Now it came about in the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, that Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the year that he became king, released Jehoiachin king of Judah from prison; and he spoke kindly to him and set his throne above the throne of the kings who were with him in Babylon. Jehoiachin changed his prison clothes and had his meals in the king’s presence regularly all the days of his life; and for his allowance, a regular allowance was given him by the king, a portion for each day, all the days of his life.” 2 Kings 25:27-30
You’ve got to love the king of Babylon’s name – Evil-merodach! Who would give their son that name? King Nebuchadnezzar did! He was his son and reigned only two years until he was murdered by his brother-in-law. There is an indication that he might have known the Lord. He certainly had his good moments, and this was one of them. This account is one of those times where he acted like our Savior. In his first year in office, he released Jehoiachin from prison after almost 38 years. He spoke kindly to him, honored him, gave him an allowance, and they had meals together regularly.
What a beautiful picture of what Jesus did for us! He released us from prison (sin & judgement), spoke kindly to us because He loved us, and made us kings and priests! He changed our clothes and gave us robes of righteousness – Christ’s righteousness! Now we live in His presence all the days of our life – here on earth and with Him in heaven! Follow the example of the Babylonian king by giving grace to those imprisoned by sin and show them Christ’s love and salvation.