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2.9.3.3.2 - Ungodly Rulers

It is a fearful principle within Scripture that the people suffer for the sins of their leaders (e.g., 2S. 24:17). In some cases, this result is due to the simple fact that the people are part of the political entity affected by the actions of their leaders. In other cases it is because the leaders, in their error or apostasy, actively lead the nation by example so that the people themselves emulate the leaders. Instead of serving as models of righteous behavior, the leaders model godlessness (Ps. 125:3).

Although God opposes all ungodly leadership, when the ruler occupies the throne of David, as did the kings of Judah, this is particularly egregious because this geopolitical throne was intended to reflect God’s righteous rule (e.g., Isa. 9:6-7). Therefore, it is no surprise that Jeremiah’s ministry included words of judgment for the line of kings as the nation continued its spiral downward. Jeremiah predicted the impending judgment of the throne of David in general1 as well as the thrones of Judah’s individual kings, including Jehoahaz2 , Jehoiakim3 , Jehoiachin (Coniah)4 , and the final king reigning at the destruction of Jerusalem, Zedekiah.5 But, as God had told Jeremiah, “the kings of Judah . . . will fight against you” (Jer. 18-19).

The kings violated an important principle: opposition to God’s prophets is opposition to God Himself (Mat. 10:40; Luke 9:48; 10:16; John 14:24). Their continued hard-heartedness sealed the fate of the nation, guaranteeing the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of her people.

Notes

1 Concerning the judgment of the throne of David: Jer. 22:1-6, 30; 23:1; 29:16; 46:28.

2 Jer. 22:11, 18.

3 Jer. 26:1; 36:28.

4 Jer. 22:24; 24:1.

5 Concerning the judgment of Zedekiah: Jer. 21:7; 24:8; 27:12; 32:3-5; 34:2-6, 21; 37:7-10, 17; 38:17-18, 22-23; 52:2 Eze. 12:12-13; 17:12-21.


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