The Babylonian Captivity with Map
Overview of the Jewish Captives taken to
In the Book of II
Kings we read of the deportation of the Jews from their land to the land of
Babylon, and then the Book ends 37 years later with the account of Jehoiachin
who was blinded and in captivity in Babylon. After 30 years of imprisonment,
Evil-merodach ascended the throne of Babylon and at the beginning of his rule he
chose to honor the Judean prisoner Jehoiachin. The Jewish king was given
appropriate garments and an income and made a member of the court of Babylon,
with other deposed kings. This was no doubt a comforting sign to the Jewish
captives who were still in the "land of bondage."
In all actuality it
was the Lord who had given favor to Jehoiachin, and it was the Lord that had
allowed the promised Seed (Messiah) to pass through the loins of Jehoiachin as
11 Josiah begot Jeconiah (Jehoiachin) and his brothers about the time they were
carried away to Babylon.
12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah (Jehoiachin) begot Shealtiel,
and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel.
13 Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor.
14 Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud.
15 Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob.
16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is
God was faithful to
His promises that they would remain in the land of Babylon for seventy years,
and the "Son of David" would still come to bring salvation to the world.
Even in bitter
captivity there was hope for Godís people, the promises were being fulfilled and
the Scriptures continued to be written:
1 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered
2 We hung our harps Upon the willows in the midst of it.
3 For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, And those who
plundered us requested mirth, Saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"
4 How shall we sing the LORD's song In a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill!
6 If I do not remember you, Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth -- If I
do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.
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