Removed From Privilege 2 Kgs. 24:1-4 & 20; 25:8-10 & 21, 27-30  Aug. 29, 2004

HCSB 2 Kings 24:1-4 1 During his reign, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon attacked, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. 2 The Lord sent Chaldean, Aramean, Moabite, and Ammonite raiders against Jehoiakim. He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord He had spoken through His servants the prophets. 3 This happened to Israel only at the Lord's command to remove them from His sight. It was because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all he had done,  4 and also because of all the innocent blood he had shed. He had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord would not forgive.

24:20 Because of the Lord's anger, it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that He finally banished them from His presence. Then, Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

25:8 On the seventh day of the fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, a servant of the king of Babylon, entered Jerusalem. 9 He burned the Lord's temple, the king's palace, and all the houses of Jerusalem; he burned down all the great houses. 10 The whole Chaldean army [with] the commander of the guards tore down the walls surrounding Jerusalem.

25: 21 The king of Babylon put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah went into exile from its land.

25:27 On the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month of the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Judah's King Jehoiachin, Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year he became king, pardoned King Jehoiachin of Judah [and released him] from prison. 28 He spoke kindly to him and set his throne over the thrones of the kings who were with him in Babylon. 29 So Jehoiachin changed his prison clothes, and he dined regularly in the presence of the king of Babylon for the rest of his life. 30 As for his allowance, a regular allowance was given to him by the king, a portion for each day, for the rest of his life. HCSB

Introduction
How did Jehoiakim become King of Judah? His brother Jehoahaz was king, but the king of Egypt made Jehoiakim king, and tried to make it look like the action of God by changing his name from Eliakim to Jehoiakim. Why did he do that? He took a poll and found out the people were more likely to approve the name Jehoiakim because it means "Yahweh will establish;" and at that time it was popular to have a name that included a reference to Yahweh . (The poll part is my imagination, but does it sound familiar)? Jehoiakim; according to the command of Pharaoh exacted silver and gold from the people. In addition he did all kinds of evil against the commands of God. How could a man like Jehoiakim be allowed in the office of king? The people did not want godly ways or godly men in this office, and God removed His presence, and the people were Removed From Privilege.

1.    The Prophecy . . Foretelling The Removal From Privilege. Vs 1-4

    A. The . . Captivity Of The Prophecy Foretold. v 1
        1 During his reign, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon attacked, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for
three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him.

    B. The . . Collapse Of The Cities Prophecy Foretold. v 2
        2 The Lord sent Chaldean, Aramean, Moabite, and Ammonite raiders against Jehoiakim. He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord He had spoken through His servants the prophets.

    C. The . . Certainty Of The Prophecy Foretold. v 3
        3 This happened to Israel only at the Lord's command to remove them from His sight. It was because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all he had done, The . . Conclusiveness Of The Prophecy Foretold.  v 4 and also because of all the innocent blood he had shed. He had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord would not forgive.

Summary:    The prophecy of God concerning the Removal of privilege foretold of the captivity, collapse, certainties, and conclusiveness, in the prophets message. Captivity comes as the King (not God's choice) became the servant of the King of Babylon. If he and the people had served God faithfully this would not have happened. Just as the prophet foretold Judah's collapse began to take place. Some had mocked, and false prophets said it would not happen but the certainty of the prophecy began to transpired. What a sad concluding remark in verse four as it says "the Lord would not forgive." God is merciful, but unrepentant sin eventually brings His wrath.
 

2.    The Prophecy . . Finalizing The Removal From Privilege. 24:20

    A. The . . Dismissal Finalizing The Removal. v 20 a
        Because of the Lord's anger, it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that He finally banished them from His presence.. . ."

    B. The . . Deficiency Finalizing The Removal. v 20 b
        ". . . Then, Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon."

Summary:    The sins of the king, and the people lead to God dismissing His people, as He banishes them from His presence. An attempt by King Zedekiah proved to be deficient. Kings, presidents, and national leaders must seek to operate with the Lord's blessing and power are they are doomed to failure.
 

3.    The . . Fulfillment Of The Prophecy Removing From Privilege. 25:8-10

    A. The . . Dating Of The Fulfillment, 25:8
        25:8 On the seventh day of the fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, the commander of the guards, a servant of the king of Babylon, entered Jerusalem.

    B. The . . Detail Of The Fulfillment, 25:9-10, & 25:21
        9 He burned the Lord's temple, the king's palace, and all the houses of Jerusalem; he burned down all the great houses. 10 The whole Chaldean army [with] the commander of the guards tore down the walls surrounding Jerusalem. 25: 21 The king of Babylon put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah went into exile from its land.

Summary:    Historians find the dating of evens helpful. The entering of Jerusalem to conquer her re mains a significant historical event. We find the details of the destruction of Jerusalem very sad. Could this happen in this nation? Did you ever think you would sit at your television and watch the events of 9-11? I immediately found it as a shocking suspense kind of movie. My second thoughts took me to the Old Testament, and the judgement of God.
 

4.    The . . Favors In The Prophecy Of Removal From Privilege. 25:27-30

    A. The Favor Of . . Pardon. 25:27
        25:27 On the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month of the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Judah's King Jehoiachin, Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year he became king, pardoned King Jehoiachin of Judah [and released him] from prison.

    B. The Favor Of . . Preference. 25:28
        28 He spoke kindly to him and set his throne over the thrones of the kings who were with him in Babylon.

    C. The Favor Of . . Presence. 25:29
        29 So Jehoiachin changed his prison clothes, and he dined regularly in the presence of the king of
Babylon for the rest of his life.

    D. The Favor Of . . Portion. 25:30
    30 As for his allowance, a regular allowance was given to him by the king, a portion for each day, for the rest of his life. HCSB

Summary:    God's prophecies come true, but shades of His mercy filter through in the midst of the pagan imprisonment. Jehoiachin received a pardon from prison, and preferential treatment among the other kings who had been captured by the kingdom of Babylon. In addition he was granted the privilege of regularly dinning in the kings presence the, and received a portion of money as an allowance the rest of his life. Jehoiachin never praised God for these benefits, and it seems he is pleased to just be at ease under a pagan king. Can you see any parallels to this day? It seems many people today will be happy residing under pagan lifestyles, and never recognize God has Removed Them From Privilege with a spiritual dimension to life. Amen? Amen!