Thursday, September 25, 2008

Jerusalem's End for Now II Kings 25

II Kings 25:1 "And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about."

Egypt has slipped back into its borders and Babylon is the key player in the region now.

We have seen the greatness, the sin, and the fall of Israel and Judah of Canaan.

I am impressed that it took all his host for Nebuchadnezzar to take Jerusalem. The people were still warriors at heart. But after a long time the food ran out and the fighting men and the king tried to escape.

v5 "And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho and all his army were scattered from him."

It was a slaughter after that and all the great men were captured or killed and their homes destroyed. The king was taken captive. The house of the LORD was ransacked as well.

v12 "But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen."

Gedaliah was left as overseer of the land until the people killed him and escaped to Egypt.

The king of Babylon did finally take the king Jehoiachin out of prison and give him an allowance.

So we have took a long journey with the children of Israel. We will get more details and center on Judah in the next two books of our study.

Jeremiah 19:3 "And say, her ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle."

Keywords: Bible Study, Old Testament, Israel, Judah, Jerusalem, Jeremiah, Babylon, Chaldee, Kings. Jerusalem is taken and the people carried to Babylon.

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