每日诗歌: 破碎 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBei3t7hl1M)
还有剩下的民（25:22）。尼布甲尼撒任命一个省长管理他们，这意味着它不再是一个国家，而是巴比伦的一个省。然而，剩下的民不愿意顺服这样的安排。他们杀死了傀儡省长，众民无论大小都逃往埃及（25:26）。这实在是个讽刺。 800多年前，他们带着财宝出了埃及并进入了神的应许之地。 800多年后，他们这些余剩的人带着少许财物又回到埃及。罪牵着他们在圆圈里打转，他们又回到了祖先开始的地方。这就是结束，是吗？
神的应许永远不会落空，并且这最后四节证明了这金科玉律。经过37年的流放生涯，约雅斤从监狱释放，并得到巴比伦王的善待（25:27-29）。有趣的是，作者两次提到他为“犹大王”，尽管他早就失去了王位。 “你的家和你的国，必在我面前永远坚立。你的国位也必坚定，直到永远。”（撒下 7:16）。这看似结束的王朝露出了一线希望，这个希望在600年后透过约雅斤(又名耶哥尼雅)的血脉实现了（太1:12）。圣经是不是不可思议呢？
2 King 23 [Read]
2 King 24 [Read]
2 King 25 [Read]
John 7:1-31 [Read]
The kingdom of Judah came crashing down to an unavoidable end. God might have spared them from the hands of Assyrians, but the pride of Hezekiah caused their eventual exile to Babylon (2Ki 20:17-18). However, the author had subtly conveyed some important messages in the last chapter of Kings.
Three key individuals were mentioned here. Zedekiah was the last king of Judah, and his ending was horrible. He not only provoked the LORD by doing evil as his brother Jehoiakim did (24:19), but also was “stiff-necked and hardened his heart and would not turn to the LORD” (2Ch 36:13). As a result, he was brought to Babylon after a gruesome treatment (25:7). The entire city of Jerusalem and temple were put to flame, and everything valuable was taken to Babylon. The way the author described the two bronze pillars (25:16-17) mimicked the original narrative (1Ki 7:15-18), and his reminiscence was understandably filled with sadness. The glorious dynasty of David and the magnificent temple of the living God were brought down by the rebellious hearts of the kings. “So, Judah went into captivity, away from her land” (25:21). That seems to be the end. Or is it?
There were still people left behind (25:22). Nebuchadnezzar appointed a governor over them, implying it’s no longer a nation but a province of Babylon. However, the remaining people were not willing to submit to such arrangement. They killed the puppet governor and fled to Egypt with everyone and everything left (25:26). The irony was crystal clear. Over 800 years ago, they came out of Egypt with treasure and a land promised by God. After 800 years, they went back to Egypt with few people and less fortune. Sin had brought them around the circle and back to where their ancestors started. That has to be the end. Or is it?
The promise of God will never fail, and the last 4 verses testify for this golden rule. After 37 years of exile, Jehoiachin was released from prison and received favor from the Babylonian king (25:27-29). It was interesting that the author referred him twice as “king of Judah”, even though he had lost that title long time ago. “Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever” (2Sam 7:16). The seemingly ended dynasty continued with a glimpse of hope, and that hope was realized through Jehoiachin (that is Jeconiah) 600 years later (Matt 1:12). Isn’t the Bible amazing?
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