The Word which came unto Jeremiah from The LORD, when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and all his army, and all the kingdoms of the Earth of his dominion, and all the people, fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities thereof, saying, Thus saith The LORD, The God of Israel; Go and speak to Zedekiah king of Judah, and tell him, Thus saith The LORD; Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire: And thou shalt not escape out of his hand, but shalt surely be taken, and delivered into his hand; and thine eyes shall behold the eyes of the king of Babylon, and he shall speak with thee mouth to mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon. Yet hear the Word of The LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah; Thus saith The LORD of thee, Thou shalt not die by the sword: But thou shalt die in peace: and with the burnings of thy fathers, the former kings which were before thee, so shall they burn odours for thee; and they will lament thee, saying, Ah lord! for I have pronounced the word, saith the LORD. Then Jeremiah the prophet spake all these words unto Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem, When the king of Babylon’s army fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities of Judah that were left, against Lachish, and against Azekah: for these defenced cities remained of the cities of Judah. This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them; Jeremiah 34:1-8
Nebuchadnezzar II is known as the greatest king of the Chaldean dynasty of Babylonia. He conquered Syria and Palestine and made Babylon a splendid city. He destroyed the Temple of Jerusalem and initiated the Babylonian Captivity of the Jewish population.
Zedekiah, original name Mattaniah, (flourished 6th century bc), king of Judah (597–587/586 bc) whose reign ended in the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and the deportation of most of the Jews to Babylon. Mattaniah was the son of Josiah and the uncle of Jehoiachin, the reigning king of Judah.
He appears most prominently in the Book of Daniel, in which Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Nebuchadnezzar is humbled twice by God: when he tries to punish the Israelites for refusing to worship an idol and when God punishes him with seven years of madness.
After the first dream, Nebuchadnezzar respects God’s wisdom. After the furnace, Nebuchadnezzar respects God’s loyalty. And then after his period of madness and loss of title and humanity, he respects God’s power. It’s only then that we see Nebuchadnezzar become a true believer.
Even before chapter 25, the coming of an enemy from the north had been prophesied, but in Jeremiah 25:9 the identity of the enemy is revealed. It is “Nebuchadressar, the king of Babylon, my servant” who will come from the north to destroy the kingdom of Judah.
Everyone is Known, we are Created for a reason.
God has shaped and prepared you to play a unique role in each step of your story. You have a destiny that will bring glory to God, share the grace of God, and extend the reign of God. Understanding your unique destiny starts with understanding what the Bible says about your purpose as one of God’s people.
Clarifying what the Bible says about your purpose helps you in three important ways:
- It declares why you exist. It captures the heart of why you are on this earth and why Jesus died for you.
- It defines your life—not in terms of what you think but what God thinks. It anchors your life in the character and call of God.
- It clarifies the non-negotiables. It identifies what never changes about who you are, regardless of circumstances.