Jehoiachin, King For 3 Months (II Kings 24)

Jehoiachin was made king at the age of 18.  At 18, he was already evil-“he did evil in the sight of the Lord just as his forebears had done.”

The Bible will usually list the kings lineage through his father, but we are given the king’s mother’s name “Nehushta who was the daughter of Elnathon of Jerusalem.” We can assume that his evil behavior was also tied to his mother.

He was only king 3 months when Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem.  He captured the king, his mother, his ministers, his officers, and functionaries.  They all surrendered to Nebuchadnezzar.  He takes all of the treasures from the Temple including all of the gold pieces that Solomon had acquired.  There were 10,000 military men and all of the craftsmen and smiths also taken.  Nebuchadnezzar dismantled the city.

When a heart is evil it will do evil things.  King Jehoiachin learned his evil behavior probably from his mother.  The list of his consequences for his evil were monumental.  We should all remember David’s words in Psalm 79, O Lord, remember not against us the iniquities of our past.  May your compassion quickly come to us.

Author: Karen Epp

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