Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
2 Kings 23:31-25:30
Egypt asserts authority over Judah. King Jehoiakim gave allegiance to Babylon for a while. Eventually, Babylon took over Judah without interference from Egypt. King Jehoiakim, his mother, servants, and palace officials were taken prisoners. All the treasures of the temple and the palace were taken, as were all the officials, all the warriors, 10,000 captives, all the artisans and the smiths. Only the poorest people were left behind.
Babylon made the king's uncle the ruler over what was left of Judah, renaming him Zedekiah. His eventual rebellion against Babylon failed decisively.
At this point, Christianity is not yet a separate religion from Judaism but considered by many to be a threat to it. Paul accused the religious leaders of attacking him for not following the requirements of the religion while at the same time they themselves were violating them.
Why is it, the psalmist asks, that powerful people think they are in charge. The Lord is sitting up there in heaven laughing at them.
If one gives answer before hearing,
it is folly and shame.
Prayer for Today: O Lord our God, in times of conflict within our church, remind us to pay attention to your will. Amen.