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10 May 2020
2 Kings 23:31-25:50
Andrew Sach

In the end, God tells sinful people to “get out of my sight”

“Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the LORD, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also for the innocent blood that he had shed. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD would not pardon.” (24:3-4)

“For because of the anger of the LORD it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence.” (24:20)

“And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:23)

Their destruction is calculated and complete

Jehoahaz reigned for only 3 months (23:31)

 Jehoiachin reigned for only 3 months (24:8)

Jehoahaz imprisoned by Pharoah Neco (23:33)

 Jehoiachin imprisoned by Nebuchadnezzar (24:12)

 Pharaoh Neco installed Eliakim as king, and changes his name to Jehoiakim (23:34)

 Nebuchadnezzar installed Mattanaiah as king and changed his name to Zedekiah (24:17)

 Jehoahaz went to Egypt (23:34)

 People fled from the Chaldeans to Egypt (25:26)

 Jehoiakim reigned for 11 years (23:36) then foolishly rebelled (24:1)

 Zedekiah reigned for 11 years (24:18) then foolishly rebelled (24:20)

 Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem (24:10)

 Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem (25:1)

 Temple ransacked for gold (24:13)

 Temple ransacked for bronze (25:13-17)

 Deportation of the men of valour (24:14)

 Deportation of the ordinary residents (25:11)

 

“I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down.”

(2 Kings 21:13)

All that was glorious is stripped away

Her king      

 

Her salvation
God brought them out of Egypt (1 Kings 8:9, 16, 21, 51; 2 Kings 17:7, 36)
But now they return to Egypt (23:34; 25:26)

Her temple
Solomon received gold from the nations and gold filled the temple (1 Kings 6-7; 10:14-15)
But since then the temple has been ransacked for gold seven times (1 Kings 14:26; 15:18; 2 Kings 12:17-18; 14:13-14; 16:7-8; 18:14-16; 24:13-14)

But in 2 Kings it wasn’t quite the end…

“Hezekiah [was] the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon…

… And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.” (Matthew 1:10-16)

COFFEE QUESTIONS

What has today’s passage taught you about God’s character?

What has it taught you about the danger of thinking you’re one of God’s people, if you drift away from him?

How has it made you grateful for King Jesus?