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turn GOD against Judah by p0wn-ing them!
We learn in the first couple verses that Jehoiachin had "sinned against the LORD". Interested to know what he did that pissed off the "LORD", I read on to the next verse, which says "It was during his reign that the Babylonian army, commanded by King Nebuchadnezzar's officers, marched against Jerusalem and besieged it." Followed by the detail of the siege. So I guess the big "sin" was to let Jerusalem be, well, besieged.
Doesn't seem like much of a sin if you ask me. Frankly, it makes you wonder, why, if Jerusalem was so damn important to the ALL-POWERFUL LORDTM, god didn't just send a plague or something masterfully devastating to kill Nebuchadnezzar's army?
But apparently, this "sin" has a history among Jerusalem's Kings:
(2 Kings 23: 32-33): Following in the example of his ancestors, [King Joahaz] sinned against the LORD. His reign ended when King Neco of Egypt took him prisoner in Riblah, in the land of Hamath, and made Judah pay 7,500 pounds of silver and 75 pounds of gold as a tribute.
(2 Kings 23 34): King Neco made Josiah' son eliakim king of Judah as successor to Josia, and changed his name to Jehoiakim... 37Following the example of his ancestors, Jehoiakim sinned against the LORD. 24 While Jehoiakim was king, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia invaded Judah, and for three years Jehoiakim was forced to subbmit to his rule; then he rebelled.
(2 Kings 24: 9-10): Following the example of his father, Jehoiachin sinned against the LORD. It was during his reign that the Babylonian army, commanded by King Nebuchadnezzars' officers besieged it.
(2 Kings 24:19-20): King Zedekiah sinned against the LORD, just as King Jehoiakim had done. The LORD became so angry with the people of Jerusalem and Judah that he banished them from his sight.So basically, as far as I can tell, four generations of Kings of Judah, aged 18 - 23 "sinned" against the "LORD" by allowing the holy city of Jerusalem to be invaded and plundered. How rude and disrespectful of them!
Its bad enough to have to pay to be invaded and tortured and killed, but to be branded as a "sinner" against THE LORD, well that's just salt on the wound.
But as with, I'm sure, many passages in the Bible, it doesn't really add up. Let's flash back to King Jehoiachin's reign when he sinned against the LORD by allowing Nebuchadnezzar to invade Judah:
(2 Kings 24:2): The LORD sent armed bands of Babylonians, Syrians, Moabites, and Ammonites against Jehoiakim to destroy Judah, as the LORD had said through his servants the prophets that he would do.So Jehoiakim sinned against the LORD by letting Nebuchadnezzar invade him which was commanded by GOD HIMSELF? Seriously, this guy can't win! WTF?
Yet another random example of why the Bible is stupid and I learned nothing from it (except that it espouses a fucked up morality).
Can't wait for tomorrow's random verse!