READ : 2 Kings 24,25
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, now crushes Judah. This Scripture says he did it at God’s command because of sin. It says further that God would not pardon. Why? Because God only pardons those who repent and put their trust in His promises. The leaders and those with technological skills are taken into exile in Babylon. Only the poor who had no means of resistance remain.
Babylon places Zedekiah on the throne of Judah and when he rebels his sons are killed in front of him and then he is blinded. Enemies burn the temple and break down the walls of Jerusalem. They carry booty including the temple vessels back to Babylon. How tragic the results of continual rebellion against God!
Gedaliah is made governor of Judah but he is assassinated. The remnant of the people flee to Egypt. The end has come. But this is not the end of the story; there are further chapters. A gracious God will bring a remnant back from Babylon to rebuild the temple. For now, the end has come for Judah.
The Bible tells us that someday the whole world will come to an end. God will destroy this planet which we have polluted. But God in His grace will replace this world with a new heaven and a new earth where there will always be righteousness and peace.
PRAYERFather, we praise You for Your grace making all things new out of what has been ruined by sin. In Christ. Amen.