My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Jeremiah 52

Fall of Jerusalem... again...

Zedekiah ruled eleven years and was evil. Jerusalem was under seige for it's last two years, after which, Babylon broke through the walls. Judah's army fled, but Babylon chased them down, killed Zedekiah's sons before him and gouged out his eyes and led him by chains to Babylon, where he died.

The Babylonians broke all the good buildings including the temple, but left the poor to work the vineyards. The priests were captured too. 4,600 people were exiled.

After 37 years in exile, the new Babylonian king released Jehoiachin, the last Davidic king, and gave him an honoured seat at his table.

Key verse:
31. In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Evil-Merodach became king of Babylon, he released Jehoiachin king of Judah and freed him from prison on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month.

My thoughts:
Jeremiah ends with hope, as the Davidic king is released.

4,600 seems a very low number to me. It appears that quite a significant Jewish community developed in Babylon, and I would've thought this number would've been higher. It does highlight how much of a remnant this is though. If you look through the deuteronomistic history, they leave the desert in Deuteronomy with close to 2 million people, and are finally exiled here at the end (Jeremiah is connected with the deuteronomistic history) with 4,600.


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