Law and Gospel Carrot and StickThe Narrative Lectionary reading for today is 2 Kings 24:20-25:30. It is one of the darkest moments in Judah’s history. This passage records the invasion of the Babylonians and the destruction of Jerusalem. Solomon’s beautiful temple is completely destroyed and the people are carried off into exile.

Learn more about 2 Kings Then there are the last four verses of the book of 2 Kings. Jehoiachin was the king of Judah. He only reigned for three months before Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, took him into exile and threw him into prison. Then, after a new king took over in Babylon, Jehoiachin was released from prison and treated like royalty in Babylon.

Why is this important? Because of God’s promise to David in 2 Samuel 7 that there would always be a king from David’s house, and because of God’s promise to Abraham that God would bless all nations through Abraham’s family. Most kings would have been executed by the invading army, but Jehoiachin was preserved. Then, in Matthew 1:11-12, he shows up in Jesus’ genealogy under the name Jechoniah.

God’s promise is persistent. In spite of Israel’s continual rebellion and wrestling with God, the promise persisted, and still persists today. Jesus is the fulfillment of that promise, and now, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, ALL nations are blessed and the Kingdom of Heaven advances through the humble service of the church at work in the world.

No matter how dark your world may seem right now, know that God is at work, preserving and persisting in the promise to make all things new.

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