Jeremiah 52 - Outline of Jeremiah (MENU page)
The Fall of Jerusalem in Retrospect, ch. 52
I. The fall of the city, v.1-7
Scripture records the account of Jerusalem's captivity and destruction four times: Jer 39; Jer 52; 2Kin 25; 2Chr 36. This repetition, taken with Mat 23:37-39 and Luk 19:41-44 "shows how deeply God loves His people, even when their conduct proves them to be wholly unworthy of being loved."
     "Did children act toward a father as Israel acted toward God, they would certainly extinguish all love for themselves in their father's heart. But it is impossible to exhaust the love that fills God's heart.
     "But, as in the case of Jerusalem, appalling chastisements must visit aggravated sinfulness (vs.2-3).
     "Disobedience to the Word of God ensures hunger, defeat and slavery (vs.4-7). Many in their spiritual experience have had this sad experience." [in quotes, from GWms]
II. The fate of Zedekiah, v.8-11
III. The fate of the city, the Temple, the people, v.12-23
IV. The fate of certain individuals, v.24-27
These men who held important religious, political and military offices were slain.
The account in 2Kin 25:19 mentions five men who had been closely associated with the king, whereas v.25 records seven. The difference may be explained by deaths during the long journey from Jerusalem to Riblah. These men may have been elderly, or in ill health due to the siege.
V. The captivities of Judah under Nebuchadnezzar, v.27b-30
The nation, which was carried away in the great captivity of v.27b, suffered multiple prior partial captivities.
     Comparing the number of deportees, and the year of Nebuchadnezzar in which they occurred, it appears that the first two minor captivities, mentioned here, occurred about a year before each of the two major captivities which marked the start and finish of Zedekiah's reign (cp. v.28 with 2Kin 24:11-17; cp. v.29 with v.10-12).
     The third minor captivity (v.30), about four years later, was apparently Nebuchadnezzar's response to the rebellion which deposed Gedaliah, whom he had appointed as governor in the land following the fall of Jerusalem (cp. Jer 41:17,18).
VI. The elevation and, death of Jehoiachin in captivity, v.31-34
Evil-Merodach {meaning "man of Merodach," a false god} succeeded Nebuchadnezzar as king of Babylon. [The day of Jehoiachin's elevation differs between v.31 and 2Kin 25:27. It seems probable that there were two days of preparation before the former prisoner was ready to be presented before the king.] The favor shown to Jehoiachin may have given hope to the captives that the promised restoration would occur in spite of their present sufferings. However, that hope of restoration did not benefit the former king, who died in Babylon, without an heir for the throne of David (cp. Jer 22:24-30).
     Elevation by the world system is a poor substitute for honor from God (1Cor 4:5).
     Neither the rebellion of God's people, nor the opposition of the world system, will prevent the LORD from establishing His King and Kingdom (Psa 2). Yet, today, He grieves for the sorrows of His people. (See the Lamentations of Jeremiah.)

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