- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jeremiah 22
Oracles to three kings of Judah
Jeremiah prophesized judgement against three kings of Judah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, and Jehoiachin, the descendants of King Josiah. King Josiah was one of righteous kings in Judah. He followed the way of God, demolished idols, and reformed his nation, renewing the Covenant of God. But he was killed at the battlefield against Egypt (2 Kings 23)
God commanded the kings of Judah to rule the nation by doing justice, rescuing the oppressed, doing right to the alien, the fatherless, widow, shedding no innocent blood. But they did wicked things before God. Jehoahaz, called, Shalhim, died in Egypt. Jehoiakim expanded his palace irresponsibly following Egyptian model. Jehoiachin, called Conia, followed his father doing wicked things before God. He was exiled to Babylon childless. So no descendant of Jehoiachin ruled Judah.
The history book recorded about the end of king Jehoiachin,
“Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king’s mother, his wives, his officials and the prominent people of the land. 16 The king of Babylon also deported to Babylon the entire force of seven thousand fighting men, strong and fit for war, and a thousand skilled workers and artisans. 17 He made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah.” (2 Kings 24:15-17)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?