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Far From God?

Peter Jenkins

Oct 15th 2021 · Day 288

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God’s grace can reach anybody!

2 Kings 24 and 25 we read about King Jehoiachin. He was eighteen when he became king and he didn’t reign for long. He was taken captive by the Babylonians.

Sadly, as we read through the history of Judah’s kings, the description, ‘He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord’ appears again and again. God repeatedly sent His prophets to the kings telling them to repent and return to Him.

King Jehoiachin and the people of Judah refused to walk with God, and it had severe consequences on the city of Jerusalem and all of Judah. The temple treasures were carried away, and many people taken captive. All but the poorest were taken away to Babylon (24:14).

But after thirty-seven years in Babylon, an unexpected turn of events took place. The new king of Babylon, Evil-merodach, dealt graciously with Jehoiachin, releasing him from prison and supplying all his needs. We read that the Evil-merodach ‘spoke kindly to him’, honoured him, and that Jehoiachin ‘dined regularly at the king’s table’ (25:28-29).

Of course, we don’t know how Jehoiachin had changed during his years of imprisonment. Perhaps he had repented. But it seems amazing that he had such a good ending, because the Babylonian king chose to be kind and merciful. In a way, this was a happy ending for the errant king.

We may feel far from God; that we have made many mistakes and turned away from him too many times to count. But he is always ready to ‘take us back’ and show us His grace – His free, unearned favour. Remember the story of the prodigal son, in Luke 15? 

Pause and reflect: Do you need to turn back to God today, and receive His grace?

Written By

Peter Jenkins

Peter serves as chaplain to The Voice Asia, a multimedia ministry targeting non-Christian Asians. He is also chaplain of the International Motors Group and missions pastor at Victory Church. He is passionate about being a channel of God’s blessing wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter @PastorDelBoy

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