What condemnation for the rich and powerful of Judah, who had exploited the poor and the weak to build their fortunes. And it wasn't that the exploiters were just scratching out a meager existence, trying to feed their own families. They were driven by a lust for luxurious living and lost no sleep about bleeding the poor to maintain their own comfort.
And it's probably no surprise that the throne did not make one immune to this materialism sickness: Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? The prophet reminded Jehoiakim that better kings before him had been content to have enough to eat and drink, and were not driven by the hunger for excess.
Are we any different? Does it matter to us where the clothes we wear or the toys we play with are manufactured? And under what conditions? Does getting a shirt for a few dollars less make exploiting God's children okay? Is it okay to say, "My kids are warm and well-fed. I'm not responsibile for other people's kids"?
Why is it the more I have the more I want? How much is enough?