Soul Snack 65/12 ... Left Behind
Not all the inhabitants of Judah were taken into Babylonian captivity. In 586BC King Nebuchadnezzar left the poorest behind.
He (Nebuchadnezzar) carried into exile all Jerusalem: all the officers and fighting men, and all the craftsmen and artisans—a total of ten thousand. Only the poorest people of the land were left. (2 Kings 24:14)
In Babylon God's people learnt the ways of another nation, a Godless nation. They settled into the comfort of those who dishonored their heritage and they forgot about Him. Seduced by a life independent of God, the bright lights of Babylon and a wealth such as the world had not yet known the Israelites were both captured and captivated within their captivity.
Yet sometimes it is superior to be left behind, to be overlooked and maybe even rejected. The poorest seems to come to mind as in fact now be the richest. They had fortunately missed the Jewish assimilation into Babylon. The poor had escaped the corruptions of wealth, the spiritual lethargy of comfort and the indulgent ways of the ancient world. The poor were too insignificant to be of interest to Nebuchadnezzar but REJOICE at insignificance for...
It can be far better to be simple on earth than significant on earth.
Blessed are the poor for they shall escape the corruptions of life.
Today's Soul Snippet:
Even when you are at your worst, God still recalls your best.