2 Kings 25: Tearing down the Temple
2 Kings 25 allows us to see what happened in the immediate aftermath of the Babylonian captivity. Obviously, Babylon came in and was not necessarily kind to their new subjects. One thing in particular stood out to me.
2Ki 25:8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:
2Ki 25:9 And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man’s house burnt he with fire.
They tore down the Temple. With their entire pantheon of deities, I guess they really didn’t care too much about the God of Israel.
The reason that it stood out to me in particular was because it made me think about Jesus. He also talked about tearing down the temple, but He had a reason for it.
Joh 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Joh 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
Joh 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
Of course, this is a very strong reference to the upcoming resurrection of Jesus Christ, but I was thinking about this because even though the Babylonians were able to burn down the Temple, they could not hinder the will of God. They could burn down His house, but if He wanted another one (and one was eventually rebuilt for the second Temple), there’d be nothing they could do to stop that. After all, even death couldn’t stop Jesus from rising again.
As we come to the end of this book, I think the chapter is appropriate. People can do whatever they want here on earth, but it is not going to slow down the purposes of God.