2 Kings 25* Jerusalem besieged, Zedekiah taken. (1-7) The temple burnt,The people carried into captivity. (8-21) The rest of the Jewsflee into Egypt, Evil-merodach relieves the captivity ofJehoiachin. (22-30)1-7 Jerusalem was so fortified, that it could not be taken tillfamine rendered the besieged unable to resist. In the prophecyand Lamentations of Jeremiah, we find more of this event; hereit suffices to say, that the impiety and misery of the besiegedwere very great. At length the city was taken by storm. Theking, his family, and his great men escaped in the night, bysecret passages. But those deceive themselves who think toescape God's judgments, as much as those who think to bravethem. By what befell Zedekiah, two prophecies, which seemed tocontradict each other, were both fulfilled. Jeremiah prophesiedthat Zedekiah should be brought to Babylon, #Jer 32:5; 34:3|;Ezekiel, that he should not see Babylon, #Eze 12:13|. He wasbrought thither, but his eyes being put out, he did not see it. 8-21 The city and temple were burnt, and, it is probable, theark in it. By this, God showed how little he cares for theoutward pomp of his worship, when the life and power of religionare neglected. The walls of Jerusalem were thrown down, and thepeople carried captive to Babylon. The vessels of the templewere carried away. When the things signified were sinned away,what should the signs stand there for? It was righteous with Godto deprive those of the benefit of his worship, who hadpreferred false worships before it; those that would have manyaltars, now shall have none. As the Lord spared not the angelsthat sinned, as he doomed the whole race of fallen men to thegrave, and all unbelievers to hell, and as he spared not his ownSon, but delivered him up for us all, we need not wonder at anymiseries he may bring upon guilty nations, churches, or persons. 22-30 The king of Babylon appointed Gedaliah to be the governorand protector of the Jews left their land. But the things oftheir peace were so hidden from their eyes, that they knew notwhen they were well off. Ishmael basely slew him and all hisfriends, and, against the counsel of Jeremiah, the rest went toEgypt. Thus was a full end made of them by their own folly anddisobedience; see Jeremiah chap. 40 to 45. Jehoiachin wasreleased out of prison, where he had been kept 37 years. Letnone say that they shall never see good again, because they havelong seen little but evil: the most miserable know not what turnProvidence may yet give to their affairs, nor what comforts theyare reserved for, according to the days wherein they have beenafflicted. Even in this world the Saviour brings a release frombondage to the distressed sinner who seeks him, bestowingforetastes of the pleasures which are at his right hand forevermore. Sin alone can hurt us; Jesus alone can do good tosinners.
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