Jeremiah Chapter 52

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Jeremiah 52

Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about.

So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.

Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king’s garden; (now the Chaldeans were by the city round about:) and they went by the way of the plain.

But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him.

Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; where he gave judgment upon him.

10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.

11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

12 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem,

13 And burned the house of the Lord, and the king’s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire:

14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down all the walls of Jerusalem round about.

15 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive certain of the poor of the people, and the residue of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the multitude.

16 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left certain of the poor of the land for vinedressers and for husbandmen.

17 Also the pillars of brass that were in the house of the Lord, and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the Lord, the Chaldeans brake, and carried all the brass of them to Babylon.

18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away.

19 And the basons, and the firepans, and the bowls, and the caldrons, and the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups; that which was of gold in gold, and that which was of silver in silver, took the captain of the guard away.

20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve brasen bulls that were under the bases, which king Solomon had made in the house of the Lord: the brass of all these vessels was without weight.

21 And concerning the pillars, the height of one pillar was eighteen cubits; and a fillet of twelve cubits did compass it; and the thickness thereof was four fingers: it was hollow.

22 And a chapiter of brass was upon it; and the height of one chapiter was five cubits, with network and pomegranates upon the chapiters round about, all of brass. The second pillar also and the pomegranates were like unto these.

23 And there were ninety and six pomegranates on a side; and all the pomegranates upon the network were an hundred round about.

24 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door:

25 He took also out of the city an eunuch, which had the charge of the men of war; and seven men of them that were near the king’s person, which were found in the city; and the principal scribe of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and threescore men of the people of the land, that were found in the midst of the city.

26 So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah.

27 And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to death in Riblah in the land of Hamath. Thus Judah was carried away captive out of his own land.

28 This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away captive: in the seventh year three thousand Jews and three and twenty:

29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar he carried away captive from Jerusalem eight hundred thirty and two persons:

30 In the three and twentieth year of Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Jews seven hundred forty and five persons: all the persons were four thousand and six hundred.

31 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison.

32 And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon,

33 And changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life.

34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.

42 thoughts on “Jeremiah Chapter 52

  1. THY KINGDOM COME
    LOSS OF VISION

    8 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him.
    9 Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; where he gave judgment upon him.
    10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.
    11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

    The Kingdom of GOD comes with vengence on the disobedient, the KING has already established HIS Kingdom and every other kingdom must submit to HIM or risk the pain of losing their own vision, sight and sons.

    WHY?

    2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
    3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

    Because the kingdom of man did not submit to the Kingdom of GOD. When we attempt to elevate our own will and kingdom above that of the LORD, we oppose the Kingdom of GOD and lose our VISION for the future, sight of the present and sons from the fold. Be WISE today in choices to follow the LORD JESUS.

    Seek FIRST the Kingdom of GOD.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  2. 2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    We need to do what is good in the sight of the lord! As well as when the lord is not watching we need to do what is good! His grace and mercy has saved me not to do evil but to do good! The lord created everything including me to give him praise!

  3. 2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
    3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

    His will, will always come to pass, however, it can be determined by our own actions. The Lord wants to have relationship with His people, He wants to bless and see His people prosper – but if our actions deter that, if our actions are evil in His sight, how can we expect reward..? We serve a gracious and merciful God, but He’s also a just God and living a life that He detests will only bring us the same results we’ve been reading about – destruction.

  4. 2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    What If?
    Rebellion caused this young man at 21 to be taken from kingship to a prisoner. He there 37 years eyes blinded . I wonder how many times he thought What if ?
    There is no record of the 37 years if his life in prison except at the end he found favor. What a long time to live with What If.? Don’t rebell against the Word if God listen to those who are trying to lead you they are only wanting to help you get to the Kingdom without the sorrow of What If? There is safety in His Kingdom.

    34 When Jehoiachin king of Judah had been in exile for thirty-seven years, Evil-Merodach became king in Babylon and let Jehoiachin out of prison. This release took place on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month. The king treated him most courteously and gave him preferential treatment beyond anything experienced by the political prisoners held in Babylon. Jehoiachin took off his prison garb and from then on ate his meals in company with the king. The king provided everything he needed to live comfortably for the rest of his life.

