2 Kings Lesson 25
Distributed by: KJV Bible Studies
Introduction: In chapter 24, we studied about the beginning of the end of the southern kingdom of Judah. Nebuchadnezzar began taking them into Babylon and assigned Zedekiah as the new king. He was the uncle of former king Jehoiachin. Neither he nor Zedekiah were good kings as Josiah had been.
In our final Chapter of II Kings, the final judgment of God against Judah is unleashed. The Babylonians return in fury and destroy Jerusalem. They enslaved its rebel king Zedekiah. They destroyed the Temple of God. The third and final phase of the Babylonian captivity was effected. Details of the continuing political instability of those who remained in Judah are noted along with kindness being shown to Jehoiachin, former king of Judah.
I. Nebuchadnezzar Sends Attacks on Judah Again
2Ki 25:1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about.
2Ki 25:2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.
Precise dating is given for the final return of the Babylonians against rebellious Jerusalem. The ninth year refers to that of Zedekiah’s reign and the actual date is about 588 B.C. The siege was finally broken in 586 B.C. During that interval of the siege, the Babylonians erected siege forts against the city, allowing no one to leave or enter the city. Their plan was simple. They would starve the city into submission. The account in verse 1-7 is identical to that of Jeremiah 52:4-11.
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