Devotional 2 Chronicles 36:12-13
Pastor Brian's "Every So Often" Devotional
April 30, 2015
(2 Chronicles 36:12-13) [Zedekiah] did evil in the sight of the Lord his God, and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the Lord. 13 And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath by God; but he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord God of Israel.
Zedekiah became king at the age of 21 years old. It was a time in which Israel was basically subservient to the Babylonian empire and King Nebuchadnezzar, but were allowed to ostensibly govern themselves within certain parameters. King Zed violated their treaty and rebelled against Nebbie, leading ultimately to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians.
There is clear linkage between a person’s rebellion against God and their subsequent rebellion against other authority. After all, if we operate our lives in such a manner that even the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe has no authority over us, then who else could possibly exert any other authority over us?! At that point, all that limits us is the means to do whatever evil we might find set before us. The more resources we have, the more we convince ourselves that we can get away with almost anything.
Conversely, if we yield our lives to the oversight of the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, we find that obedience to other authority generally goes hand-in-hand. Pleasing God will generally lead to a life that is lived in harmony with civil society around us (persecution for our faith notwithstanding). May God grant us the humility to bow before Him, to soften our hearts towards Him, that we might live peaceably with all men (Romans 12:18).