Turning Point #8 – The Destruction of Jerusalem

Background: David was succeeded by his son Solomon who built the temple in Jerusalem. Solomon loved many foriegn women who turned his heart away from serving God. As punishment, after his death the kingdom was divided into 2 kingdoms: Israel and Judah (the line of David).

There were a few good kings along the way but most of the kings were evil. Eventually in 722 bc the Kingdom of Israel was destroyed by the Assyrians, then in 586 bc the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem.

Reading: 2 Chronicles 36.

This is a sad turning point. The beautiful city and nation that God created was destroyed and taken into captivity. Why did this happen? (15-17)

How do each of these verses describe the destruction?

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18 –

19 –

20 –

Read the end of the chapter. After 70 years God brings some of the Jews back from captivity. The nation will be kept alive so that the promises to Abraham and David can be fulfilled in Jesus.

What does this turning point teach us about those who continually reject God?

6 thoughts on “Turning Point #8 – The Destruction of Jerusalem

  1. Those who became the kings of Jerusalem did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Their young ages could’ve had something to do with it. Jehoahaz was 23 when the king of Egypt deposed him. Jehoiakim was 25 when the king of Babylon bound him in chains. Jehoiachin was merely 18 when the king of Babylon replaced him with Zedekiah, who was only 21. They tore the house of the Lord to pieces and were exceedingly unfaithful, until they faced with the wrath of the Lord.

    17 – Nebuchadnezzar killed everyone in the city. He showed no mercy to anyone.
    18 – Nebuchadnezzar took everything of worth back to Babylon.
    19 – Nebuchadnezzar‘s troops burned down the temple and destroyed every important building in the city.
    20 – Nebuchadnezzar took anyone who had survived back to Babylon and made them servants.

    Those who continually reject God will eventually face the wrath of God.

    This was a good read.

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      1. I should’ve been more specific… I didn’t mean to suggest that their young ages contributed to their lack of spirituality. I’m thinking that their young ages made them more susceptible to the other kings bullying them. They were evildoers because they lacked the knowledge that maybe an older man would’ve possessed. I think that young people can be just as spiritual as older people, sometimes maybe more so.

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      2. That you Kelli.

        This is what we call the Babylonian Captivity. Those who were taken to Babylon were allowed to come back after 70 years (when the Persians conquered the Babylonians).

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      3. Jimmy, I had no idea that this even had a name, or was called the Babylonian Capacity. Was that because Nebuchadnezzar captured all these people from Jerusalem, & took them to his place, Babylon???? Didn’t the Persians capture Babylon, later down the line, after Nebuchadnezzar was old, or dead, and someone younger was rulling Babylon?????

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  2. God’said beautiful city & nation, that had been taken into captivity was destroyed because: But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy.. Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand.

    These verses describe destruction by:
    17: king of the Chaldeans, killed young men, the virgins, the aged, & the weak, with the sword, without compassion, & took them.

    18: Treasures of the house of God, great & small, treasures of the leaders, & treasures of the king, we’re all brought to Babylon.

    19: They burned down the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned down it’s palaces,
    & destroyed all its precious possessions.

    20: Those who escaped the sword, we’re carried off to Babylon, to become servents, until the rule of Persia.

    Those who continually reject God, suffer a miserable life, then miserable death, & never will make it to Heaven.

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