by Rev Joel Yong
2 Kings 25:1-7
On the tenth day of the tenth month of the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked Jerusalem with his entire army. They set up camp and built dirt ramps around the city walls. The blockade of the city lasted until Zedekiah’s eleventh year as king. On the ninth day of the fourth month, the famine in the city became so severe that the common people had no food. The enemy broke through the city walls that night. All Judah’s soldiers left on the road of the gate between the two walls beside the king’s garden. While the Babylonians were attacking the city from all sides, the king took the road to the plain of Jericho. The Babylonian army pursued King Zedekiah and caught up with him in the plain of Jericho. His entire army had deserted him. The Babylonians captured the king, brought him to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and passed sentence on him. They slaughtered Zedekiah’s sons as he watched, and then they blinded Zedekiah. They put him in bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.
By what happened to Zedekiah, 2 seemingly contradicting prophecies are fulfilled.
“This is what the LORD God of Israel says: Go to King Zedekiah of Judah, and tell him, ‘The LORD says: I’m going to hand this city over to the king of Babylon, and he will burn it down. You will not escape from him. You will certainly be captured and handed over to him. You will see the king of Babylon with your own eyes, and he will talk to you face to face. Then you will go to Babylon.
And the prince who is among them shall lift his baggage upon his shoulder at dusk, and shall go out. They shall dig through the wall to bring him out through it. He shall cover his face, that he may not see the land with his eyes.
Zedekiah did not see Babylon but he did go there!
Sometimes we look at 2 seemingly contradicting accounts in Scripture and ponder the accuracy of the Word but God is able to make His Word come to be fulfilled in ways we never thougt possible.
After all those reading the Old Testament prophecies would wonder how “a virgin would be with child.” Wouldn’t they?