2 Kings 24* Jehoiakim subdued by Nebuchadnezzar. (1-7) Jehoiachim captivein Babylon. (8-20)1-7 If Jehoiakim had served the Lord, he had not been servantto Nebuchadnezzar. If he had been content with his servitude,and true to his word, his condition had been no worse; but,rebelling against Babylon, he plunged himself into more trouble.See what need nations have to lament the sins of their fathers,lest they smart for them. Threatenings will be fulfilled ascertainly as promises, if the sinner's repentance prevent not. 8-20 Jehoiachin reigned but three months, yet long enough toshow that he justly smarted for his fathers' sins, for he trodin their steps. His uncle was intrusted with the government.This Zedekiah was the last of the kings of Judah. Though thejudgments of God upon the three kings before him might havewarned him, he did that which was evil, like them. When thoseintrusted with the counsels of a nation act unwisely, andagainst their true interest, we ought to notice the displeasureof God in it. It is for the sins of a people that God hides fromthem the things that belong to the public peace. And infulfilling the secret purposes of his justice, the Lord needsonly leave men to the blindness of their own minds, or to thelusts of their own hearts. The gradual approach of Divinejudgments affords sinners space for repentance, and believersleisure to prepare for meeting the calamity, while it shows theobstinacy of those who will not forsake their sins.
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