Among the many, many things I did not know about the Bible and Biblical history is this interesting, stirring fact: part of Israel was re-subjugated to Egypt during the time of Judah’s kings and prophets, namely Josiah and Jeremiah. Please excuse my ignorance (I must’ve missed that somehow in Bible class), and then pause for a moment to ponder the utter devastation that event must have meant for the people. For an ancient Hebrew, oh-so-aware of the prior Egyptian slavery and the famed exodus from it, surely the depression would have been dark and abiding. The very thought of ever again being subservient to a pharoah! And yet it happened.
Whatever could such a move of God mean?
What could YHVH, the great, delivering God of Israel, possibly have had in His almighty mind in letting this happen?
Whatever the particular lessons the people were to learn in their new bout with Egypt, and in the succeeding time as deportees to Babylon, one thing seems clear: it is futile to place one’s faith in an earthly kingdom, including but not limited to the human kings and physical kingdoms of Israel.
I commend applying that truth universally. In other words, it is not only appropriate to consider ancient Israel with this in mind, but also, every other geopolitical scenario in every other era should be considered with the sovereignty of God (not human rulers) in mind. Do you harbor any present trust or distrust related to current government(s)? Do you entertain future hopes of a physical kingdom in Israel? Thoughts such as these must also be tempered by the reality that the Kingdom of God is, and has always been, principally a spiritual reality.