For because of the anger of the LORD it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence.
And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem and laid siege to it. And they built siegeworks all around it. So the city was besieged till the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, by the king's garden, and the Chaldeans were around the city. And they went in the direction of the Arabah. But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king and overtook him in the plains of Jericho, and all his army was scattered from him. Then they captured the king and brought him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and they passed sentence on him. They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him in chains and took him to Babylon.
—2 Kings 24:20b-25:7
by: Gem Barton.
All the words of God that the prophet Jeremiah had spoken about Judah being taken into captivity and famine and destruction in Jerusalem came to pass. King Zedekiah was captured and taken away. Even at the end, he did not take heed to the warnings God sent him through Jeremiah. Leadership has always been held accountable and is still held accountable today. In Mathew 18:6, Jesus warned of the punishment that will be met out to leaders who cause the children of God to go astray. When called to lead, we must prayerfully guide God’s children in the ways that please Him.