Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 52:33 which says,
“So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table.”
Okay so the king of Babylon has released the king of Israel from prison and even let him eat the king’s table and get an allowance (the next verse). This is mercy, because the Israelite nation had been captured, and now the new king of Babylon (and his name was Evil-Merodach) has released the king of Israel. So the king of Israel “set aside his prison clothes” and ate at the king’s table.
It’s amazing that Evil-Merodach (the king of Babylon) would let the king of Israel free and let him eat at his table. But it is more amazing that God did the same with us. Let me explain. We were horrible wretched “plank-eyed” sinners. And we were going to die, and let’s just say that we couldn’t go to heaven because we weren’t perfect. But God sent His son to die for our sins and open the way for us. How does that apply to the king of Babylon? Well the king of Babylon freed the king of Israel, the king of Israel even got to put away his prison clothes. And Jesus took us out of the prison of sin and into the kingdom of God.
Jesus died for our sins on the cross. He didn’t just die for our sins, He took our sins on Him and took our place on the cross. The son of God (and also God) died for our sins, that is more amazing that what the king of Babylon did for the king of Israel. But why did Jesus die for our sins? Why would He actually come down from heaven and die for us terrible sinners?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus loved us so much that He died for us. He loved us so much that He took our sins and our place on the cross. He loved us so much that He removed our prison clothes and our shackles for us so that we can go to the kingdom of God. And now we should give glory to God and we should worship Him, thank you Jesus.
So as a recap, the king of Babylon was gracious and merciful so he freed the king of Israel from prison so that the king of Israel could remove his prison clothes and eat at the king’s table. And God was gracious and merciful so He sent His son to die for our sins so we could remove our prison clothes (of sin) and go into the kingdom of God.
Jesus died for our sins on the cross, thank you so much Jesus.
Are you trusting in Jesus as your savior on the cross?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.