Join me in reading 2 Kings 22 – 24…
“And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD, which He spake by His servants the prophets.’ 2 Kings 24:2 (KJB)
Manasseh had turned the kingdom of Judah completely against the LORD, His word, His messengers – the prophets, and the way of God. He had shed innocent blood. It was the blood of their children which had been offered in the fires of Molech.
In this reading of Scripture God comes collecting the debt that is owed Him. Josiah had been one of the most godly kings of Judah, ridding the temple of all the profane things Manasseh had brought in ridding the land of all the perverse people, and restoring right worship to the LORD Most High. However, after Josiah’s death his son Jehoahaz rules, and he does evil in the sight of the LORD. To act so vile and evil in “the sight of the LORD” is pure blatant evil.
The prophets had warned kings. Jeremiah had warned the king Jehoiakim that his doom was certain if he did not surrender to Nebuchaddnezzar, king of Babylon (Jeremiah 36). Babylon was coming, Judgment was coming. Judgment came, just as the prophets foretold.
How does this historical record affect the Christian of 2018? It is advice, direction, wisdom of God to all who will hear that God will judge unconfessed, unrepented sin. It is a cry to the Christ to keep your accounts with God short. Meaning, when you sin, and realize you have sinned against God; confess them, repent of them – turn from those sins, believing what God says, and let God fill your life with Himself.
If you are not a Christian – a follower of Jesus Christ; you need to hear how He sent His Son Jesus to die for your sins, He was buried, and He rose again. Because of this act of grace by God there is forgiveness and cleansing of all sin. There is judgment coming. You do not have to be in that judgment. Our sin has been judged through Christ on the cross.