“In the eighth year of the reign of the king of Babylon, he took Jehoiachin prisoner. As the Lord had declared, Nebuchadnezzar removed the treasures from the temple of the Lord and from the royal palace, and cut up the gold articles that Solomon king of Israel had made for the temple of the Lord. He carried all Jerusalem into exile: all the officers and fighting men, and all the skilled workers and artisans—a total of ten thousand. Only the poorest people of the land were left.”
– 2 Kings 24:12-14
Holy God, Your punishments are meant as lessons. And You are so in love with us, that You humbled Yourself to allow Your temple to be desecrated. Not only that, but You humbled Yourself to die for me. All to bring me to Yourself and teach me to follow You.
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