SAR-SEKIM THE BABYLONIAN

SAR-SEKIM THE BABYLONIAN
October 22nd, 2009 by Frank Walton

Recently translated Babylonian tablet (595 BC) naming Sar-sekim as “chief eunuch” of King Nebuchezzar
“…Recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes” (Dan 4:32).

Jerusalem was captured by King Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian army in 586 BC (Jer 39:1-2). The unpopular prophetic warnings of Jeremiah, mocked by the Judean Jews, had come true. His ministry was vindicated by God’s control of history for His redemptive purposes (Jer 1:10).
“Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came in and sat down at the Middle Gate: Nergal-sar-ezer, Samgar-nebu, Sar-sekim the Rab-saris, Nergal-sar-ezer the Rab-mag, and all the rest of the officials of the king of Babylon” (Jer 39:3). “Nergal-sar-ezer” means “king Neriglissar” who was the son-in-law of King Nebuchadnezzar, who later reigned over Babylon’s world empire in 560-556 BC.

It is quite interesting that the Babylonian official, “Sar-sekim,” has been recently discovered in an extra-Biblical text that was translated in 2007 from Babylonian tablets in the British Museum. This character’s historicity is validated in this 595 BC tablet naming him as the “chief eunuch” of King Nebuchadnezzar.

The scholar who translated this said, “These officials are mentioned very rarely in these sources…[It] is quite extraordinary.” The Bible is the historically accurate record of God’s intervention in time and space to accomplish His plan of salvation.

Remember that the Babylonians, as world rulers, captured and entered Jerusalem only because God allowed it! God said of the Babylonians, “I will gather them into the center of this city” (Jer 21:4). God gave the city “over to the hand of the Chaldeans” (Jer 22:25, cf. 32:28). God decreed the Jews would serve the king of Babylon seventy years (Jer 25:11), so a purified remnant would emerge to bring the Messiah into the world.

God still oversees history! With massive political changes, economic problems, and world turmoil, we can trust that God is in full control of the universe. Governments rise and fall, but God still has His all-knowing, all-wise, all-powerful Hand in it all. “Recognize that it is heaven that rules” (Dan 4:26).

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