Daily Devotion for February 14, 2017
'Reminders from King Jehoiachin'
2 Kings 24:8-12, 25:27-30 NAS
Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem. He did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father had done.
At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon went up to Jerusalem, and the city came under siege. And Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon came to the city, while his servants were besieging it. Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he and his mother and his servants and his captains and his officials. So the king of Babylon took him captive in the eighth year of his reign.
Now it came about in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, that Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he became king, released Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison; and he spoke kindly to him and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon. Jehoiachin changed his prison clothes and had his meals in the king’s presence regularly all the days of his life; and for his allowance, a regular allowance was given him by the king, a portion for each day, all the days of his life.
King Jehoiachin's story is a fascinating one, I think. Personally, I find it interesting that when King Jehoiachin reigned—doing “evil in the sight of the Lord”—he was taken captive. If he could speak to us now, I bet he'd tell us how foolish it is to follow anyone but the Lord. Yes, I bet he'd tell us to not let ourselves do evil or wander from God's instructions...
Fast forward 37 years, and we see an amazing change happen for Jehoiachin! That is, the new king (“Evil-merodach king of Babylon”) speaks “kindly” to him, the new king sets him “above,” the new king gives him new clothes, the new king brings Jehoiachin into his very “presence regularly,” and the new king provides for him “each day!” Doesn't this part remind you of what Christ does for the Believer, Beloved? Think about this: King Jesus speaks “kindly” to us—He tells us He LOVES us! King Jesus sets us “above” by transferring us out of the kingdom of darkness and into His eternal one! King Jesus clothes the new Believer in His righteousness! King Jesus frees the Believer from captivity and brings him into God's very “presence!” Moreover, King Jesus provides for the Believer “each day, all the days of his life:” He provides us with a daily “regular allowance” of His grace, His mercy, His strength, His abundant love, His help, His provision—and we don't ever have to worry about running out, storing surplus, or having more than we can use/handle (Praise God for His day by day “allowance!”)...
I love it when an Old Testament story reminds me of God's timeless truths (don't wander!)...and of everything I have and treasure in Christ Jesus my Lord!
Lord Jesus, thank you so much for the reminders in Jehoiachin's story. May we Believers be reminded by this king that we are not to “reign” our hearts today—You are! May Your Word and Spirit rule and reign in us—ALL THE DAY! Moreover, thank You for speaking “kindly” to us, thank You for setting us “above,” thank You for dressing us in YOUR righteousness, thank You for bringing us into the Father's “presence,” and thank You for our “regular allowance...each day, ALL the days of” our lives! Truly You are worthy of ALL our adoration—deserving of ALL our loyalty, trust, and praise...
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