Saturday, August 05, 2017

Jehoiachin's Joy

"[The] king… lifted up the head of Jehoiachin (Heb., Jehovah will establish)… and brought him forth out of prison, and spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him… and changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life… every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life" (Jeremiah 52:31-34).  "Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts" (Hebrews 3:7,8). 

As we behold Jehoiachin,
Who from his prison gained release,
Like those who are set free from sin,
We see a portrait of our peace. 

The king, who once had been estranged,   
Now spoke with kindness to him then.
His prison garments which were changed
Portray the grace of God to men. 

Jehoiachin would eat his bread
While seated with the king each day.
We also have a table spread
By Christ our Shepherd in this way! 

Jehoiachin portrays our joy,
O Lord, since we have heard Your voice,
That circumstances can't destroy
As in Your presence we rejoice.  

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