2 Chronicles 36 is a very sad chapter, as it described the fall of Jerusalem. The previous chapter told the story of Josiah’s obedience and faithfulness, and of the great Passover he celebrated. The kings who followed did not do so well, because they consistently ignored God’s warnings to them through the prophets.
12 But Zedekiah did what was evil in the sight of the Lord his God, and he refused to humble himself when the prophet Jeremiah spoke to him directly from the Lord. 13 He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, even though he had taken an oath of loyalty in God’s name. Zedekiah was a hard and stubborn man, refusing to turn to the Lord, the God of Israel.
14 Likewise, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful. They followed all the pagan practices of the surrounding nations, desecrating the Temple of the Lord that had been consecrated in Jerusalem.
15 The Lord, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple. 16 But the people mocked these messengers of God and despised their words. They scoffed at the prophets until the Lord’s anger could no longer be restrained and nothing could be done.
Likewise the other leaders and the general population did not follow God or worship Him. The last verse quoted here says that the people mocked the prophets.
Are there prophets today who speak God’s word? Do we ignore them or mock them? Are we selective in listening to the ones who make us comfortable?