Despite God's warning to remain faithful to the Him, Judah did not listen and suffered the consequences of breaking the Covenant just like the
In 597 B.C., Babylon besieged Jerusalem and carried King Jehoacahin, his family, the treasuries of the temple, and
10,000 captives (mighty men of valor and craftsmen leaving only the poorest in the land) back to Babylon (2 Kings 24:1-18). In 586 B.C,
Babylon destroyed the walls of Jerusalem and the temple. They killed King Zedekiah's sons, put out his eyes, and took him captive along with
others back to Babylon (2 Kings 25:1-21). Babylon took more captives in 582 B.C. (Jeremiah 52:28-30).
Ezekiel knew this was happening becasue God told him about it. Ezekiel reminded the people this was the consequences of breaking the Covenant. He also reminded them God was faithful and
would keep His promises - even if they did not understand how that could happen after the fall of Jerusalem. Ezekiel even saw the temple of the
New Heaven as a promise of what was to come.
Jeremiah described and lamented the destruction of Jerusalem in Lamentations. He held fast to faith in God's mercy and faithfulness to fulfill the
Covenant by asking for His forgiveness and seeking to restore the Covenant relationship with God. Jeremiah also sent letters to the captives
before he became an exile himself and reminded the people that God was in control. Through Jeremiah,
God told the captives to "build houses...plant gardens...have children....pray for their new city...do not listen to the false prophets...I will
bring you home in 70 years" (Jeremiah 29:4-14 ). Isaiah even prophesied King Cyrus who would be the one to release the people of Judah to return home
to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple (Isaiah 44:28).
When Babylon carried off the captives, they taught the brightest of them to be wisemen - probably hoping to harness the power of their god for
Babylon. Daniel and his friends were some of these captives serving in the king's palace. Daniel and his friends served the King yet never wavered in their faithfulness
to God even when threatened with the furnace and the lion's den. God blessed them as a result - just as He promised in the Covenant with His people.
God gave Daniel the ability to interpret dreams and gave him visions of the future including the coming of the Messiah. Daniel foretold events to
come with amazing accuracy.
Esther tells the story of a young lady who became the queen of Persia "for such a time as this" to save her people from annihilation.
Through the midst of Israels' exile, God warned other nations they would be judged and suffer the consequences of their treatment toward His people.
He told Edom, the descendants of Esau, through Obadiah they would be judged for not helping God's people and instead rejoicing over their destruction
and actually helping the enemy.
Although God's people were in a foreign land, God still reigned. He continued the work to redeem this fallen world through the seed of
Adam and Eve, Abraham, and David.
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