After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.
Matthew 1 : 12 – 17
The Babylonian Exile brought the settled way of life in Israel to an end. Traditions passed down from one generation to the next were no longer viable. The temple was destroyed, Jerusalem was practically a ruin. Yet in the midst of that, life went on and new rhythms of life developed. Then decades afterwards the exiles were allowed to return to rebuild the nation. They did not pick up the pieces and just carry on as usual because they brought with them all the new traditions that had been formed. Zerubbabel was the first governor of the restored nation and as he looked out on a ruined country he worked tirelessly to rebuild the temple and to bring some order back to society.
Prayer: Father help me not to just fall back into old habits but to discern what old things you want me to let go and what new things you want me to pick up. Give me the wisdom to spot the difference between them.
Action: Think about what changes have been beneficial through this time and how you might continue them once lockdown is lifted. Think as well of things that might best be left behind and not carried forward.