Thursday: 28th June, 2018
Reference text: 2 Kings 24:8-17
2 Kings 24:14 And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of the people of the land.
What has become a rather popular trend is for clubs to make offers and most of the time, be successful in the purchasing of stand out footballers from other clubs. Even though the primary intention is to make their own team stronger, in the end, regardless of which team buys or which sells; there is a cycle of one team being strengthened and another being weakened.
When applied to war, gaining victory sometimes meant thinking years ahead by making your opposition as weak as possible, so they became incapable of fighting back, even at a later date. In today’s text, we read about Jehoiachin, who became King at 18 years old, followed in the steps of his father and done what was evil in God’s sight. Thus, he lost favour in God’s sight leaving him so open that his reign lasted just 90 days.
If there is one we can tell from story of Job, it is the constant protection of God around his own – that hedge placed around us and everything concerning us(Job 1:10). In Jehoiachin’s rebellion against God, he lost that hedge and the king of Babylon had the way cleared to mount an attack. We know how far Nebuchadnezzar went through what he did – carrying away all the treasures of the land, along with all the prominent and skilled people. All he left behind were the weakest of the population.
My dear, never take for granted that the words ‘the enemy moves around prowling like a roaring lion seeking whom to devour’ is a fictional piece written just to add some colour to scripture. It is a reality one cannot ignore. However, even though he comes to steal, kill and destroy, leaving only that which will be of no value to you, glory be to God that in Christ Jesus; we are assured of life and abundance.
Remember # No robber leaves behind anything of real value.