Today was another beautiful day with my church family at Living Waters. We had a special guest speaker this week, and he brought God’s Good News to us in an awesome way.
He preached on all 21 verses of Daniel Chapter 1 – which begins in 605 B.C. – the 3RD year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah. Jehoiakim was the oldest son of Josiah who I’ve been studying for the past month or so, and it’s actually become my next two sermons that I hope to preach to my church family. My first sermon covers the entire 31-year reign of King Josiah. My second sermon covers the crumbling of the Kingdom of Judah immediately after Josiah’s untimely death.
During the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah – King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. The LORD gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah, and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the Temple of God. (Daniel 1:1-2)
Today’s sermon went a long way in helping me to understand the fall of the “Southern Kingdom” to Babylon.
Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became King, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother was Zebidah – the daughter of Pedaiah from Rumah. He did what was evil in the LORD’s sight – just as his ancestors had done. (2 Kings 23:36-37)
Our Special Guest Speaker this week was Jeff Carter – Author of “I Can Prove God Exists: Only God Could Be An Atheist” – available on Amazon.
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