Didn’t See That One Coming (Kings 2 24-25)

At this point in time, Jehoiakim is king of Judah and Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, is giving him some trouble (if you’re a fan of The Matrix then you’ll remember that Nebuchadnezzar is the name of the vessel – just saying). Nebuchadnezzar (who I imagine is probably called “Buch” by his intimates) takes Judah without much of a fight from Jehoiakim. As a matter of fact, Jehoiakim not only gives himself up but gives up “his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his palace officials” (Kin 2 24:12). Wimp.

When given an inch, Nebuchadnezzar takes a mile and takes almost everyone in Judah for captive, except the poor people (who are left to their own devices: questioning their childrens’ paternity and Big Gulps). He also takes all the treasure that Solomon had put in the house of the Lord. Apparently, all this was foretold so I suppose they should have seen that one coming.

After twenty-seven years of servitude, Evilmerodach becomes king of Babylon. And guess what? He’s actually pretty nice despite his name. He frees Jeroiakim from prison, gives him some sort of special chair, has dinner with him every night and even gives him an allowance. Wow. Didn’t see that one coming.

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