Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord his God. He did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the Lord. He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God. He stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord, the God of Israel. All the officers of the priests and the people likewise were exceedingly unfaithful, following all the abominations of the nations. And they polluted the house of the Lord that he had made holy in Jerusalem.
The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord rose against his people, until there was no remedy. 2 Chronicles 36:11-16.
Judgment is like death. It is coming. It will arrive. We may be able to postpone it, delay it, buy time, but at some point we must accept it. For those of us who have believed in the one who took our judgment on the cross, death will be a time of passing into glory. For those who refused that gift, death is a terrifying portal to fears unspeakable. And that’s too bad. If you at least speak of it, process it, and consider it, you may think it’s foolish to deny it. After all, what other plan do you have?