Scripture: 2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became the King of Judah, followed by Jehoiachin, then Zedekiah. All three of these kings did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Judah, just like Israel, was unfaithful to God, and the people never truly changed and turned back to God. God allowed Judah to be destroyed. The Babylonians had invaded Judah and brought them under their control (total of three Babylonian invasions of Judah). Nebuchadnezzar then invaded the land in order to establish his rule by force. Follow along in 2 Kings 24-25 and 2 Chronicles 36!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Judah had been invaded by the Babylonians three different times, just as Israel had been invaded by the Assyrians three times. God had certainly shown His mercy, even when they did not deserve it, by giving the people many opportunities to repent. Our God is a very loving and merciful Father. He wants us to repent and always turn back to Him. God’s promises never fail; He is always there to help us straighten out our lives and start over. When sin is repeated and never repented of, that will bring about disaster. God is with us through the good and the bad times in our lives. When everything else in life seems to be stripped away from us, we can call out to God. We still have God and all of His promises, His Word, and His presence.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of 2 Kings and the Book of 2 Chronicles and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.