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Day by Day Devotional - Year 5 of 5
Devotional: May 26th
The historical events corresponding to these prophecies are related in 2 Kings 15:8-38; 2 Kings 16:1-20; 2 Kings 17:1-18. The last kings of Israel had thought it good politics to lean alternately on Egypt and on Assyria (v. 3; cf. Hosea 7:11-12; 2 Kings 17:4). This was precisely their undoing. For their part, those who escaped from Jerusalem and from Judah sought refuge in Egypt (at Noph or Memphis) rather than "dwell in the LORD’s land", as Jeremiah enjoined them (v. 6; cf. v. 3; Jeremiah 42:10; Jeremiah 42:19). Alas! are we not like them? How often, when confronted with a difficulty, we seek man’s help rather than the Lord’s (Psalms 60:11). Ephraim would be denied offspring, would remain sterile and without fruit for God, like the fig tree which the Lord cursed (v. 16; Mark 11:12-14). This prophecy was fulfilled by the dispersion of the ten tribes, which will last until their re-establishment for the one thousand year reign of Christ. As to those properly called Jews (Judah and Benjamin), their fate since the rejection of the Messiah is to be "wanderers among the nations" (v. 17; Deuteronomy 28:64-65). Not having known the time of their "visitation" in grace (Luke 19:44), they must be visited by judgment (v. 7).
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