Author: Ron Graham

History of Israel

Captivity in Babylon
—And Nebudchadnezzar’s mercy

Time ~ 7. Exile and Scattering
Span ~ 200 years
Books ~ Jer, Lam, Eze, Dan, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Obadiah, [Joel]
Figures ~ Jeremiah, Daniel
Begins with ~ Wars upon Israel and Judah
Ascendant empire ~ Babylon

We now come to the second captivity, that of Judah. The people were taken into exile in the land of the Chaldeans of which the chief city was Babylon.

1 Chaldeans Take Judah

The northern kingdom of Israel has already been taken into captivity by the Assyrians.

Now it is the southern kingdom of Judah's turn to be deported from their own land into exile in a foreign country.

God's instrument in this punishment is Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

The Babylonians/Chaldeans have by this time become a superpower.

The great prophets of this time are Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel.

Jeremiah predicted the fall and tribulation of Judah and what would take place thereafter.

Ezekiel inspires and gives hope to the exiles.

Daniel was one of the exiles who also saw beyond the captivity all the way to the time of Christ.
 

2 Mercy With Punishment

Judah's punishment was bad enough, but it could have been worse. God moderated the punishment in at least three ways...

God’s way with Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar was, by the king's own account, similarly just and merciful, as terrible as the punishment was. God may let us be humbled, but always for our good (Romans 8:28).
 

3 Bible Summary (2Kings 23-25)

4 The Great Empires

At this point you should be aware of the succession of superpowers in the latter Times of Israel. These were the...

 

5 Book of Jeremiah

6 A Few Facts About Nebuchadnezzar

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