Rejecting God's Prophets

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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 …

A Mixed Verdict

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Chronicles 17-20 Yesterday we saw how Asa relied on the Lord. Yet near the end of his life a prophet said, “Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you. You have done foolishly in this” (16:7,9). Asa was so angry that he threw the prophet in prison. So often in the Old Testament, men who had been strong …

Relying on the Lord

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Chronicles 13-16 This section of Scripture deals with two kings, Abijah and his son Asa. They had this in common: they relied on the Lord (13:18; 14:11). O, that this might be the common bond between us and our children, that we all rely on the Lord our God for all of our needs, physical and spiritual! Abijah was outnumbered by Jeroboam, king of Israel, two to one. But Judah was victorious and the writer makes the …

Division of the Kingdom

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Chronicles 8-12 While the writer of Kings tells of both Solomon’s strengths and weaknesses, the writer of Chronicles only focuses on his strengths. If we are honest with ourselves we must admit that we tend to notice the faults of others more than their good points. Another difference between Kings and Chronicles is that, while Kings keeps shifting back and forth between descriptions of the kings of Israel in the north and those of Judah in the …