Jeremiah 52; 2 Kings 24-25
Both the end of Jeremiah and the end of 2 Kings give the details of Judah’s fall. After two years of constant attack, Babylon invades Jerusalem. Along with capturing Zedekiah and his men, Nebuchadnezzar’s army destroys the temple and everything in Jerusalem. This includes tearing down the city walls. Many of the officials and priests who remained were killed. They took others to exile in Babylon, while the poorest were left to tend the fields. Because of their sin, the Babylonians left Judah and Jerusalem in ruin.
Sin is an offense to God and he will punish it. That is the takeaway from this passage. Through the prophets God gave his people many opportunities to repent and turn to him. At each turn the people refused. Ultimately, God’s patience wore thin and he kept his promise to punish them. This should serve as a lesson to us. God is serious about his holiness, and we should be too. When we are given an opportunity to repent, we should. Otherwise, we can expect the same hand of discipline to come upon us.
Do you take your sin as serious as God does?