CHILDLESS BUT RESTORED
Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?
O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.
Here is a passionate, profound and prophetic verdict on King Coniah (also known as Jechoniah or Jehoiachin) of Judah. He was ruled CHILDLESS. This is not just a scary, mind-boggling curse but an instructive and stern warning for us today.
King Coniah was a reckless, ungodly spoilt brat whose reign was short-lived. He abused the throne and its privileges. He was later deposed, exiled and imprisoned in Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 24:8-15). God’s wrath, judgment and curse came upon the young wicked Coniah, despite the fact that he was a descendant of David whom the Lord loved. A curse is the direct opposite of a blessing.
The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
‘House’ in this context is family or household, not a building. It’s even more pathetic that the curse came, not only upon Coniah, but also upon his seed (descendants). He was truly married with children, but here reckoned childless/barren in the sight of God. He had children that would not prosper (by having the royal heritage of David). His children were alive but dead, living but not alive; BARRED from fulfilling the glorious destiny and heritage of Davidic Dynasty. What a huge loss!
A Profound Lesson
Parents have an inadvertent capacity to pave the way for their kids to either succeed or fail in life. The impact of our attitude and lifestyles today will tell on our seed.
Moreover, Coniah who never wished for all he got actually thought that he could get away with the atrocities of his youth. His reign was rather short-lived, his capacity was decimated; his potential was truncated and he had to spend a significant part of his days as a prisoner until when the Lord showed him mercy – he was released from the prison in exile. He actually spent 37 years of his precious life as a miserable prisoner.
Restored At Last!
2 Kings 25:27-30
And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the year that he began to reign did lift up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah out of prison;
And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;
And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread continually before him all the days of his life.
And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.
His Restoration Scenario
1. God sent him a saviour when hope was no moee in sight. The saviour’s name sounded like ‘Evil..’ Help came to Coniah from an unlikely source at an unlikely time. God does the impossible and incredible.
2. The saviour brought him out of prison
3. The saviour spoke kind words of comfort to him.
4. He set his throne above those of other captive kings in Babylon.
5. He changed his prison garments to garments of honour.
6. He began to feed him with royal delicacies on the king’s table
7. He was given daily allowances of blessings from the king for the rest of his life (life pension).
God changed the story of a hopeless, unworthy Coniah. He is able to do wonders in your own life too. He will change your garments and lift you up. His wrath shall be taken away from your head; His blessings shall come upon your head henceforth. Make room for God in your life and watch your lifestyle, so as to not be a clog in the wheel of your seed (descendants).