The year is 605 BC. King Jehoiakim of Judea has just witnessed the complete defeat of his overlord, Pharaoh Neco’s mighty army at Carchemish. Jerusalem is surrounded by the enemy army, the situation is hopeless, and he capitulates. In addition to agreeing to pay tribute to Babylon, and the surrender of furnishings from the Temple, he has agreed to hand over a number of special hostages: youths from the leading houses of Israel, as a safeguard against future infidelity.
You are one of these young nobles: attractive, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, and quick to understand. Wealthy and talented, you had everything going for you, until today.
Now, you must leave it all behind, your family, your vineyards, your servants, your horses, even your name. You will be entering a new world . . .
“Yet even in those days, declares the LORD, “I will not destroy you completely.” And when the people ask, ‘Why has the LORD our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, ’As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own. (Jer 5:18-19)
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