August 21, 2012

234 - The fall of Jerusalem

Kathleen's thoughts

Jeremiah 38: 14- 28, 39: 15-18,c52: 6, 39: 2-8 12-14, 52: 7-11
2 Kings 25: 3-10
2 Chronicles 36:17

Zedekaih seeks advice Jeremiah therefore said To Zedekiah, This is what the Lord, the God of  Hosts, the God of Israel, says; "If indeed you surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then you will live, this city will not be burned down, and you and your household will survive. But if you do not surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then this city will be handed over to the Chaldean's. They will burn it down, and you yourself will not escape from them.

God's message to Ebed-melech This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says; I am about to fulfill My words for harm and not for good against this city. But I will rescue you that day as you have trusted in Me.

The fall of Jerusalem Jeremiah remained in the guards courtyard until the day Jerusalem was captured, and he was there when it happened.

The famine It was so severe in the city that the people had no food.

fall of Judah 586BC

The Babylonian princes. In the fourth month of Zedekiah's  eleventh year, on the ninth day of the month, the city was broken into All the king of Babylon's officials entered via the Middle Gate.

Zedekiah's fight and capture Zedekiah left at night by way of the king's garden through the gate between the two walls. However, the Chaldean's army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho, arrested him and brought him to king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. The king passed sentence on him there.

The slaughter 
Zedekiah's sons slain At Ribiah the king of Babylon slaughtered Zedekiah sons before his eyes, and he also slaughtered all Judah's nobles.

Zedekiah's blindness Then he blinded Zedekiah and bound him with bronze chains. The king of Babylon brought Zedekiah to Babylon, where he kept him in custody until his dying day.

Temple and walls destroyed On the seventh day of the fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, a servant of the king ob Babylon, entered Jerusalem. He burned the Lord's temple the king's palace,k and all the houses of Jerusalem; he burned down all the great houses. The whole Chaldean army with the commander of the guards tore down the walls surrounding Jerusalem.

NB..So here we see that the Lord's temple and utensils is burnt down and the guards tore down the walls surrounding Jerusalem.

Remember what happened long ago, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and no one is like Me. I declare the end from the beginning; and from long ago what is not yet done, saying; My plan will take place and I will do all My will Isaiah 46; 9-10.


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