In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Evil-Merodach became king of Babylon, he released Jehoiachin from prison on the twenty-seventh day of the twelfth month. He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon. So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table. Day by day the king gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived. 2 Kings 25:27-30
Jerusalem has been ravaged by the Chaldean’s and is in captivity. The glory has departed from the royal city, for the King of Judah is taken prisoner and the principal officers have been put to death. All hope appears lost for the “thrones of the house of David,” Salomon’s temple was burnt to the ground, and the sacred vessels are carried away to Babylon.
After thirty-seven years while the King is imprisoned, a glimmer of light appears. Hope is restored to the captive people. The King of Jerusalem is invited by the King to dine daily at his table. He is also given minimum security prison conditions.
In the midst of a storm or tribulation…Jesus speaks tenderly to us through His Word, gives us new clothes…robes of righteousness, and positions us at a seat of honor at His table. He invites us to come and eat with Him and feast at His table of abundance. He provides life…abundant life! Jesus brings release from bondage and bestows instead foretastes of the infinite pleasures at His right hand. Are you troubled? Are you weary? The temptation can be to seek TV, a hobby, work, or anything else that can provide a distraction or what we think can soothe us. Seek Him! Seek the source of life…Christ. He is our bread. He is our fountain of life.
“They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.” Psalm 36:8
“My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” Psalm 63:5