In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.
~~ Daniel 1:1-2 (KJV)
While the book of Daniel is a book of prophecy, both prophecy fulfilled and prophecy yet to be fulfilled, it is also a book of history.
These opening verses are a simple statement of historical fact.
It could be a newspaper account with most of the journalistic questions being answered in two sentences.
- When: In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah
- Who: Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
- Where: Jerusalem
- What: Siege and fall
The “why” question is not answered here.
Or maybe it is. “the Lord gave…”
It is a simple statement of the Lord being involved in the everyday activities of men and nations.
More of the why is written in Jeremiah 25 where the reasons for this judgment upon the people of Judah are spelled out clearly. Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, has spoken to the nation time after time, and the people have not heeded his words.
God is good enough to give us prophets who will help us to stay on track with His will.
We have them today.
Are we listening?
We sometimes forget that you are involved in the day to day affairs of men. Help us to remember that You are interested in the smallest detail of our personal and collective lives. Grant us the grace to see things from Your perspective. Give us hearts of flesh that we might love Your people as You love them. Stir in us the hunger to seek Your face above all else.
In Jesus’ most precious name.