JEREMIAH 36: It is not us but God who makes things happen
At the beginning of this book, we tried to understand the last five kings of Judah and the exact years of their rule. King Josiah took over from King Amon (who had taken over from King Manasseh-the son of Hezekiah). It is portrayed by the bible and history that Manasseh and Amon had dragged Judah down in matters of worship and when Josiah took over the throne, Judah was already a rotten nation. Josiah who started his reign in 640-609 and ruled for 31 years started his great agenda of reformation in about his eighteenth year of kingship (2 Kings 22) and Jeremiah who began his job in 13th year of this King’s rule became a great part of this reformation. King Josiah was killed by Pharaoh Neco of Egypt and buried home in his ancestor’s tombs (2 Kings 23:29-30) and his son Jehoahaz was appointed by people as the King. However, after only 3 months, this son was dethroned and taken captive by Neco to Egypt where he lived and met his death too. Pharaoh Neco put another Josiah’s son, Eliakim (Jehoiakim), on the throne of Jerusalem and ordered him to pay tribute to Egypt (2 Kings 23:31-35). Jehoiakim ruled for 11 years (609-598 or to 597).