Week 20   Day 7


The negative side of the covenant is

            death and


God removed the people

            from his sight 

This may be true symbolically

            but not literally 

God turned his face away from them  

God showed them his back and not his face 


This is the opposite

            of what God intended 

the opposite of the blessing God gave to Moses and Aaron 

            "May the Lord make his face

            shine upon you."


For God to turn his face from you

            is about as low as it gets

but it is not the final word

            never forever

God's love does not end.



This is the end of an era for the children of Israel

             never again would they have

             a king in Jerusalem.



    The Lord put the children of Israel "out of his sight".
                                    II Kings 23, 24 & 25


     31Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became

king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem.  32He did

evil in the sight of the Lord.  33Pharaoh Necho put him in

prison; 34and made Eliakim the son of Josiah king, and

changed his name to Jehoiakim.  Pharaoh took Jehoahaz and

went to Egypt, and he died there.  6Then Jehoiachin his son

reigned in his place.  7The king of Egypt did not come out

of his land anymore, for the king of Babylon had taken all that

belonged to the king of Egypt to the River Euphrates.

     10At that time Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up

against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.  12Jehoiachin,

his mother, servants, princes and officers went out to the king

of Babylon, and the king of Babylon took him prisoner.  13And

he carried out from there all the treasures of the house of the

Lord and the treasures of the king's house.  14He carried into

captivity all Jerusalem:  all the captains and all the mighty men

of valor, ten thousand captives and all the craftsmen and smiths. 

None remained except the poorest people of the land.

     17The king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle,

king in his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah.  18He was

twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned

eleven years in Jerusalem.  19He also did evil in the sight of the

Lord, 20and He finally cast them out from His presence. 

     Then Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.  1In

the ninth year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar and all his army

came against Jerusalem and encamped against it; 2the city

was besieged.  3There was no food for the people.

     4Then the city wall was broken through, and all the men of
war fled at night.  
5But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the
king, and 
overtook him in the plains of Jericho.  All his army
was scattered from him. 
7They killed the sons of Zedediah
before his eyes, put out the
eyes of Zedekiah, bound him with
bronze fetters, and took
him to Babylon.

     9Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, came to Jerusalem

and burned the house of the Lord, the king's house, and all the
houses of the great.  10The army
of the Chaldeans broke down
the walls of Jerusalem all
around.   11He carried away captive
the rest of the people
who remained in the city.  12But the
captain left some of
the poor of the land as vinedressers and
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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