  5. These things happened because of the Lord ’s anger against the people of Jerusalem and Judah, until he finally banished them from his presence and sent them into exile. Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
    Jeremiah 52:3 NLT
    GOD did just as he promised
    I don’t even want get to the point when my sin get so great that banished me from his presence his presence is heaven to me and there please I rather be but here in your presence

  6. 2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

  7. Jeremiah 52:1-2
    1) ZEDEKIAH was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
    2) And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    Zedekiah did evil in the eyes of the LORD, just as his brother, Jehoiakim, had done. In other words, he followed in his brother’s footsteps – doing evil. (Zedekiah had been given direct messages from God through the prophet Jeremiah, but he refused to submit to the LORD. Because of his rebellion and disobedience, he lost his sons, his sight, his freedom, and his throne.)

    1 Cor. 11:1 says, “BE ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
    Heb.13:7 says, “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”
    Today, we need to know who we follow. We need to follow Pastor as he follows Christ. We need to follow in his faith in Christ Jesus.

  8. 1 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

    2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    Mother’s beware – you set the atmosphere and the tone of your home. Teach your children to love the Lord with all their heart, mind, and soul. Teach them to walk in the ways of the Lord. Be strong and bold and don’t allow them to do evil in the sight of God while under your roof. Example faithfulness in front them, honor your Pastor in front of them, don’t gossip in front of them (of at all.) Let them see you worship, let them hear you prayer, let them see you being a soul winner. This is the best legacy we can give our children!

  9. 10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.
    11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

    For the king’s disobedience, he had to witness his son’s death before he lost his eyesight. While he was punished, it was his children that paid with their lives. Parents are charged by God to train up a child in the way he should go…teach them the ways of the Lord. This scripture comes with the promise that when they are old, they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

  10. Because the people did not honor the Lord their God, all that they did honor and take pride in was either destroyed or taken, even their children.

    For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord , whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
    Exodus 34:14 KJV

    And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh…
    Genesis 6:3 KJV

    Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
    Job 40:11 KJV

    When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
    Proverbs 11:2 KJV

  11. Then he supervised the entire Babylonian army
    as they tore down the walls of Jerusalem on every side.
    Jeremiah 52: 14 NLT

    Throughout the Book of Jeremiah we have read the warnings of God through the prophet (man of God) however the people of God chose not to obey and continue following their own path. As I finish reading this chapter something came to my mind concerning our families. I personally believe that when we are in line with the principles of God he set he’s covering of protection, blessing, and favor over us. Back in the days the people built walls around the city as a mechanism of Defense against the enemy, today I feel that in a way we have failed to Bill the wall of protection over our families. Throughout the Book of Jeremiah we read many times that judgment came because of Disobedience and prade.

  12. Jeremiah 52:5 (English Amp) So the city was besieged until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. [ 11 Chron 36 :11-13] This chapter is saying that this boy that was 21 years old when became king and then reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. He was found evil in the sight of the Lord. He didn’t even humble himself before Jeremiah , the prophet who spoke God’s word. Lord help parent’s today teach there children how to learn about God ways and love God with all their hearts.

  13. These things happened because of the Lord ’s anger against the people of Jerusalem and Judah, until he finally banished them from his presence and sent them into exile. Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

    God fulfilled his own words and carried out judgement just as he said. Its so sad the the people did not throw themselves at the mercy of God and just see if there was any way to be forgiven. The bible says His mercies are new every morning and if they had just sought His forgiveness maybe it would be a different story. We must remember our duty to be obedient to God and His will. If not we will crash and burn.

  14. 3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. J.S ( such as a time as this, then mercy from the Lord ) 32 And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon j.soliz

  15. 52:2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
    ————-
    According to…. hmmm🤔?

    Lord hear my plead! Concerning my children…… that they may follow righteousness instead of evil.
    And yes , as a parent it’s my responsibility to teach my children the way of God, talk to them about God, and let them know His statues ….
    How is my relationship with the Lord? Am I obeying him? Do I love his precepts?
    What is my desire level of his ways? ……..
    I pray
    I repent
    I seek
    I obey
    I work
    I reap!
    THANK YOU LORD!

