June 11th, 2018
Nebuchadnezzar’s Cruel Intent
Jeremiah 52:10-11 (KJB) And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah. 11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.
Zedekiah was forced to watch the cruel murder of his sons.
Any person who declares that murder and mayhem did not happen in ancient biblical times, or that this kind of evil is something new at work in our world today is both biblically illiterate and misinformed.
These scripture verses, found in the book of Jeremiah, are speaking about the cruel leadership style of the King of Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar. It was his intention that Zedekiah would witness first hand the murder of his sons. Not only that but once he witnessed their murder his own eyes were “put out.” Then it was divinely recorded that Zedekiah was taken to prison to round out his final days on this earth.
Not only did he witness the death of his sons, but he could no longer see with his own traumatically injured eyes. You can be certain this brutality of King Nebuchadnezzar did not go unnoticed by God.
Little is known of Zedekiah’s last days in chains, whether he was closed in a solitary prison cell, or if he was forced to work and labor while in captivity. Certainly, being forced to watch the murder of his sons, and to lose his vision in such a horrific manner were great physical and mental obstacles at the end of his life.