The Siege of Jerusalem

2 Kings 24:20b

2 Chronicles 36:13a

Jeremiah 52:3b, 4

2 Kings 25:1

Jeremiah 39:1

“He (King Zedekiah) also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath in God’s name. So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. They camped outside the city and built siege works all around it.”

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War Between Syria, Israel and Judah

Hello everyone. No questions today. I am on vacation this week.

From April 13th until the end of the month we will focus on the prophesies from Isaiah concerning a Savior.

The shocking turn of events noted in the last post (Wednesday April 8) causes both Israel and Syria to fear the Assyrians. They draw together in an unusual alliance and even call upon Judah to join them. When Judah refuses Syrian and Israel turn against Judah in an effort to force her support. This strange conflict begins when Jotham is in power and continues during the reign of his son Ahaz (his co-regent for 9 years).

2 Kings 15:37 (In Judah)

(In those days the Lord began to send Rezin king of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah against Judah.)

2 Kings 15:30, 31 (In Israel)

As for the other events of Pekah’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel? Then Hoshea son of Elah conspired against Pekah son of Remaliah. He attacked and assassinated him, and then succeeded him as king in the twentieth year of Jotham son of Uzziah.

2 Kings 17:1, 2

In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, Hoshea son of Elah became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned nine years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, but not like the kings of Israel who preceded him.

2 Kings 15:36, 38 (In Judah)

As for the other events of Jotham’s reign, and what he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? Jotham rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David, the city of his father. And Ahaz his son succeeded him as king.

2 Chronicles 28:1 – 4

Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He followed the ways of the kings of Israel and also made idols for worshiping the Baals. He burned sacrifices in the Valley of Ben Hinnom and sacrificed his children in the fire, engaging in the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree.

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