“Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of his heritage ? He does not retain His anger forever because He delights in mercy.” Micah 7:18
Remember how Deuteronomy (17:18-20) taught that future kings were to write their own personal copy of the law so they could read it everyday? In studying the kings of Israel and Judah, the Holy Spirit gives us good, concise examples of what pleases Him. We must keep in the Word and take heed to prepare our hearts to walk in His ways because we love Him. We must keep humble, get Godly counsel and keep from making unholy alliances. We also learn of the incredible mercy of our great Redeemer.
Note to History of the Kings – part 3 : Three months after the death of Jehoiakim, his son Jehoiachin surrendered to the King of Babylon during the second siege of Jerusalem . Nebuchadnezzar placed Josiah’s son, Zedekiah ,on the throne of Judah and carried Jehoiachin away to Babylon where he spent 37 years in prison. Zedekiah rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar and was deported at the third and final destructive siege of Jerusalem. When Evil-Merodach inherited the throne of Babylon, he looked with favor on Jehoiachin and provided a place for him at the royal table the rest of his life . Jehoiachin’s grandson was Zerubbabel, who became the governor of Judah leading the first group of captives back to Jerusalem to start rebuilding the temple. ( There will be no more kings of Israel to sit on the throne until the King of Kings comes to reign…our LORD Jesus Christ)