15 Jan #NEXTPODCAST | EPISODE 8
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We are going to dive right into the book of Daniel this morning. We will take it slow and unpack the text. Daniel wrote this book around 606BCE (We will unpack this more)
“In the midst of chaos, hurt, pain, and confusion, God is still sovereign and in control!
V1 During the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it with his armies.
What do we know? Let’s get a handle on the history of this time period…
During the 3rd year of Jehoiakim’s reign…
Who is Johiakim?
He is the second son of King Josiah of Judah.
There are 2 main super powers at this point in history. Babylonians & Egyptians
A lot happened before Jehoiakim become’s King and His dad’s story will tell us.
Who was King Josiah?
2 Chronicles 34
“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty one years. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn aside from doing what was right. During the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young (age 16), Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David. Josiah was a godly king and the most significant reformer of Israel.
I want to highlight this phrase:
he began – the word means to bore into or dig into
to seek – to frequent or tread
At age 16, Josiah began to dig into God, he began a pattern of regularly, frequently, walking with God.
There is not a more clear picture of a man choosing to build a personal encounter with God than this.
This was not normal for for him to do. Most people around him were not honoring the scriptures nor were they having personal intimacy with the Lord. In fact it was a pagan culture filled with idols, child sacrifice, sexual immorality, etc…
So what does he do after he builds intimacy with the Lord?
Josiah begins his reforms…
for the next 10 years, he purifies Israel and tears down all the pagan shrines
He finds the Scriptures and calls Israel back to full obedience to them.
2 Chronicles 34v21b
“The Lord’s anger has been poured out against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the word of the Lord. We have not been doing what this scroll says we must do.”
He leads the people of Israel back into covenant with God.
2 Chronicles 34v31
The king took his place of authority beside the pillar and renewed the covenant in the Lord’s presence.
Josiah was an absolute STUD…! He encounters God daily and becomes this iconic Hero of Israel bringing them back into covenant with God.
but I want to highlight something interesting in2 Chronicles 35
In world events, Egypt is moving up the Euphrates to fight with Assyria, against the Babylonian kingdom. Why?
Because the one who controlled the water, controlled the region, the agriculture, commerce, and power.
In 2 Chronicles 35v21, we find the King of Judah, Josiah, getting involved.
After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Charchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him.
FAST FORWARD: The battle continues and Josiah is killed.
His son, Johoahaz is placed on the throne by the people.
Pharaoh Neco steps in, removes the rightful son, takes him to Egypt, and places the second brother, Eliakim, on the throne. He gives him a very simple option, rule for me, or die. His name is changed to Jehoiakim, and according to Scripture, he is evil and does not follow God.
Pharaoh Neco, after defeating Josiah, allies with the Assyrians and goes after the city of Hurran, under Babylonian control. He is defeated by Nebuchadnezzar, who forces Egypt into retreat and destroys the Assyrian empire.
Nebuchadnezzar heads to Jerusalem to take over and expand his kingdom.
This is where our story begins..in the 3rd year of this reign of Jehoiakim.
But I want to back up and look at something.
2 Chronicles 35v21
After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Charchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent ambassadors to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I only want to fight the nation with which I am at war. And God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back.
Follow the logic in this passage:
God spoke to Neco to destroy the Babylonians. Neco moves in obedience to God’s word.
Neco tells him, “God told me to do this.” Josiah moves out against Neco.
What does that tell us?
Josiah had let go of his pattern of, “digging in and talking with God.”
There is a 10-12 year gap that scripture doesn’t show us in Josiah’s life from where he calls Israel back into covenant with God and rebuilds the temple.
He then makes a MASSIVE DECISION (without Gods permission) to go fight the Egyptians.
Something was lost during those 10-12 years.
He stepped out of his HUNGER for the voice of the Lord and the presence of God in his life.
I am challenged with and want you to take away 2 things from this story:
1. Daily pursuit and encounter with the Lord MUST inform every part of who I become.
In fact if we do not allow a daily encounter with Him to shape our life, the culture around us will determine who we are.
It would have been easy for Josiah at a young age to let culture around him shape and form the man he wanted to be. But he chose the narrow road.
2. Although a loving God allows you to freely step into perfect relationship and intimacy with Him, He will also allow you to walk away.
Josiah must have gotten into cruise control with such a busy life being King. He started living on old memories and words from the Lord.
Can I remind us something beautiful this morning:
He has something new and fresh for you each day. Why wouldn’t we except it.
22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Josiah Dies and Jehoikim is placed as King and this is wear the story begins:
1 During the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 The Lord gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the Temple of God. So Nebuchadnezzar took them back to the land of Babylonia and placed them in the treasure-house of his god.
3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief of staff, to bring to the palace some of the young men of Judah’s royal family and other noble families, who had been brought to Babylon as captives. 4 “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.” 5 The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service.
6 Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah.
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