II. THE REIGN OF JEHOIAKIM
The reign of Jehoiakim is recorded in 23:35—24:6.
A. Reigning for Eleven Years
Jehoiakim began to reign in Jerusalem at the age of twenty-five and reigned for eleven years (23:36).
B. Paying to Pharaoh Neco Silver and Gold
Jehoiakim paid to Pharaoh Neco silver and gold which he exacted from the people (v. 35).
C. Doing What Was
Evil in the Eyes of Jehovah
Jehoiakim did what was evil in the eyes of Jehovah, according to all that his fathers did (v. 37).
D. Serving Nebuchadnezzar and
Rebelling against Him
Jehoiakim served Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon for three years and then rebelled against him (24:1).
E. Jehovah Sending the Chaldeans,
Syrians, Moabites, and Ammonites against Judah
Jehovah sent the Chaldeans, Syrians, Moabites, and Ammonites against Judah to destroy it, according to Jehovah’s word spoken through the prophets, and to remove the people out of His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done (vv. 2-4).
F. Sleeping with His Fathers
Jehoiakim slept with his fathers, and his son Jehoiachin reigned in his place (vv. 5-6).
(Life-Study of 1 & 2 Kings, Chapter 22, by Witness Lee)