“As I live, declares the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet ring on my right hand, yet I would tear you off and give you into the hand of those who seek your life, into the hand of those of whom you are afraid, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans. I will hurl you and the mother who bore you into another country, where you were not born, and there you shall die. But to the land to which they will long to return, there they shall not return.”
Is this man Coniah a despised, broken pot,
a vessel no one cares for?
Why are he and his children hurled and cast
into a land that they do not know?
O land, land, land,
hear the word of the LORD!
Thus says the LORD:
“Write this man down as childless,
a man who shall not succeed in his days,
for none of his offspring shall succeed
in sitting on the throne of David
and ruling again in Judah.”
by: Michaella Osborn.
Time and time again in the Old Testament, God used captivity to teach the Israelites about justice. He often reminded them that they were slaves in Egypt before instructing them to treat others justly and mercifully. King Coniah (a.k.a. Jehoiachin), who was unrighteous, was given the same treatment. Because of the way he acted, he was given into the hands of the Babylonians and his line was no longer allowed to sit on the throne. It is clear that God takes injustice seriously. He will not allow evil to go overlooked. Are there ways that you are walking in injustice in your life? What do you think God’s response would be to this?