusalem; and he
imposed
on the land a tribute of one hundred talents of silver
and a
talent of gold.  4Then the king of Egypt made Jehoahaz's

brother Eliakim king in Jerusalem, and changed his name

to Jehoiakim.  And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother and

carried him off to Egypt.

     5Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became

king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.  He did evil

in the sight of the Lord his God. 

    6Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him,

and bound him in bronze fetters to carry him off to Babylon. 

7Nebuchandnezzar also carried off some of the articles from

the house of the Lord to Babylon, and put them in his temple

at Babylon.  8The rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, which he

did, and what was found against him, indeed they are written

in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. 

     9Jehoiachin was eight years old when he became king,

and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days.  

10At the turn of the year king Nebuchadnezzar summoned

him and took him to Babylon, with the costly articles from the
house of the Lord, and made Zedekiah, Jehoiakim's brother,

king over Judah and Jerusalem.

     11Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became

king, and he reigned eleven years.  12He did evil in the sight

of the Lord his God, and did not humble himself before

Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the Lord. 

13He also rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar

    He stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning

to the Lord God of Israel.  14Moreover all the leaders of the

priests and the people transgressed more and more, according

to all the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house

of the Lord which He had consecrated in Jerusalem.
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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