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Nebuzaradan

Nebuzaradan was King Nebuchadnezzar's military commander who had charge of the Babylonian forces that destroyed Jerusalem in 586 B.C. (see Ancient Empires - Babylon), and afterward, as the provisional governor, he oversaw the deportation of the prominent people of Judah to Babylon. He however did show unusual mercy toward the prophet Jeremiah, as commanded by Nebuchadnezzar (it was Nebuchadnezzar who later received one of the most amazing prophecies of The Bible, which was interpreted for the king by the prophet Daniel - see Daniel's Statue).

The Fall Of Jerusalem

The Temple The destruction of Jerusalem was near total:

"In the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month - which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon - Nebuzaradan, the captain of the bodyguard, a servant of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. And he burned the house of The Lord (see Temples), and the king's house and all the houses of Jerusalem; every great house he burned down. And all the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down the walls around Jerusalem. And the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babylon, together with the rest of the multitude, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried into exile. But the captain of the guard left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and plowmen."

"And the pillars of bronze that were in the house of The Lord, and the stands and the bronze sea that were in the house of The Lord, the Chaldeans broke in pieces, and carried the bronze to Babylon. And they took away the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the dishes for incense and all the vessels of bronze used in the temple service, the firepans also, and the bowls. What was of gold the captain of the guard took away as gold, and what was of silver, as silver."

"As for the two pillars, the one sea, and the stands, which Solomon had made for the house of The Lord, the bronze of all these vessels was beyond weight. The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and upon it was a capital of bronze; the height of the capital was three cubits; a network and pomegranates, all of bronze, were upon the capital round about. And the second pillar had the like, with the network."

"And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the threshold; and from the city he took an officer who had been in command of the men of war, and five men of the king's council who were found in the city; and the secretary of the commander of the army who mustered the people of the land; and sixty men of the people of the land who were found in the city. And Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was taken into exile out of its land." (2 Kings 25:8-21 RSV)

Jeremiah

The prophet Jeremiah (see Prophets) witnessed the destruction of the city (his book of Lamentations was about the aftermath). While at first taken captive, Jeremiah was later released by Nebuzaradan, who, amazingly, although not a believer in "your God," knew that He was the author of the city's destruction - "The Lord your God pronounced this evil against this place; The Lord has brought it about, and has done as He said. Because you sinned against The Lord, and did not obey His voice, this thing has come upon you." (Jeremiah 40:2-3 RSV) (see Why Babylon?):

"The word that came to Jeremiah from The Lord after Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he took him bound in chains along with all the captives of Jerusalem and Judah who were being exiled to Babylon. The captain of the guard took Jeremiah and said to him, "The Lord your God pronounced this evil against this place; The Lord has brought it about, and has done as He said. Because you sinned against The Lord, and did not obey His voice, this thing has come upon you. Now, behold, I release you today from the chains on your hands. If it seems good to you to come with me to Babylon, come, and I will look after you well; but if it seems wrong to you to come with me to Babylon, do not come. See, the whole land is before you; go wherever you think it good and right to go." (Jeremiah 40:1-4 RSV)

Fact Finder: What major item of the Temple in Jerusalem went (and remains) missing when the city fell to the Babylonians?
See Temple Mount Treasures


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