Protecting the Poorest
(2 Kings 25:2-10-22)
(2 Chronicles 36:17-21)
(Jeremiah 39:2-5, 8-18; 40:1-6; 52:5-7, 9-30)
Reaching for God
The time was approximately 586 B.C. Just as the prophet Jeremiah had foretold, the Babylonians swept in and destroyed Jerusalem, the City of David. The marauders destroyed the most significant buildings, executed the leaders, took all the treasures of the temple and palace, and carted the people off to captivity.
All except the poorest of the poor.
“But the commander left behind
some of the poorest people of the land
to work the vineyards and fields.”
Could this account tell us anything about how the Lord feels about the humblest and most needy among us?Does not the Perfect Provider seek to be the only Source of all we need?
In the Sermon on the Mount, The Lord Jesus said this:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Could it be that our view of success is somewhat skewed these days? Has it ever been otherwise?
What does the Lord’s own economy look like?
Will you pray with me?
Gracious Heavenly Father,
All You created
Belongs to You.
Point out our poverty,
And turn our eyes from all
Besides Your hand.
Thank You for Your great grace
That looks beyond our greed
And our grief
And draws us to Your own heart
Where we may find
Your everlasting abundance.