This is a sad, sad story. The description of the fall and destruction of Judah is heartbreaking. It is brutal! Not only did the siege lead to utter famine the people were literally starving. At this point the Babylonians finally break through. This is the point where they take over and kill Zedekiah’s sons in front of him. It doesn’t end here though. A few weeks later Nebuzaradan shows up and decimates everything. The remainder of people are either killed or exiled, and he destroys all of the houses and tore down the walls around Jerusalem, and ransacked the house of the Lord.
At this point, it seems hopeless and it seems like God has forgotten about His people. The biggest issue is that it seems like the Davidic line may have ended. But God proves his sovereignty when later Jehoiachin is released from prison. This moment gives hope to the line of David. This is important because of the prophecy declaring that Jesus would come from the line of David. The faithfulness of God never faltered. The truth of what 2 Samuel 7:15-16 are still true: 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.
Even in our lives when it seems like everything is crumbling around us, as believers we can remember that God is sovereign and His words are as true today as they were then. And we can rest on other promises like John 10:28: 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. Or Jeremiah 29:11, 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate