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Yet hear the Lord’s promise to you, Zedekiah king of Judah. This is what the Lord says concerning you: You will not die by the sword; you will die peacefully.
While King Zedekiah was trying to hold off Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, the word of the Lord came to him by way of Jeremiah, the prophet of God. He told him to give up and be taken by Nebuchadnezzar. But, he said, “you will not die by the sword but will die peacefully.”
King Zedekiah had the dubious dishonor of letting go of the nation of Judah and watching his beloved Jerusalem be burned to the ground. All this happened at the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. But the Lord commanded him to let go of the fight, and if he did, he’d be honored when he did die. As told by both the writer of Chronicles and Jeremiah, Zedekiah was weak because he was driven by fear. In scripture, God equates weakness with wickedness. Thus, weak Zedekiah was wicked. However, because he gave up and laid down his sword so Nebuchadnezzar could lay his wrath upon Jerusalem, God let Zedekiah live out his final days in prison and be buried honorably by the Jewish people living in Babylon. Certainly, God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Zedekiah is probably “The Weak King That God Honored” because, in the end, he actually obeyed the Lord.
I want to be a man of God. I want to do Your will at all times. I don’t want to be honored because I quit as Zedekiah did. With Your help, I will do Your will as long as I live. Amen
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