And many nations will pass by this city; and everyone will say to his neighbour, ‘Why has the Lord done so to this great city?’ Then they will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshiped other gods and served them.’ ”
Weep not for the dead, nor bemoan him; Weep bitterly for him who goes away, For he shall return no more, Nor see his native country. Jeremiah 22:1-21
God implied that it was too late for repentance, however, God said that there was still time to change.
God gave the king the basis for rebuilding the nations: turn from evil and do right.
Doing what is right is more than simply believing all the right doctrines about God. It means living in obedience to God.
Good deeds do not save us, but they display our faith. (James 2:17-26)
“Shall you reign because you enclose yourself in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink, And do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him.
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; Then it was well. Was not this knowing Me?” says the Lord.
Josiah had been faithful to his responsibility to be a model of right living, but his son Jehoiakim had been unfaithful to his responsibility to imitate his father.
The son could not claim his father`s blessings when he had not followed his father`s God.
We may inherit our parent`s money, but we cannot inherit their faith.
A godly heritage, a good education or a beautiful home, does not guarantee moral character. We must have our own relationship with God.
I spoke to you in your prosperity, But you said, ‘I will not hear.’ This has been your manner from your youth, That you did not obey My voice.
Jehoiakim had been hard-hearted and hard-hearted since childhood.
God warned him, but he refused to listen. His prosperity always took a higher priority than his relationship with God.
If you ever find yourself so comfortable that you don`t have time for God, stop and ask what is more important; the comforts of this life or a close relationship with God?
(Resource: Application Study Bible)