Bible Reading for APR27: II Kings 24-25

APRIL 27

In the final chapters of II Kings we see that God keeps His
Word according to His promise, as He brings terrible wrath upon His
people in the kingdom of Judah. God had called His people out from
among the world to worship Him in spirit and truth. The people had
violently opposed God, turning away from Him to the gods of the
heathen nations. Therefore, God pours out His anger and wrath upon
them.

These chapters record the people being deported from their
land and the city of Jerusalem being destroyed. The Book of
Lamentations records Jeremiah’s graphic description of the
destruction of Jerusalem. One of the Babylonian officers gathered
together the nobles that were left and had them slain. All that
remained in the land were the poorest people. Nebuchadnezzar set up
a system of governors over the land, making Gedaliah the first
governor. Gedaliah established a reasonable amount of safety, peace,
and security for those who were left behind; but he was murdered and
many of the Jews fled to Egypt for safety. Everything God had given
them was taken from them. They had no king on David’s throne, nor do
they have one today. They had no Temple, for it had been burned and
its sacred vessels confiscated. Their land was taken from them and
they were scattered among the nations. They lost everything,
including their national character, until 1948.

The tragic results of sin can be seen in these chapters. God
will not tolerate sin–not in the nation of Israel and not in the
lives of individuals. Neither will He tolerate sin in our nation. As
Christians, our lives should demonstrate the love of Christ within
us. We should witness to all those about us and try to draw our
nation back to God. The hope of America lies within the hands of
Christians who are willing to give of themselves to rally this
nation back to God.

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