Too Late

READ : 2 Chronicles 33-34 Manasseh was especially wicked. “He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger” (33:6). In both the Old Testament and the New, we read of God’s love and of His wrath. Many churches today do not mention God’s wrath, thus distorting the biblical message. Sin fills God with righteous indignation. He punishes it with the severity it deserves. When brought into captivity in Assyria, Manasseh repented; and God in His …

Doing Good

READ : 2 Chronicles 29-32 Hezekiah did what was right in the sight of God. He restored temple worship. He renewed the covenant with God. He led the people to worship with joy. He encouraged them to give generously. He reinstated the Passover. He sent missionaries to the Israelites, most of whom mocked the missionaries. When some came to partake of the Passover being ritually unclean but sincere in heart, he prayed for them and they were forgiven. He broke …

Interpreting History

READ : 2 Chronicles 26-28 The biblical writers provide us with reliable historical facts, but that is not their primary interest. They are inspired by the Holy Spirit to interpret history, providing lessons for our instruction. Notice how often the word because is used. “Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the Lord” (27:6). Pekah “slew a hundred and twenty thousand in Judah . . . because they had forsaken the Lord” (28:6). “The Lord brought Judah low …

Rejecting God's Prophets

READ : 2 Chronicles 23-25 Joash did well until Jehoiada, who had influenced him, died. Then he turned away from God. But God was still very concerned about him, sending prophets to bring him and others back. “But they would not give heed” (24:19). When Zechariah, filled with the Spirit of God, spoke prophetically, they stoned him to death. As a result, God caused the Syrians to defeat Joash even though they had a smaller army. Joash was then murdered …

Influenced by Family Members

READ : 2 Chronicles 21-22 The Bible emphasizes the importance of the family. It says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Our faith has a tremendous influence upon others, especially those who live in the same home. Many are saved through the influence of parents. We can set a good or a bad example for others in our family. Our Scripture today tells about two kings, both of whom were influenced …