Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Jer. 22:1-23; 25:1-14; 26; 2 Chr. 36:1-5; 2 Kgs. 23:31-24:4


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The Bible Knowledge Commentary has a helpful diagram for The Last Five Kings of Judah

Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Two

  1. Even now, Zedekiah has the volitional opportunity to do justice and righteousness, and deliver his city from destruction (Jer. 22:1-9).
  2. Jeremiah’s message against Shallum/Jehoahaz was that he would never return from his Egyptian captivity (Jer. 22:10-12; 2nd Kgs. 23:34).
  3. Jeremiah’s message against Jehoiakim was that he would die unlamented and buried like a donkey (Jer. 22:13-19; cf. Jehoram 2nd Chr. 21:20).

(Chapter Twenty-Two continues on Day 228)

Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Five

  1. This message was given to Jeremiah in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim’s eleven year reign (Jer. 25:1; 2nd Kgs. 23:36).  This message is contemporaneous with other messages in Jeremiah (36:1; 45:1; 46:2).
  2. Jeremiah’s message recounts a 23 year long ministry of total rejection (Jer. 25:1-7).
  3. Jeremiah’s message details the coming invasion, and a seventy year captivity in the land of Babylon (Jer. 25:8-11).
  4. At the conclusion of the 70 years, Babylon will be destroyed in accordance with  prophecy (Jer. 25:12-14 cp. Jer. 50 & Jer. 51).

(Chapter Twenty-Five continues tomorrow)

Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Six

  1. Chapter 26 occurs in the in the first year of King Jehoiakim (Jer. 26:1).
  2. Jeremiah’s message: “Repent now, or else” (Jer. 26:2-6).
  3. The response of the priests and the prophets: “You must die” (Jer. 26:8-9).
  4. The religious leaders hand off Jeremiah to the civil leaders for his trial and execution (Jer. 26:10-15).
  5. Some elders of Judah were able to quote Micah, and acquit Jeremiah of all charges (Jer. 26:16-19).  One prominent leader was Ahikam the son of Shaphan (Jer. 26:24; 2nd Kgs. 22:12-13).
  6. Another prophet (Uriah, the son of Shemaiah) did not fare as well as Jeremiah (Jer. 26:20-23).

Second Chronicles Chapter Thirty-Six

  1. Chapter 36 contains a summary of the post-Josiah kings of Judah, the Babylonian Captivity, and the decree of Cyrus releasing the Jews to return to their land.
  2. The 3 month reign of Jehoahaz (2nd Chr. 36:1-4; 2nd Kgs. 23:31-33).

(Chapter Thirty-Six continues on Day 228)

Second Kings Chapter Twenty-Three

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. The three month reign of King Jehoahaz of Judah is described (2nd Kgs. 23:31-33).
  2. The eleven year reign of King Jehoiakim of Judah is introduced (2nd Kgs. 23:34-37).

Second Kings Chapter Twenty-Four

  1. Jehoiakim, King of Judah (and puppet king of Egypt’s choosing) transfers his tribute to Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon for a period of three years (2nd Kgs. 24:1).
    1. Jehoiakim’s loyalty to Nebuchadnezzar is secured by the royal hostages which were taken to Babylon, including the Prophet Daniel (Dan. 1:1-7).
    2. Jehoiakim’s rebellion should have resulted in the death of the hostages, but the Lord had already elevated them to prominence in Nebuchadnezzar’s court (Dan. 1:19-20).
  2. Jehoiakim did not enjoy any blessings of national freedom, as the Lord continued to extend judgment upon the house of Manasseh (2nd Kgs. 24:2-7).

(Chapter Twenty-Four continues on Day 228)