An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 9 - Prophetic Truth - Page 197 of 223
Doubtless this would have made the journey far more pleasant than it
actually was, but the simple fact is that the Hebrew word bo does mean that
the ship was 'going' or 'setting out' for Tarshish.  The plain fact of Daniel
1 and Jeremiah 25 is that the former writer tells us the year in which
Nebuchadnezzar 'set out' from Babylon, while the latter tells us when he
arrived.  Moreover, Jeremiah tells us what occupied Nebuchadnezzar on his
journey from one capital to the other:
'Against Egypt, against the army of Pharaoh -necho king of Egypt, which
was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadrezzar king of
Babylon smote in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of
Judah' (Jer. 46:2).
Instead, therefore, of discovering a discrepancy in the narrative of
Scripture, we have the obvious fact that Nebuchadnezzar took time to
accomplish his march from Babylon to Jerusalem, and was obliged to meet and
overcome Pharaoh at Carchemish by the Euphrates before he could arrive.
In Jeremiah 25:3 the prophet reminded Israel that since the thirteenth
year of Josiah (see Jer. 1:1,2) the word of the Lord had come urging them to
turn from their evil, and because they had not turned He said:
'Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the
Lord, and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will
bring them against this land ... and this whole land shall be a
desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king
of Babylon seventy years' (Jer. 25:9 -11).
What God therefore had threatened, He brought to pass in the fourth
year of Jehoiakim, and the historic record of the captivity of Jehoiakim is
found in 2 Chronicles 36, the last chapter of the Hebrew Bible!  Yet with all
this apparent on the surface of Scripture, and needing no more scholarship
than ability to read in one's mother tongue, Kuenen in his Historic Critique
de l'Ancien Testament has the audacity to say:
'We know by the book of Jeremiah that no such event (as the siege of
Jerusalem, Dan. 1:1) took place in the reign of Jehoiakim'.
'We know'!  We also know that it is written: 'professing themselves to
be wise, they became fools', and by such statements they demonstrate that
they are but 'blind leaders of the blind'.
Jehoiakim was appointed king of Judah by Pharaoh-nechoh in the place of
Jehoahaz (2 Kings 23:34).  He did evil in the sight of the Lord, and filled
Jerusalem with innocent blood.  He was succeeded by Jehoiachin.  In the reign
of the latter, Nebuchadnezzar carried out thence all the treasures of the
house of the Lord, whereas Daniel 1:1,2 tells us that at the first he only
carried away a part.
Jehoiachin or Jeconiah is deprived of the Jehovah element in his name,
and as Coniah is utterly rejected by the Lord:
'Thus saith the Lord, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not
prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon
the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah' (Jer. 22:30).