2 Kings 25: He Did Eat Bread Continually
Verse of the Day: (25:29) And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread continually before him all the days of his life.
1. Besiege (25:1-4)
And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. (25:2)
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon besieged and defeated Jerusalem under King Zedekiah. They took Zedekiah, and killed his sons before him, and then blinded him and brought him to Babylon. Indeed, let us humble ourselves and draw near to God because our enemy, the devil, shall do all things to discourage and destroy our lives. (1 Peter 5:6-11)
2. Burn (25:5-26)
And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man’s house burnt he with fire. (25:9)
After their victory over Jerusalem, the Babylonians looted all the treasures and then burnt God’s house, the king’s house and all the great man’s houses of Jerusalem with fire. They then appointed Gedaliah as the ruler over the people, particularly the poor. Gedaliah was encouraged them to settle down and accept the rule of the Babylonians, and just looked to God who shall be their great Help. However, Ishmael, one of the princes, came with 10 of his men and murdered Gedaliah. The people then fled to Egypt because of the chaos and conflicts. Indeed, let us look to God, our great Help, as one day He shall save us from the destruction of this earth, and this time it shall not be the great flood as in the days of Noah, but the great fire that shall burnt the earth and all who reject God. (2 Peter 3:10-18)
3. Bread (25:27-30)
And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the day of his life. (25:30)
By God’s mercies, during the reign of King Evilmerodach of Babylon, he decided not only to release King Jehoiachin of Judah from prison, but also reinstated him as the king of Judah, and gave him a continual allowance as well to eat with him continually all the days of his life. Indeed, God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. Though we may not fully understand God’s plan, yet we keep trusting Him to the end as He is truly our Bread of life. As we come to the close of the history of all the kings of Israel and Judah, we can only conclude that it is God’s grace and mercy that had preserved the line of King David until the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. All throughout the time, most of the kings together with the people of Israel had rebelled and sinned against God. Indeed, let us and our families continue to love and serve God because only by loving and serving Him shall we have His greatest blessings now and forever. Christ is truly our Bread of life, and we shall never grow hungry in this life and forever! (John 6:48-51)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I believe in You, the Bread of life and shall live forever.