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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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“So Judah went into captivity, away from her land” (verse 21).  This was the tragic ending of the kingdom of Judah.  Jerusalem was besieged twice, and this second time, the Babylonians took way all the bronze and all the furniture in the Temple with them.


Was Judah destined to go into exile?  Certainly not! From the time God called Abraham, He wished His chosen people to be light bearers to the world.  Yet God also told them from the very beginning, if they trust and obey, they will prosper, but if they turn away from God, God will withdraw His protection, and they will fall into the hands of their enemies.


This was how God related to Adam and Eve.  God never intended the first couple to sin, but He was prepared if they did sin. The plan of salvation was devised before creation, and God was willing to sacrifice His precious son Jesus for us.


The history of Judah reminds us that God never fails to keep His promises.  He is always righteous and just.  Even for the Israelites in Judah, His plan was not finished, as prophet Jeremiah prophesied, they would come back to Jerusalem after 70 years (Jeremiah 29:10), and they did.


For us, it is the same. When you stumble and fall, please remember to get up because God is your strength.


Daniel Jiao
Chinese Union Mission
Hong Kong