The King is Coming

“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him, and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.  Genesis 49:10

The Davidic Kingdom was crumbling fast.  Josiah’s arrogant encroachment of Egypt ended in defeat and his death.  His son’s reign lasted only three months.  Egypt placed Israel’s next king upon the throne, another son of Josiah, Jehoiakim.  Caught between Egypt and the up and coming powerful Babylon, wicked Jehoiakim died in an attack by the latter.  His son, King Jehoiachin, surrendered to Babylon and was thrown into prison hundreds of miles from Israel. He never returned home; he never saw Jerusalem again.  The Babylonians installed a burlesque king to Israel’s throne; Zedekiah, Jehoiachin’s uncle.

Foolishly, Zedekiah revolted against Babylon.  He was captured, all his children killed, and his eyes put out.  Babylon placed a governor in charge of Jerusalem, who was not from the line of David. Due to this, an insurrection arose among the Israelites. Jerusalem was destroyed and the Israelites were exiled to Babylon.  Does there remain no king on the throne from the lineage of David?

If the story ended here, Jacob’s words would mean little.  The promises to David would be erroneous.  But instead, we read…

And in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, graciously freed Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison.”  2 Kings 25:27

In the midst of the sin of Judah and the judgement by God upon her, His sovereign will continued to unfold bringing forth the genealogical account found in Matthew’s gospel; Jehoiachin begat…

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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