  16. iLove the Kingdom
    10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.
    11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah

    Very sad story of a rebellious king that refused to be obedient to the Prophet of the Lord. Can you imagine the pain when reality set in. All your children killed right in front of your very eyes and then your eyes are put out. The last thing you ever see is the death of those you love. Wow, what a tragic example of the life of disobedience.

  17. Verse 3 NIV “It was because of the Lord’s anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence.” Same verse AMP “For all this came about in Jerusalem and Judah because of the anger of the Lord, and [in the end] He cast them from His presence. And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.” Same verse CEV “and it was Zedekiah who finally rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar.[d] The people of Judah and Jerusalem had made the Lord so angry that he finally turned his back on them. That’s why horrible things were happening.” What a horrible place to be when you are thrust from God’s presence.

    Psalm 91:1 NKJV is captioned “Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God”: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

  18. The Bloody Kingdom

    In these days the answer to all things was the shedding of blood. If there was a rebellious king like this one, the answer was to let his head roll, to let his blood spill to the ground so that all could see that rebellion leads to death. What better way to make your point than to have the kings sons slain right in front of everyone? The blood of the kings sons would no doubt be remembered for generations to come. When someone in power may think about getting out of alignment they could remember the blood of the kings sons. as we live our lives in the knowledge of the true King of kings and Lord of Lords. How he shed his precious blood for all times sake, and how his blood will always cary the weight of the rebellion, sin and shortcomings of the whole world, we must let it also be a reminder of the price of sin. When sin is finished it brings forth death. There is no king or kings sons blood that could even come close to compare with that precious blood of Jesus Christ. We still live in a bloody kingdom, it just doesn’t have to be ours anymore. Our King gave his own blood for our rebellion.

  19. 2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    “Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so all will go well with you. Then you will enter and occupy the good land that the Lord swore to give your ancestors.”
    ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    “In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.”
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭10:35‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    “Seek the Lord, all who are humble, and follow his commands. Seek to do what is right and to live humbly. Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you— protect you from his anger on that day of destruction.”
    ‭‭Zephaniah‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    I will live my life not to please man, but to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord!

  20. [Jer 21:7 KJV] 7 And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.
    Jeremiah had warned Zedekiah of what would happen if he did obey the Lord but he did not listen. He suffered terribly at the hand of his enemies.
    10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.
    11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.
    It doesn’t get much worse than that. Having your last sight being your own kids being put to death.

  21. And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
    3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

    Thankful to have a man of God in our life that is doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord. Everything Rises and falls on leadership. A Wii are very blessed to have a man of God and a woman of God over our Lives who seek the kingdom of God first and are constantly always evolving to become better.

  22. They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service. The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers, sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands, dishes and bowls used for drink offerings—all that were made of pure gold or silver.
    Jeremiah 52:18‭-‬19 NIV
    https://bible.com/bible/111/jer.52.18-19.NIV

    When we let rebellion and sin take over our lives it will take, Rob and destroy everything that you used to serve the Lord. Sin will take the talents, attitude and character that we have for His Kingdom but thank God for His mercy and grace that he gives every day.

  23. 2 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just as Jehoiakim had done.

    People always say actions speak louder than words. If our actions show more than what we speak for God, who will believe us?! Our actions show more to what or who we try to please ourselves, the world, or God. There is only one anwser and it’s God! If we please this world it’s sin and in Gods eyes it’s not what he wants from us, it’s not what he made us to do of his work! I don’t want to try and do right in what others want but I want to do right in your eyes God!

  24. Zedekiah made the choice to first be a king that didn’t serve God and secondly to rebel against the king of Babylon. His pride and wickedness lead to his fall. They killed his children in front of him then gouged his eyes out. Imagine the last sight you had was your children being killed right in front of you. He didn’t seek first the kingdom of God. He didn’t look to God at all now he can physically no longer see anything. Vision controls the mind and what you allow to control you can lead your life. Let our eyes be upon the Lord.

