“And the prince who is among them shall bear his belongings on his shoulder at twilight and go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it. He shall cover his face, so that he cannot see the ground with his eyes. I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there. I will scatter to every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his troops; and I will draw out the sword after them” (Ezekiel 12:12-14).
Josephus the great historian records perhaps the apocryphal story that Zedekiah was inclined to believe the warnings of Jeremiah regarding the Captivity, but his counselors dissuaded him from carrying out the prophet’s advice.
When news of Ezekiel’s prophecy stating that Zedekiah should not see the land of the Chaldeans reached Jerusalem, the king concluded the two prophecies to be contradictory, and so disbelieved them both (Antiquities x. 7. 2).
The capture of the king resulted in the scattering of the remnants of the army. These survivors, in telling their tale of shame, would let the heathen know that it was not weakness on the part of the God of Israel that had caused the defeat and subjection of His people, but Israel’s failure to fulfill its divine destiny and obey the Lord. God never leaves His children. But when people chose to rebel against Him, they reap the consequences of their decisions.
In His service,
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