Isreal stepped away from The Creator; following their will. The siege of Jerusalem (597 BCE) was a military campaign carried out by Nebuchadnezzar II, king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, in which he besieged Jerusalem, then capital of the Kingdom of Judah. They were defeated and majority of citizens carried away to Babylon.
Remember this? By the rivers of Babylonian, there we wept when we remembered Zion. Psalms 137:1
6 Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, my servant, and I have given him also the beasts of the field to serve him.
10 and say to them, ‘Thus says The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, myservant, and I will set his throne above these stones that I have hidden, and he will spread his royal canopy over them.
28 who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd,
and he shall fulfill all my purpose’;
saying of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be built,’
and of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’”
Cyrus, God’s Instrument
45 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
and to loose the belts of kings,
to open doors before him
that gates may not be closed:
18 “Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre. Every head was made bald, and every shoulder was rubbed bare, yet neither he nor his army got anything from Tyre to pay for the labor that he had performed against her. 19 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and he shall carry off its wealth and despoil it and plunder it; and it shall be the wages for his army. 20 I have given him the land of Egypt as his payment for which he labored, because they worked for me, declares The Lord GOD.
Do not forget! Joseph was going to be murdered by his brothers; he was thrown in a pit and when his ‘protective’ older brother went to ease himself, Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt. Remember this, Joseph dreamt of the future!
Now Israel (formally Jacob) loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us?
Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
When he told his father – Jacob as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Here, we turn the clock back to Jacob dreaming… And Jacob dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD stood beside him, and said: ‘I am The LORD, the God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac.
And Jacob had an encounter that no one else experienced or saw!
That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. So Jacob was left alone, and a ‘man’ wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that ‘he’ could not overpower him, ‘he’ touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the ‘man’. Then the ‘man’ said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
The ‘man’ asked him, “What is your name?”
“Jacob,” he answered.
Then the ‘man’ said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”
Jacob said, “Please tell me ‘your’ name.”
But ‘he’ replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.
So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”
The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.