  25. 1 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

    2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

  26. In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of King Jehoiachin of Judah, Evil-merodach ascended to the Babylonian throne. He was kind to Jehoiachin and released him from prison on March 31 of that year. He spoke kindly to Jehoiachin and gave him a higher place than all the other exiled kings in Babylon. He supplied Jehoiachin with new clothes to replace his prison garb and allowed him to dine in the king’s presence for the rest of his life.
    Jeremiah 52:31‭-‬33 NLT

  27. 2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    Being a leader is a great responsibility and it should be taken very seriously. Just look all that happened to Jerusalem because he did not do what was right in the eyes of God. That’s why I am thankful for my pastor and First Lady, and keep them in my daily prayers. They need our support.

  28. Jeremiah 52:1-11 Zedekiah’s flight was in vain, for there is no escaping the judgments of God; they come upon the sinner, and overtake him,let him flee where he will.

    Psalm 51:11 Castle me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

  29. Because of the king’s disobedience to God’s laws the king got God’s prophecy. He said He would destroy all the land and its people and that nothing would prosper. God only allowed poor dirt farmers to survive and hauled others off in exile. Choose whom you will serve. If you choose incorrectly then you will be forced to serve others against your will.

  30. 2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

  31. 34. And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.
    That will take care of it all the days of your life.

  32. 1Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
    2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
    3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

    As I read this, my thought went to how I never want to cast out of God’s presence. Th ere is peace and joy, there is safety and comfort, there is healings and blessings all in the King’s presence. Let His Kingdom Come and reign in our lives.

  33. 1 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

    2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

    4 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about.

    5 So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

    6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.

    7 Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king’s garden; (now the Chaldeans were by the city round about:) and they went by the way of the plain.

    8 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him.

    9 Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; where he gave judgment upon him.

    10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.

    11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

    This fruit of sin we should pray against above any thing; Cast me not away from thy presence, Psalms 51:11. None are cast out of God’s presence but those who by sin have first thrown themselves out. Zedekiah’s flight was in vain, for there is no escaping the judgments of God; they come upon the sinner, and overtake him, let him flee where he will.

  34. “But the armies of Babylonia chased King Zedekiah. They caught up with him in the flatlands near Jericho. All of his soldiers were separated from him. They had scattered in every direction. The king was captured. He was taken to the king of Babylonia at Riblah. Riblah was in the land of Hamath. That’s where Nebuchadnezzar decided how he would be punished.”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭52:8-9‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    The high cost of rebellion led him to isolation. After being isolated he was captured and punished. Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost more than you want to pay.

    “But your own evil longings tempt you. They lead you on and drag you away. When they are allowed to grow, they give birth to sin. When sin has grown up, it gives birth to death.”
    ‭‭James‬ ‭1:14-15‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

  35. thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison.

    32 And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon,

    33 And changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life.

    34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.

    In the midst of the captivity and trouble and pains praise prevailed and in the end obtained favor. Keep up your praise when the things get tough.

  36. These things happened because of the Lord ’s anger against the people of Jerusalem and Judah, until he finally banished them from his presence and sent them into exile. Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.(Jeremiah 52:3 NLT)

    Because of Zedekiahs rebellion to Nebuchadnezzar and rejection of God’s Word he is in this predicament. Now God is banishing his people from his presence and sending them off for exile. Jerusalem and Judah along with their temples belongings devoted to God are now being salvaged and carried off also.

  37. 2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

    3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

  38. 3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

    4 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about.

    5 So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

  39. “And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah. Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭52:10-11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Judgement for Rebellion

    As the king he thought it wouldn’t matter what he did. He reigned 11 years. He watched his judgement. It happened to his kingdom: starvation, and captivity. It happened to his family: murder right before his eyes. It happened to him: loss of kingdom, family, sight, and life.

    My how the mighty have fallen.

    Our consequences might not be as defined as they were to this king, but we too have consequences for rebellion. Heed the warnings of the man of God in you life. Listen! Obey! Judgement will one day come to all of us. Obedience is always better than sacrifice.

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