II Kin. 23:35-37; II Chron. 36:5; Jer. 26:1-6; 7:1-8:3
It took only a short time for Judah’s government to fall apart after the death of Josiah. Twenty-five year old Jehoiakim being a vassal or puppet king under Egypt gave their silver and gold to Pharaoh and under his direction taxed the people and gave that money to the Egyptian king.
The Lord came to Jeremiah with instructions to stand at the gates of the temple and to speak His warning to the people. God in His mercy was giving them another chance to turn in repentance from their wicked ways. The prophet reminded them of the evils that they had committed and gave them a way to escape God’s wrath. They were guilty of stealing, murder, adultery, false swearing, burning incense and walking after other gods and even sacrificing their sons and daughters as burnt offerings to the god, Molech. Even though Jeremiah was to speak those words to the people, God told him that they would not obey nor answer him.
(We cringe at the thought of offering innocent young children as sacrifices to gods during the times of the prophets. However, somehow it is morally acceptable to abort the lives of innocent unborn babies under the guise of “The Right to Choose.” Whatever happened to the babies’ “right to choose?” Go figure!! God will not hold those murderers blameless if they do not repent.)