Jeremiah continues to pronounce judgment against the nations:
– Ammon, Lot’s descendants, God will humble them and, “Afterwards I will bring back the captives of the people of Ammon.”
– Edom, Esau’s descendants, “Your fierceness has deceived you, the pride of your heart,” therefore, the Lord will destroy Edom like He did Sodom and Gomorrah.
– Damascus, a prominent city in Syria, their days of joy will be cut off and turned into days of sorrow.
– Kedar and Hazor, Arab tribes from the east, Babylon will destroy them and the land will become desolate.
King Jehoiakam dies after reigning 11 years and his son, Jehoiachin, becomes the next king of Judah. Jehoiachin will only reign 3 months before he is taken off to Babylon with Ezekiel during the second wave of captivity. He will spend 37 years in prison in Babylon (2 Kings 25:27).
Jehoiachin is wicked like his dad thus the Lord says, “None of his descendants shall prosper, sitting on the throne of David, and ruling anymore in Judah.” God will bring judgement upon all the wicked leaders and false prophets who have scattered His flock and have not attended to them. BUT the Lord will gather the remnant of His flock, “And they shall be fruitful and increase.”
The Lord is bringing a Righteous Ruler, Jesus Christ, for His people! “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.‘“ 🙌
(Jeremiah 49:1-33, 2 Kings 24:5-7, 2 Chronicles 36:6-8, 2 Kings 24:8-9, 2 Chronicles 36:9, Jeremiah 22:24-23:32)