CONCERN FOR ONE’S NATION
THE CONDITION OF THE NATION (2 kings 24; 25:1-17)
Pharaoh Naco of Egypt attacked Judah and made Eliakim king in place of Jehoahaz his brother. He changed the name of Eliakim to Jehoiakim and took Jehoahaz away to Egypt where he later died.
A war arose between the Babylonians and Egyptians. The Babylonians defeated the Egyptians and killed king Naco. Judah was then ruled by Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon.
Jehoiakim rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar after serving him for three years and the king sent enemies to attack Judah.
Jehoiakim eventually died and his 18 year old son Jehoiachin replaced him.
Nebuchadnezzar maltreated Jerusalem till Jehoiachin surrendered to him. He captured the people of Judah and took away treasures in the house of the Lord. Maltariah, Jehoiachin’s uncle was made king. His name was changed to Zedekiah. Jeremiah warned Zedekiah to be loyal to the king of Babylon but he did not heed to the instruction. Zedekiah rebelled against the king. Nebuchadnezzar fought and captured him, killed his two sons before him and removed his two eyes.
They burnt the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, the king’s house among other buildings. The Strong men of the land were captured. Nehemiah wept when he heard about the state of Jerusalem.