“27 And in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he began to reign, graciously freed Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison. 28 And he spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat above the seats of the kings who were with him in Babylon. 29 So Jehoiachin put off his prison garments. And every day of his life he dined regularly at the king’s table, 30 and for his allowance, a regular allowance was given him by the king, according to his daily needs, as long as he lived.” 2 Kings 25:27-30
Babylonians captured Judah.
What was dreaded, yet promised, actually came about.
Complete and utter destruction throughout God’s people – everywhere.
Shock. Horror. Anger. Chaos. Despair. Darkness.
The bulk of 2 Kings 25 just screams, “There’s No Hope!”
And yet – incomprehensibly – just before the book closes, we read these words: “Evil-merodach king of Babylon . . . graciously freed Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison. And he spoke kindly to him. . .”
What the what?
In the middle of absolute destruction, a glimmer of light. A sign that God would keep His promise. A glimpse that God would indeed stay true to His Word. A pause that allows us to breathe again and remember that God’s people really are never without hope.
That’s right. God’s people are never without hope. Never. He has always done what He said He would do. He is always doing what He said He would be doing. He will always do what He said He would.
There is always hope.
Maybe you haven’t been overtaken by the Babylonians lately, but perhaps you have been overtaken by life. Maybe a guy named Nebuchadnezzar hasn’t captured you, but a dude named Despair has. Maybe you thought it would miss you, but now you are shocked in disbelief.
Whatever it is, I promise you this: God is not helpless or insufficient. In fact, He may indeed be orchestrating the whole thing. But take heart. In the midst of it, there’s always hope. Always.
There’s a once occupied empty tomb in a cemetery that guarantees it.