Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lenten Devotional 14: Waiting to Exile

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Scripture reading 2 Kings 24:8-25:30

The fall of Jerusalem in 586 BCE/BC was the final season of the Deuteronomistic History (Joshua-Kings). One can only imagine the despair. Israel’s kings bowed to other gods and eventually fell into the hands of king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Now, Judah (the southern kingdom) followed with the same fate. Unlike 2 Chronicles, 2 Kings does not conclude on a happy note. Here, evil gets the better of God’s people.

This installment of our series was not meant to contradict the talk of repentance and reconcile, in yesterday’s post. Rather, it is that exile is a season of life. The Jewish people were scattered into exile by the Babylonians. Two thousand five hundred ninety eight years later, the people of Israel continue to fight for land. The exile happened because God’s people continuously sinned against the Lord. The law did not save the people.

But, the Jewish people weren’t special sinners; they were fallen human beings. The Primary History (Genesis-Kings) illustrates the fallen nature of humanity, with the people of God at the forefront of this fallen story. Only, this isn’t a bedtime story, it’s the history of the people of God. Upon reading this passage, one might ask, did the people of God pay attention to history? We are the people of God and this is our history.

Father, forgive us, for we know not what we do. We are sinners; helpless to help ourselves. Have mercy on us O Lord. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.  

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