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Jehoiachin freed from captivity: what changed? 1 year, 7 months ago #3232

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2 Kings 25:27-30

Jehoiachin Released
27 In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Awel-Marduk became king of Babylon, he released Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison. He did this on the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month.
28 He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon.
29 So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table.
30 Day by day the king gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived.

Wasn't Jehoiachin one of the kings who refused to repent and turn to God and so added on to God's wrath on Judah? I thought God said all from that time period would suffer and be destroyed, well except those who listened and repented & those who listened to the prophets and ran to other lands before their doom struck.

So maybe this king repented and God had mercy on him? Or maybe the new king of Babylon just didn't know about, or didn't choose to follow, God's proclamation of destruction on His people of the time?

This part just stood out to me in my devotion because it seems like everyone else was utterly destroyed but he was shown mercy after a while..
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Re: Jehoiachin freed from captivity: what changed? 1 year, 7 months ago #3241

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Wasn't Jehoiachin one of the kings who refused to repent and turn to God and so added on to God's wrath on Judah? I thought God said all from that time period would suffer and be destroyed, well except those who listened and repented & those who listened to the prophets and ran to other lands before their doom struck.

So maybe this king repented and God had mercy on him? Or maybe the new king of Babylon just didn't know about, or didn't choose to follow, God's proclamation of destruction on His people of the time?

Answer:
Jehoiachin means Yahweh upholds. He is also called Jeconiah (Jeremiah 24:1; 27:20) and Coniah (22:24; 37:1). He succeeded his father Jehoiakin in 599 BC and was only 8 years old at the time and reigned for 100 days before being deported (2 Chronicles 36:9). Yes, he disobeyed God and did wrong, yet he was just a boy. God is using this really as a sign to Israel that He has not abandoned His promise of restoration and salvation. He is offering a glimpse of hope and relief to this king prisoner to show to His people that what He had said to Jeremiah shall come to pass, He will bring them back after 70 years and rebuilt the temple, and Jerusalem and get rid of idolatry from among them.

"The fact that Jehoiachin lived on long after the exile and that he was finally released from prison may have seemed like the first signs of the fulfillment of Jeremiah's promise of a day of restoration" (Thompson). This was small, but evidence nonetheless that God was not done blessing and restoring His people, foreshadowing even greater blessing and restoration to come. "God has finally brought the promised punishment upon His apostate and idolatrous people, and the chastening discipline of exile has begun. Despite this dreadful calamity there lingers the hope that God will restore His people, bringing a faithful remnant back to repopulate the homeland" (Harrison). "No hosts encamped against the people of God can gain any advantage over them, so long as they remain loyal in heart and mind and will to their One King. But when they are disloyal, and persist in disloyalty, then no force can save them from the opposing hosts" (Morgan). "If the King of Babylon did this for a captive king, his prisoner, will your heavenly Father do less for you?" (Meyer)
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