“Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah from Libnah. But Zedekiah did what was evil in the lord ’s sight, just as Jehoiakim had done. These things happened because of the lord ’s anger against the people of Jerusalem and Judah, until he finally banished them from his presence and sent them into exile. Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. So on January 15, during the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon led his entire army against Jerusalem. They surrounded the city and built siege ramps against its walls. Jerusalem was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah’s reign.” (Jeremiah 52:1-5 NLT)
King Zedekiah was the last king of Judah; he was the son of king Josiah (the same Josiah that God used to return Judah to Back to Him) Well unlike his father he did not follow God, Zedekiah followed the path of the three kings before him. (Jehoiachin -nephew, Jehoiakim – brother, and Jehoahaz – brother) God’s patience had ran thin it was time to let the people know he had had enough!
You would think a son of Josiah would follow in the footsteps of his father and lead Judah back to God especially after his brothers and nephew’s horrible reign. God warned Zedekiah through Jeremiah and other prophets multiple times that the Babylonian invasion was happening because of the sins of the people. They instructed him not to rebel against the Babylonians. But He threw Jeremiah in jail and proceeded with his plans to rebel against King Nebuchadnezzar. He Only made things worse for Judah God was still trying to be merciful but Zeddkiah did what he wanted to do thus making Judahs down fall much worse.
God has an awesome amount of patience, more than we can ever imagine. But Just because He is patient does not mean He won’t act on the people whom he has constantly warned He will allow the consequences of their rebellion to come forth if they do not heed His warning and turn to Him and obey what He is telling them.
Yes Jesus died for all our sins. But that does not give us a license to do as we please. Our life style should be one that is habitually working toward God. If we stray off the path the Holy Spirit will warn us, that is when we make the necessary changes to keep following God. We don’t use Christ sacrifice on the cross as an excuse. If we did that we would be making a mockery of Christ sacrifice.
Have you been warned by God multiple times to stop something or do something. Now is the time to heed His warning before you reap the consequences.
Much Love & God Bless
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Song to Listen to: We Fall Down by David crowder (Instrumental) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BdVtbwQnHs