2 Kings ends with Jehoiachin released from prison, living out his life as a political captive. As the last anointed King, he was regarded as God’s Christ and heir of David. He it is who is listed in Matthew’s genealogy, not his uncles nor his father. 2 Kings ends with this slight ray of hope – that God has not finished with David’s line!
“So Judah was taken into exile out of its land.”
Here is a sadness, a very very low point for God’s people.
Taken out of the promised land. The glory of the Lord departed, all the treasures taken, the earthly habitat of our Lord God burned down to the ground!
God’s word to the prophets at that time was clear, we read in Jeremiah 29,
“For thus says the LORD: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place.”
“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.”
How blessed we are, that our God has plans for us, for our good – That He has given to us a future and a hope.
But what is that future, what is that hope?
It is the holy city of Jerusalem that John points us to in Revelation, the heavens and the earth made new, where God will dwell with us and we will be His people. No more crying, no more pain, sorrow and loss gone away! No more night, and no need for a torch or the even the sun in the sky, because our Lord God will be our light (Revelation 21-22).
Hallelujah, what a future we have, what a hope in Jesus!
* Gracious God,
Thank You for this passage telling us of the exile, Judah taken out of the promised land on earth.
Lord please remind us of how seriously You take our worship, our religion – Oh Lord, may we be people who worship in truth, who practice true heart religion.
Please forgive us today Lord God for our sin. Please wash us clean.