Reading: 2 Kings 23:31-25:30; 2 Chronicles 36:13-21
Summary: After Josiah’s death, the people instated his son Jehoahaz on the throne. But within three months the Egyptians arrived again, returning from the battle of Carchemish (see the reading introduction for May 20), and Neco took Jehoahaz prisoner and placed his brother, Eliakim, on the throne and changed his name to Jehoiakim.
During Jehoiakim’s reign, the Babylonians come and tribute is shifted from Egypt to Babylon. After three years Jehoiakim rebels, Nebuchadnezzar returns and takes Jehoiakim as a prisoner to Babylon. Jehoiachin, Jehoiakim’s son, rules in his stead.
During Jehoiachin’s reign, Babylon comes again and this time takes captives from among the nobles and princes, including the king. This would have been the time that Daniel, Ezekiel, Mordecai and Esther were taken captive. Jehoiachin’s uncle, Josiah’s son, Mattaniah, takes the throne and Nebuchadnezzar changes his name to Zedekiah. When Zedekiah rebels against Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar returns one last time and destroys Jerusalem and takes all Judah captive.
During this entire time, Jeremiah has been prophesying telling the people of the upcoming captivity and to prepare themselves for it. He actually is not taken captive and remains with a small group in Jerusalem ruled by a governor, Gedaliah.
Problems God Can’t Fix
God can do anything, right? Wrong. Not that He lacks in any ability or power or that any other force exists that can defeat Him. There have been some wrongs He could not right and some problems He could not fix.
For instance, when He finally brought the Babylonians to Jerusalem to destroy the city and take His people in captivity, it was only after “they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord rose against his people, until there was no remedy” (2 Chron. 36:16).
Did you catch that; “…until there was no remedy”?
A vital part of the “remedy” was the response of the people to God’s messengers and message. They refused. God couldn’t fix that.
Our problems, including our biggest problem, sin, is quite fixable by God. He has made it absolutely and incomprehensibly possible. But if we won’t respond, there is no remedy. None.
The critical issue and the big question, after all that God has done, has everything to do with me.