Daily Devotional for July 4
In the thirty-seventh year of King Jehoiachin’s exile in Babylon, Evil-merodach ascended to the Babylonian throne. He was kind to Jehoiachin and released him from prison. . . . —2 Kings 25:27
Jehoiachin’s life is a tremendous picture of God’s judgment and grace. His sin landed him in a dungeon for thirty-seven years; then suddenly without explanation the king sent for him and released him from prison. More favor was extended to him through kind words, a position of honor, daily food at the king’s table, and a regular allowance for the rest of his life. In the same way, God reached down into the dark prison house of sin, and by grace He instantly released us from our sentence. He cleaned us up, spoke His love to us, and seated us “with him in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 2:6). He dressed us in the finest robes of righteousness and continues to feed us each day with living bread from the table of the Word of God. Finally, He provides for all our material needs on a daily basis by promising to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). “Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth!” (Psalm 2:10). Let us not boast of our positions, prestige, or prosperity. We are where we are because of God’s incredible grace!
2 Kings 23:31-25:30