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Chapters 24 and 25
The kings of Israel had been the fatal examples of a course which had led Judah and all Israel to their ruin (see 2 Kings 16:3). The pious Jehoshaphat's alliance with Ahab was the origin of all this, for evil bears fruit which continues long to reproduce itself. Alas! alas! what is man when he turns aside from Jehovah's ways, from the narrow and straight path of God's word and will, from the path of faith — the true path of an obedient spirit?
Pharaoh's pretensions and God's purposes: Jerusalem trodden underfoot of the Gentiles
The history which we have been going over has given us an
account of the Assyrian's connection with the people of God. He was
a cedar of Lebanon; but he is cut down. Pharaoh thought, for a
moment, of making the empire his own; he sought to exalt himself
that he might rule over the trees of the forest. Judah, brought out
in former days with a high hand by the power of God from Pharaoh's
country, is subject to him. But, whatever Pharaoh's pretensions may
be, this is not the purpose of God. If God writes "Lo-ammi" on His
people, it is Babylon which is to begin the times of the Gentiles.* Pharaoh returns into his own country, and Jehoiakim,
powerless and without God, comes under the dominion of
Nebuchadnezzar.** We need not go into the details. His son, as
wicked as himself, rebels against Nebuchadnezzar; for Judah, the
son of the Most High, was little used to bondage; but this heifer
also must bend its neck to the yoke (Hosea 10:11), and Jehoiachin
is carried captive to Babylon. The kingdom and the temple still
exist; but Zedekiah, having broken the oath which he had made in
the name of Jehovah,*** and, allowing himself to be governed by
the princes, persists in his rebellion and is taken prisoner. His
sons having been slain before his eyes, and himself deprived of
sight, he is carried away to Babylon. The temple is burnt; the
walls of Jerusalem are broken down; the seat of Jehovah's throne is
trodden under foot of the Gentiles. Sorrowful result of His having
entrusted His glory to men among whom He had placed His throne!
Sorrowful, thrice sorrowful, conduct of man — of that generation
whom God had so honoured! On the other hand, God will take occasion
from it to manifest that infinite goodness, which, in sovereign
grace, will re-establish the very thing that man has cast under
foot to the profane.
The prophets reveal the condition drawing down judgment and the patience of God
The prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel must be read to have the complete history, and the internal history of the spirit of the people, and that of the king; the history at once of the condition which drew down the judgment, and of the patience of God, who, even until the very taking of the city, continued to. send them most affecting calls to repentance — alas! in vain; and the times of the Gentiles began.
The reader who would thoroughly understand the events of all this history, the marvellous patience of God, and the way in which He raised up faithful kings, in order that He might bless, should read the prophets Hosea, Amos, Jeremiah, and certain chapters of Isaiah, which speak to the people in the name of Jehovah and tell them of their true condition.