This study, taught by pastor Barry Forder at our Sunday morning service on Sunday 18th October 2015 is the final session in our series of studies through the book of Second Kings – the 12th book in the Bible.
We have seen the monarchy in Israel split in two as a result of unfaithfulness to God, and then each subsequent part of the divided kingdom fall yet further into apostasy to the point that God, as He forewarned (see Deuteronomy 28), brought judgment upon them with first the northern kingdom of Israel, and now the southern kingdom of Judah, being led away captive.
Sadly there are many today who think they are getting away with their sin, because God doesn’t immediately bring judgment, yet as Paul reminds us “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:7-8).
For almost 400 years the kings of Judah had been sowing to the flesh, worshipping idols and provoking God to anger, now time had run out.
There are some dramatic prophecies given and prophecies fulfilled in these chapters not least the prophecy given to Zedekiah (Ezekiel 12:13) that he would be taken to Babylon, but yet not get to see it! This sounds a contradictory statement, until you read 2 Kings 24:7 where we see that Zedekiah was taken captive and brought to Nebuchadnezzar, who then killed his sons before his eyes, and then ‘put out his eyes’. So he went to Babylon, yet never got to see it with his own eyes! – God is not mocked!
We also look at what some have suggested is an error in the Bible when comparing 2 Chronicles 36:9 with 2 Kings 24:8. (Also see my previous post https://www.calvaryportsmouth.co.uk/2015/03/248/ for more on the claim that there are errors in God’s Word).
May you be blessed and challenged as you listen to this study.
You can listen to the audio on this web page, or save it for later listening. The PowerPoint slides in PDF format are also available for download.