Thoughts and Reflections
Today we read that Zedekiah runs away when he has a chance regardless of all the posturing he has done. If he would have listened to Jeremiah, to begin with, it would have saved a lot of pain and suffering from his people. It all could have been avoided and many lives saved. A good leader should know when there is the right time to fight and when to surrender.
Nebazaradan will tear down the Temple, the great houses of Jerusalem, and the city walls. All the gold and bronze that Solomon used to build the temple by is taken by the Babylonians and all that is left is a pile of rubble.
We also read the shortest book of the bible, Obadiah. In it, he preaches to the Edomites. They are the descendants of Esau, the brother of Jacob. Obadiah tells the Edomites that they will be destroyed because they did not help Israel in their time of need.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he came to the throne, and he reigned for eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamital daughter of Jeremiah, of Libnah.
3 That this should happen to Jerusalem and Judah was due to Yahweh’s anger, resulting in his casting them away from his presence. Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
4 In the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon advanced on Jerusalem with his entire army; he pitched camp in front of the city and threw up earthworks round it.
7 a breach was made in the city wall. The king and all the fighting men then fled, leaving the city under cover of dark, by way of the gate between the two walls, which is near the king’s garden — the Chaldaeans had surrounded the city — and made his way towards the Arabah.
9 But the Chaldaeans captured the king and took him to the king of Babylon at Riblah in the territory of Hamath, where he passed sentence on him.
12 In the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month — it was in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon — Nebuzaradan commander of the guard, a member of the king of Babylon’s staff, entered Jerusalem.
13 He burnt down the Temple of Yahweh, the royal palace and all the houses in Jerusalem.
15 Nebuzaradan commander of the guard deported (some of the poor people and) the remainder of the population left in the city, the deserters who had gone over to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the artisans.
18 They also took the ash containers, the scoops, the knives, the sprinkling bowls, the incense bowls, and all the bronze furnishings used in worship.
19 The commander of the guard also took the bowls, the censers, the sprinkling bowls, the ash containers, the lamp-stands, the goblets and the saucers: everything that was made of gold and everything made of silver.
20 As regards the two pillars, the one Sea, the twelve bronze oxen supporting the Sea, and the wheeled stands, which King Solomonhad made for the Temple of Yahweh, there was no reckoning the weight of bronze in all these objects.
25 In the city he took prisoner an official who was in command of the fighting men, seven of the king’s personal friends who were discovered in the city, the secretary to the army commander responsible for military conscription, and sixty men of distinction discovered in the city.
31 But in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fifth day of the month, Evil-Merodach king of Babylon, in the year he came to the throne, pardoned Jehoiachin king of Judah and released him from prison.
32 He treated him kindly and allotted him a seat above those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon.
33 So Jehoiachin laid aside his prisoner’s garb and for the rest of his life always ate at the king’s table.
34 And his upkeep was permanently ensured by the king, day after day, for the rest of his life until the day he died.
5 If thieves were to come to you (or robbers during the night) surely they would steal only as much as they wanted? If grape-pickers were to come to you, surely they would leave a few gleanings? But how you have been pillaged!
6 How Esau has been looted, his hidden treasures routed out!
7 Your allies all pursued you right to the frontier, your confederates kept you in suspense, then got the better of you, your own guests laid a trap for you, ‘He has quite lost his wits.’
12 Do not feast your eyes on your brother on the day of his misfortune. Do not gloat over the children of Judah on the day of their ruin. Do not play the braggart on the day of distress.
13 Do not enter my people’s gate on their day of calamity. Do not, you especially, feast your eyes on their suffering on their day of calamity. Do not touch their possessions on their day of calamity.
18 Then the House of Jacob will be a fire, the House of Joseph a flame, and the House of Esau like stubble. They will set it alight and burn it up, and no one of the House of Esau will survive. Yahweh has spoken.
13 To retort without first listening is both foolish and embarrassing.
16 A present will open all doors and win access to the great.