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Week 20 Day 7
The negative side of the covenant is
God removed the people
from his sight
This may be true symbolically
but not literally
God turned his face away from them
God showed them his back and not his face
This is the opposite
of what God intended
the opposite of the blessing God gave to Moses and Aaron
"May the Lord make his face
shine upon you."
For God to turn his face from you
is about as low as it gets
but it is not the final word
God's love does not end.
This is the end of an era for the children of Israel
never again would they have
a king in Jerusalem.
CAPTIVITY The Lord put the children of Israel "out of his sight". II Kings 23, 24 & 25
31Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became
king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. 32He did
evil in the sight of the Lord. 33Pharaoh Necho put him in
prison; 34and made Eliakim the son of Josiah king, and
changed his name to Jehoiakim. Pharaoh took Jehoahaz and
went to Egypt, and he died there. 6Then Jehoiachin his son
reigned in his place. 7The king of Egypt did not come out
of his land anymore, for the king of Babylon had taken all that
belonged to the king of Egypt to the River Euphrates.
10At that time Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up
against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged. 12Jehoiachin,
his mother, servants, princes and officers went out to the king
of Babylon, and the king of Babylon took him prisoner. 13And
he carried out from there all the treasures of the house of the
Lord and the treasures of the king's house. 14He carried into
captivity all Jerusalem: all the captains and all the mighty men
of valor, ten thousand captives and all the craftsmen and smiths.
None remained except the poorest people of the land.
17The king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle,
king in his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah. 18He was
twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned
eleven years in Jerusalem. 19He also did evil in the sight of the
Lord, 20and He finally cast them out from His presence.
Then Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. 1In
the ninth year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar and all his army
came against Jerusalem and encamped against it; 2the city
was besieged. 3There was no food for the people.
4Then the city wall was broken through, and all the men of war fled at night. 5But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his army was scattered from him. 7They killed the sons of Zedediah before his eyes, put out the eyes of Zedekiah, bound him with bronze fetters, and took him to Babylon.
9Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, came to Jerusalem
and burned the house of the Lord, the king's house, and all the houses of the great. 10The army of the Chaldeans broke down the walls of Jerusalem all around. 11He carried away captive the rest of the people who remained in the city. 12But the captain left some of the poor of the land as vinedressers and farmers. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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