Exile

<<deportation>>

It is being captured and taken away from one’s country, such as when the Jews were forcibly taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. They experienced several deportations between 607-586 BC as recorded in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles. God used Babylon as His agent of judgement against Israel for their sins of rebellion and idolatry. Jerusalem was attacked and left in ruins with many killed and thousands taken captive, including Daniel and the other young men who were later thrown into the furnace (Dan 1:1-8). After 70 years of exile, the Jews were permitted to return and rebuild the city and temple under the direction of Ezra and Nehemiah. In 70 AD the Romans again exiled the Jews. 

These dramatic events demonstrate God’s faithfulness to His people and judgement of sin.

See also: slave.


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