E100 Devotional – Day 40

June 14, 2012

Reading: 2 Kings 25:1-30

The fall of Jerusalem was not something that happened quickly or without forewarning. Jeremiah had foretold the events that were to come for the judgment of Israel’s sin and idolatry.

“Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Go and speak to Zedekiah king of Judah and tell him, “Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire. And you shall not escape from his hand, but shall surely be taken and delivered in his hand: your eyes shall see the eyes of the king of Babylon, he shall speak with you face to face, and you shall go to Babylon.”
Jeremiah 34:2

A long siege had blockaded Jerusalem; people were starving, yet still not repenting. The walls were crumbling and the armies were fleeing. Everything that was predicted by the Prophet was happening, yet the people went along as though oblivious.

King Zedekiah fled only to be captured and watch his own sons be executed for his rebellion. He was told not to rebel by the Prophet but he did anyway. He looked on as the temple was sacked and burned.

Every minute detail of Zedekiah’s prophesy played out like a drama before him. Was God favoring Babylon over Israel? God forbid. He was exercising judgment that comes upon covenant breaking, allowing Israel’s enemies to overcome them. With that judgment, came the prediction of kindness to be shown Zedekiah. His original name was Mattaniah (gift of God), it was changed to Zedekiah, (to make right or restore equity) which is what God did in his reign.

Judgment means to make right, to restore equity. If there was ever to be a future for Israel, things had to be made right. There’s only been one other nation in history like Israel. That nation is the United States. If God went to such great lengths to restore equity in Jerusalem, the Holy City, what nation would He not set straight? Pray for revival and for America to repent.

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