At the very end of the books of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah (1 & 2 Chronicles), the fall of Jerusalem and Judah comes about.
2 Chronicles 36:15–21 (NKJV) — 15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy. 17 Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand. 18 And all the articles from the house of God, great and small, the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all these he took to Babylon. 19 Then they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions. 20 And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.
Verse 15 starts out by telling us that God rose early and sent His messengers because He had compassion. God always sends word to us when we need correction. God is slow to wrath and quick to mercy. God didn’t want to chastise His people, so for many many years, He kept sending them prophets to warn them of their evil ways and to turn back to the living God.
Jesus even speaks of this.
Matthew 23:34–39 (NKJV) — 34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. 37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”
Again, we see the compassion of the Lord. The Lord lays out the record of guilt against the people of Israel. God sent them prophets but they killed them all from righteous Abel, the son of Adam, to Zechariah, whom they killed in the temple at the altar. They are guilty. But their guilt against the prophets is nothing like their guilt at the death of Jesus Christ. It is here with the death of their Lord and Messiah, whom they deny, that the worst calamity comes on them. In Matthew 23:38, Jesus says, “See! Your house is left to you desolate”. They are left without their deliverer. They missed the day of the visitation. It is here that many in the church today want to say God has forsaken the Jew. May it never be. Even Jesus says they will see Him again. They will see Him the day they call Him Messiah. They will see Him when, as a nation, they come to know and believe He is the one. They will say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” One day, as a nation, every Jewish man, woman, and child will accept Him.
Jesus is returning. He will save His people. He will rule. Come, Lord Jesus!
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Ezra 1-3
- Day 2 – Ezra 4-7
- Day 3 – Ezra 8-10
- Day 4 – Nehemiah 1-3
- Day 5 – Nehemiah 4-6
- Day 6 – Nehemiah 7
- Day 7 -Nehemiah 8-9