Zedekiah Rebels Against Babylon (Day 78)

Read Jeremiah 52:1-34
   Riblah was 200 miles north of Jerusalem. This was the Babylonian headquarters for ruling the region. Hamath was the district of Aram containing the nation’s capital. 
   This chapter provides more detail about the destruction of Jerusalem (2 Kings 24-25). This chapter shows that Jeremiah’s prophecies concerning the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian captivity happened just as he predicted. 
   Babylon’s king showed kindness to Jehoiachin. In 561 B.C., Jehoiachin was released from prison and allowed to eat with the king. God continued to show kindness to the descendants of king David, even in exile. 
   In the world’s eyes, Jeremiah looked totally unsuccessful. He had no money, family, or friends. He prophesied the destruction of the nation, the capital city, and the Temple, but the political and religious leaders would not accept or follow his advice. No group of people liked him or listened to him. Yet as we look back, we see that he successfully completed the work God gave him to do. Success must never be measured by popularity, fame, or fortune, for these are worldly and temporal measures. King Zedekiah, for example, lost everything by pursuing selfish goals. God measures our success with the yardsticks of obedience, faithfulness, and righteousness. If you are faithfully doing the work God has given you, you are successful in His eyes.