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2 Kings 25:12
But the commander left behind some of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.
This, of course, is the story of what Nebuchadnezzar’s eventual takeover and destruction of Jerusalem looked like. The prophets had prophesied it was on the way, and it happened. After Jerusalem was destroyed, including the burning of Solomon’s temple and the destruction of the walls surrounding the city, they left the poorest of the Israelites to work the vineyards. They slaughtered or carried the rest away to Babylon.
When one reads the first chapter of Daniel, one quickly sees that the brightest and most brilliant of the Israeli folks were taken to be used as assistants to Nebuchadnezzar himself. But this passage specifically mentions the POOR being left behind to do the backbreaking, manual labor in the vineyards. As if they were slaves on their own property. In this case, this group of POOR folks had children, and it was those same children and their children who many years later helped Nehemiah rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. That’s right, Nebuchadnezzar had died, and his grandson had gone off the rails, and a new nation and king ruled. So he sent Nehemiah into Jerusalem to use those kids and grandkids of the POOR to build it back up! This means that oftentimes, “The POOR Will Rise Again.”
When I was a little boy, I learned that being poor meant you worked harder and were quick to learn and prove yourself. Thank you. And thank You that slowly, but surely the tide will usually turn for people when they work and believe. Amen
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