II Chronicles 36:11-17 “Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the LORD. And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel. Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand.” 

The people of Israel had such an up and down history living back and forth between serving God and idols.  This particular passage finds them under the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.  This heathen ruler sets up an Israelite “puppet king,” Zedekiah, to reign in the city of Jerusalem.  As so many of the preceding rulers, Zedekiah follows the example of doing evil in the sight of the Lord.  One would think that these kings would learn from past examples; yet they continue down the path of those before them!

As a 21 year old king, Zedekiah seems to follow a pattern in his life – REBELLION.  He rejects the messenger of God, Jeremiah (12), he revolts against the oppressing king, Nebuchadnezzar (13), and more important than this, he resists the Lord, the God of his fathers (13).  He sets the tone for his subjects as the people refuse God.  The religious pollute the house of God and the nation, as a whole, completely abuse the messengers of God who sought to see God turn the hearts of His people back to Him.  What a God, Who continues to, in spite of consistent rebellion of His people, have compassion for them!  I am so grateful for this truth – God does not just have compassion; He is full of compassion!  The psalmist must have recognized this fact in his life as well.
  • Psalm 78:38 – But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.

  • Psalm 86:15 – But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

  • Psalm 111:4 – He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

  • Psalm 112:4 – Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

  • Psalm 145:8 – The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

The phrase in verse 16, till there was no remedy, captured my attention as we see the wrath of God getting ready to be poured out.  This is not an uncommon thing in the people of Israel’s history.  How many times do we see the displeasure of the Lord towards His children?  But this time, it is different – no remedy.  This word remedy gives the idea of His wrath would come and this time there would be no cure, no healing, and no deliverance.  How depressing is this!

APPLICATION

Can you imagine going to the doctor with a serious illness, waiting for his diagnosis, hearing the worst, hoping for the solution, and then watching as He hangs his head.  You ask, “What, doctor.”  He slowly shakes his head, and says “There is no hope.  Science nor the medical field has a solution for what you have.”  This will put you living in the present life with absolutely no hope at all.  No remedy leads to no hope.  Let us not live our life in opposition to the man of God, the Word of God, so as to frustrate the grace of God.

The writer of Proverbs, Solomon, supports this as he writes of the naughty and wicked man and his future.  He speaks of him being broken suddenly, and uses the same word speaking of the nation of Israel – there is no REMEDY!

Proverbs 6:12-15 [12] A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. [13] He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; [14] Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. [15] Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

Evangelist Eric Ramos

Fair Haven Baptist Church