Today I want you to compare the life of two rebellious kings. Jehoichin which Scripture tells us “…did evil in the sight of the LORD” and Zedekiah also “…did evil in the sight of the LORD” (2 Kings 24:9, 19).
The following verses tell us more of Zedekiah, and chapter 52 of Jeremiah gives us the summary of the captivity in Babylon for Judah, and these two kings.
“Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.” Jeremiah 52:1-3 (KJB)
What made the difference? Jehoichin had gone out to Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 24:8-12). Zedekiah had tried to escape.
Jehoichin had, in the final play, followed the direction of Jeremiah and went out to King Nebuchadnezzar.
Will you hear the word of God, hear His Son Jesus Christ as He is calling you to Himself. He is the King of all kings, and has done the Father’s will dying for our sins, was buried, and He arose from that grave. Call on His name and He will hear you and deliver you from your sin, and its condemnation.