~~On the 27th day of the 12th month, Evil-Merodach, king of Babylon released Jehoiachin, king of Judah from 37 years of captivity. Thirty-seven years was a long time to spend in prison. According to researchers, King Jehoiachin was about eighteen years of age when he was taken away, so that now he would be about fifty-five. Existence must have seemed hopeless, yet he went on enduring. Nebuchadnezzar died and his son Evil-Merodach ascended the throne. What would make a king release a prisoner who had been in captivity for so long? Jehoiachin was not only released, he was bestowed many blessings by the king. He took him out of prison, charting the policy of harshness for one of kindness. I am certain Jehoiachin must have lost hope of being honored again in his life and had resign his fate to spending the rest of his life in a dungeon, but mercy spoke on his behalf. Imagine how many kings had come to the throne in his 37 years of captivity. Imagine how many people had been murdered by the evil kings in Babylon during that time. But the Lord preserve Jehoiachin so he could be promoted even when it seemed all was lost. The Lord determined it was not over for him and made him a showpiece in Babylon as He put it in the heart of this new king to honor and decorate the “fallen” King Jehoiachin.
1. The king lifted up Jehoiachin’s head
2. He spoke kindly to him
3. He set Jehoiachin’s throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon. It means that a former save became a king in a strange land!
4. He change Jehoiachin’s prison garment to a royal robe. He was not only decorated, he was honored and celebrated. The humiliation, shame and disgrace of prison garments was changed for honorable clothing.
5. He was promoted to eat bread at the king’s table all the days of his life. King Evil-Merodach only reigned for two (2) years and was murdered. But God raise this new king and used him as Jehoiachin’s “helper” and lifter up of his head before he died.
6. Jehoiachin’s allowance was continuous. Every day of his life he was given a daily allowance. His allowance continued after the death of the king!
We can learn several lessons from Jehoiachin’s life:
1. There is a time for your breakthrough, liberty from bondage, salvation, and promotion. This man had been in captivity 37 years, but one day, the Lord raised up his helper to deliver him from his misery. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
2. God can use anybody for your promotion. He can use a young slave girl like he did for Naaman’s healing in II Kings 5:1-19. He can use a stranger like Simon of Cyrene, who helped our Lord Jesus Christ to carry His cross (Matthew 27:32; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26). He can use birds like he used ravens to feed the hungry Prophet Elijah (I Kings 17:4-6).
3. You cannot afford to give up no matter how long it takes. Psalm 3:5 says, “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” It does not matter how long you have spent in captivity, the important thing is that God can and will intervene in your situation. When God says it is over, then it is over.
4. God can remove or dethrone anyone so that He can enthrone your helper.
5. When God decides to bless, it can come with other blessings. Jehoiachin’s freedom came with divine promotion and lifting, joy honor…….
On the 27th day of the twelfth month, God set him up and set him apart for his promotion and lifting. God enthroned a new king. As you go into the month of December, the MONTH OF YOUR DIVINE PROMOTION, the Lord will enthrone “your king”. He will set you up for your lifting too in Jesus’ name. The scripture does not tell us what King Jehoiachin did to merit this favored treatment, but I conclude that it must be God’ grace and mercy. By God’s grace and mercy you will be promoted. By God’s grace and mercy you will be lifted. By His grace and mercy your years of shame and reproach will be swallowed up by years of glory and honor. By His grace and mercy, your latter end will be more glorious than your former. The Lord will remember you just as He remembered King Jehoiachin and give you beauty for ashes; the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for that of heaviness. God’s mercy will speak for you; it will raise helpers of joy and interpreters of your destiny. God’s grace and mercy will fight your battles and give you a fresh start in the mighty name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.
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