Jehoiachin is the King mentioned in Matthew 1:11 as Jeconiah or Coniah. Jeremiah gives the prophecy “Record this man as if childless, a man who will not prosper in his lifetime, for none of his offspring will prosper, none will sit on the throne of David or rule anymore in Judah.” Solomon’s biological line peters out here. Jehoiachin’s heir is a distant cousin descended from Nathan, Solomon’s full brother.
“And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.”
They just won’t learn.
The LORD had sent Nebuchadnezzer (just previous in 2 kings 19 v25, Habakkuk 1 v6, lots of other places), because of His great wrath toward His people for their continual sin (yesterday’s reading 2 kings 23 v26). The Babylonians were a sword in the hands of the Lord, a winnowing fork, an instrument.
But it was with an intent for the good of His people, His love. The remnant who would return. 2 Kings 19 v31, “For our of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD will do this.” and see Ezra 1, particularly v3 being spoken by Cyrus the king of Persia (they’d thoroughly defeated the Babylonians by this point), “Whoever is among you of all his <God’s> people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel …”
But what about us?
Sometimes I shake my head at my own folly and stubbornness. I just won’t learn.
We can be just like Israel, just like Zedekiah, rebelling against the Sovereign Will of the Almighty God.
So it’s with great thanks that we come to His word and see that God’s great love for His people _and_ His great wrath at our sin, they meet together in Jesus.
Praise God for Jesus, who bore the wrath of His Father for our sin, so that we could be free and inherit eternal life. Praise Him! Praise Him!