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1. Were you ever banished from the presence of your parents or peers? Where were you sent – your room, the principal’s office, a relative’s home, etc.?
2. How does Jehoiachin continue his father’s policies toward God and Babylon (verses 8 – 11)?
3. Why not resist the invaders as Hezekiah (see 2 Kings 19)?
- Judah is weary of war.
- The prophet is not encouraging. (see Jeremiah 22:28 – 30)
- Another miracle would be needed. (see 2 Kings 19:35)
- Jehoiachin knows the odds.
4. Who does the conquest affect (verses 12 – 14)? Who’s not affected? Why does Babylon deport the upper class?
5. Why does the name change from Mattaniah (“Gift of Yahweh”) to Zedekiah (“Righteousness of Yahweh”) (verses 16 and 17)?
6. When hope for survival dims, how do you cope? What role does faith play in that?
7. Is forgiveness ever beyond reach? Explain. Is the “snowball effect” sometimes impossible to stop, as in the last days before the fall of Jerusalem?
8. Why do the poor care the least who holds power? Why do you care about who’s in or out of government?
No questions today.
Jeremiah 22:24 – 30
24 “As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “even if you, Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still pull you off. 25 I will deliver you into the hands of those who want to kill you, those you fear—Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the Babylonians. 26 I will hurl you and the mother who gave you birth into another country, where neither of you was born, and there you both will die. 27 You will never come back to the land you long to return to.”
28 Is this man Jehoiachin a despised, broken pot,
an object no one wants?
Why will he and his children be hurled out,
cast into a land they do not know?
29 O land, land, land,
hear the word of the Lord!
30 This is what the Lord says:
“Record this man as if childless,
a man who will not prosper in his lifetime,
for none of his offspring will prosper,
none will sit on the throne of David
or rule anymore in Judah.”
No questions today.
2 Kings 24:5 – 7
5 As for the other events of Jehoiakim’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 6 Jehoiakim rested with his ancestors. And Jehoiachin his son succeeded him as king.
7 The king of Egypt did not march out from his own country again, because the king of Babylon had taken all his territory, from the Wadi of Egypt to the Euphrates River.
Jeremiah 22:18 – 23
18 Therefore this is what the Lord says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:
“They will not mourn for him:
‘Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!’
They will not mourn for him:
‘Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!’
19 He will have the burial of a donkey—
dragged away and thrown
outside the gates of Jerusalem.”
20 “Go up to Lebanon and cry out,
let your voice be heard in Bashan,
cry out from Abarim,
for all your allies are crushed.
21 I warned you when you felt secure,
but you said, ‘I will not listen!’
This has been your way from your youth;
you have not obeyed me.
22 The wind will drive all your shepherds away,
and your allies will go into exile.
Then you will be ashamed and disgraced
because of all your wickedness.
23 You who live in ‘Lebanon,’
who are nestled in cedar buildings,
how you will groan when pangs come upon you,
pain like that of a woman in labor!