Today’s Texts: 2 Kings 25:2-4, Jeremiah 39:2-18, Jeremiah 52:9-30; 2 Chron.36:17-21, 2 Kings 25:22, Jeremiah 40:1-6
Highlights: The sad day comes. The city is out of food and the wall of Jerusalem is broken through. Zedekiah and his army flee but are captured and taken to Babylon. Zedekiah witnesses the execution of his sons and then his own eyes are put out. Nebuchadnezzar has Jerusalem destroyed, carries more into captivity, and leaves behind a few of the poorest of the people. Gedaliah is appointed governor. Jeremiah is rescued from prison and treated well by Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah chooses to remain in Jerusalem.
Zedekiah will indeed live as Jeremiah promised him (Jeremiah 34:3) but its tough to imagine a more horrible fate than he experienced this day. He might have preferred death. What regrets do you think he had? What do you learn from his experience?