Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 30, 2015

“You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings Chapter 25.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+25&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now in the ninth year of his reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, camped against it and built a siege wall all around it.  2 So the city was under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.  3 On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. 4 Then the city was broken into, and all the men of war fled by night by way of the gate between the two walls beside the king’s garden, though the Chaldeans were all around the city.  And they went by way of the Arabah.  5 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho and all his army was scattered from him.  6 Then they captured the king and brought him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and he passed sentence on him.  7 They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, then put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him with bronze fetters and brought him to Babylon.

8 Now on the seventh day of the fifth month, which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem.  9 He burned the house of the Lord, the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every great house he burned with fire.  10 So all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down the walls around Jerusalem.  11 Then the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babylon and the rest of the people, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away into exile.  12 But the captain of the guard left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and plowmen.”  2 Kings 25:1-12.

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In the last chapter, we read:  “The Lord sent against him bands of Chaldeans, bands of Arameans, bands of Moabites, and bands of Ammonites.  So He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken through His servants the prophets.  Surely at the command of the Lord it came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also for the innocent blood which he shed, for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; and the Lord would not forgive.”  2 Kings 24:1-4.

In today’s Scripture, we read more about the execution (or performance) of this judgment.

“The Lord has made Himself known;
He has executed judgment.
In the work of his own hands the wicked is snared.  Higgaion  Selah.”  Psalm 9:16.

“Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved;  for the Lord will execute His word on the earth, thoroughly and quickly.”  Romans 9:27-28.

But, there is hope!

“‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David (Christ) to spring forth;  and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth.  In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in safety;  and this is the name by which she will be called:  the Lord is our righteousness.’”  Jeremiah 33:14-16.

The Lord reigns, let the peoples tremble;
He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!
The Lord is great in Zion,
And He is exalted above all the peoples.
Let them praise Your great and awesome name;
Holy is He.
The strength of the King loves justice;
You have established equity;
You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”  Psalm 99:1-4.


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