Rebuilding

READ : Ezra 1-4 The first verses in Ezra are the same as the last verses in 2 Chronicles, making it clear that this is a continuation of the story. Ezra tells us of the return of the Jews from exile to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. The church needs constantly to be rebuilt, to be reformed anew according to the Word of God, so there are lessons to be learned here. Renewal requires dedicated people. Many Jews had prospered …

The End, But

READ : 2 Chronicles 35-36 Because of his godliness, Josiah had been promised that the punishment which would come upon Judah would not come in his day. He died. But after his son had reigned only three months, he was deposed by the king of Egypt. The next king, Jehoiakim, did evil in God’s sight and was taken into exile in Babylon. Jehoichin, his son, reigned only three months. Having done evil in God’s sight, he also was taken into …

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 …