Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 24

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan from Jerusalem. Jehoiachin did what was evil in the LORD’s sight, just as his father had done. During Jehoiachin’s reign, the officers of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came up against Jerusalem and besieged it.Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah from Libnah. But Zedekiah did what was evil in the LORD’s sight, just as Jehoiakim had done. These things happened because of the LORD’s anger against the people of Jerusalem and Judah, until he finally banished them from his presence and sent them into exile. Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. (2 Kings 24:8-10, 18-20 NLT)
This chapter summarizes the reign of two of Judah’s kings. They both did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and the people followed their example. Kings and commands failed because it is much easier for people to follow the example of an evil leader than one who does what is right in the eyes of the Lord. It is like rolling downhill. Our sinful nature makes not walking with God our default condition. Kings and commands will not keep us walking with God. Rules and regulations are not enough to overcome our sinful nature.
This is why we need Christ. Through what Christ did for us on the cross, we are made right with God. Not because of our goodness, but because of God’s goodness. God took all the steps toward us, paid all the cost for us, so we may walk with Him. Our choice is whether or not to believe and trust in the God who loves us so much that He would rather die on a cross than live without us.