This story easily points out the flaws of monarchy. Although the first king in this chapter did not do anything wrong, all of the ones who followed after him did. Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah clearly “did evil in the sight of the LORD.”
Over time, a lot of people will ask, “If God loves us so much, then why would He let these horrible things happen to us?”. I can assure you that this is not the first time you have heard that question. It is a very common thing to ask. Here is what I think.
Throughout this chapter, the Bible explains how these kings have really messed up during their rule. It so happens that after they did “evil in the sight of the LORD,” they became overruled. They lost their position, their privilege.
This is not necessarily God punishing them for not obeying Him. Free choice is a special gift that He gave to us, and it is our choice to either follow Him, or abuse our gift. Unfortunately, when these kings abused their free will and power, they lost their position as king of Judah.
It’s the same thing with us. We have free will, so we can do whatever we want. It’s all our choice. Every command in the Bible is a guideline to how we can live a healthy life and enter the kingdom of God. Not only is the Bible a wonderful book full of inspiring stories, morals, and rules we can all follow, but it also teaches us common sense.
I’ve spent most of my time explaining the downfalls of not following God. There are of course, bright sides to this chapter as well. It shows God’s character. God tried to warn them; they ignored Him. When we ignore God, we lose our way and we stray away. But even though the people of Jerusalem suffered so much by the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, God still found a way to save His people. That’s when He sent His loyal servant, Daniel, to be an example of God’s love. When Daniel showed God’s kindness to King Nebuchadnezzar and to King Darius, they favored him. Even though we mess up, God’s grace always shines through.
Always heed God’s words. Always do the best you can to not abuse your free will by sinning against God. Do your best to keep His words and His commands. Read the Bible every day so you can remind yourself what you should do to live a healthy life. When you do these things, I guarantee that you will begin to see wonderful things happen to you. You will be able to see God reveal Himself in so many mysterious ways. This is God’s command to all of you!
I hope you all have a great day! God bless you all!
- Ramon Gonzalez