Read 2 Kings 25
Focus on verses 8-9
“In the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month during the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon…” This was the day on which Jerusalem was burned to the ground, Solomon’s grand temple, the palace built by David, the wall around the city and every great house within the city was burned down and reduced to rubble. The great Israelite empire that David had begun was gone. Those of the people who did not go to Babylon as exiles, fled to Egypt after the assassination of Gedeliah. It would be seventy years that the land would lie desolate before a small remnant led by Nehemiah would return and start rebuilding. As for the Lord’s promise that David’s line would rule forever…this had not been forgotten. Some twenty-eight generations later a young teenage girl of the line of David named Mary miraculously became pregnant while she was engaged to a man named Joseph who was also a descendant of David. This Joseph might have been the ruling King of Israel had it not been for the Roman occupation at the time. Mary and Joseph are both informed by an angel that this child she is bearing is none other than the promised King of Kings who will someday return to reign for ever and ever. Believe what you like, but know this – Jesus Christ will rule God’s kingdom and this kingdom will never end… the question that remains to be answered is will you be for or against that kingdom?