2 Chronicles Commentaries

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SECOND CHRONICLES
The Kingdom of Israel
From Splendor to Disaster
Splendor Disaster
King Solomon
of Judah
2 Chronicles 1-9
Successive Kings
of Judah
2Chr 10-36
Kingdom
United
Kingdom
Divided
2Chr 10:1-19
Rulers of the Southern
Kingdom of Judah
After the Split
The Exile
of Judah
2Chr 36:17-23
Inaugural

2Chr 1:1-17
Solomon's
Temple
2Chr 2:1-7:22
Solomon's
Glory
2Chr 8:1-9:31
 
Building
of the Temple
Decline & Destruction
of the Temple
Temple
Destroyed
~40 Years ~393 Years

Four Reformations: 2Chr 15, 17-20 - Under Asa, 2Chr 23:1-24:16 = Under Joash, 2Chr 29:1-32:32 = Under Hezekiah

Notable Verses:

Prediction of length of captivity = 2Chr 36:20-21 (70 Years)

Prayer for revival = 2Chr 7:13-14 "If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Blessing of Jehovah: 2Chr 16:9 "For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely (wholly) His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars."

John Piper on 2Chr 16:9: God is not a scout looking for the first draft choices to help His team win. He is an unstoppable fullback ready to take the ball and run touchdowns for anyone who trusts Him to win the game. (From Brothers We are Not Professionals)… God is not looking for people to work for Him, so much as He is looking for people who will let Him work for them. The gospel is not a help-wanted ad. Neither is the call to Christian service. On the contrary, the gospel commands us to give up and hang out a help-wanted sign (this is the basic meaning of prayer). Then the gospel promises that God will work for us if we do. He will not surrender the glory of being the Giver. (From Desiring God)… God is working for us around the clock. He does not take days off, and he does not sleep. In fact, he is so eager to work for us that he goes around looking for more work to do for people who will trust Him (from A Godward Life)

John Piper on "whole" in 2Chr 16:9: The Hebrew word shalēm (be whole, perfect, complete) does not mean that you have to be sinlessly perfect for God to do you good. The Old Testament shows God doing good to people who have gotten themselves into terrible trouble because of their own sin. See especially Psalm 107:10–13. The point of saying that our hearts need to be “whole” toward God is that we can’t be divided in our allegiance. God has to be our only God. We can’t look partly to God but, doubting Him, look partly to another source of help. (Ed: See study of Jehovah Ezer: The LORD our Helper) The point seems to be the same as in James 1:5–6 and Matthew 6:24. The Lord is on the prowl to bless people who despair of themselves and look wholly to Him for the help they need. (From The pleasures of God : Meditations on God's delight in being God)

John Trapp: To show himself strong.] Or, To lay strong hold on them, and to add strength to them, that they may do exploits. (Ed: Do you desire to "do exploits" for Jehovah? This passage is surely key! In the NT, His indwelling Spirit will strengthen us with "enabling power.")

F B Meyer Comment on 2 Chronicles 16:9: The emphasis is clearly on the word perfect. That was the point between Hanani the seer, and Asa the king. Asa's mistake and sin lay in his resorting to Benhadad, king of Syria, as an ally against Baasha. Evidently he did not perfectly trust the delivering power of God; and in this failure of his faith, he forfeited the all-sufficient help which would have more than availed. As the seer said very truly, simple trust in God had brought deliverance from the Ethiopians and Lubim, though they were a much huger host than Baasha's; and the same attitude in respect of Baasha would have secured a like result. God was only awaiting the appeal of Asa's faith, to show Himself strong. What a mistake to send to Syria! Now, dear reader, this is very pertinent for your life and mine. We often complain that we are. bereft of help, and send off for Benhadad. And all the while the eyes of the Lord are looking pitifully and longingly at us. Nothing would give Him greater pleasure than to show Himself strong on our behalf. This, however, He cannot do until renouncing all other confidants and helpers, our heart is perfect in the simplicity and frankness of its faith. What an exquisite thought is suggested by the allusion to the eyes of the Lord running to and fro throughout the whole earth. At a glance He takes in our position; not a sorrow, trial, or temptation visits us without exciting His notice and loving sympathy. In all the whole wide earth there is not one spot so lonely, one heart so darkened, as to escape those eyes. Oh for the perfect confidence which will allow Him to act! It is for lack of this that we remain unhelped, and spend our days in the midst of wars and tumults.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary on 2Chr 16:9: What a lovely account of the divine prescience and knowledge is here given of our God. His eyes, not barely looking on, but running through the earth. And this, not to inform himself, but to convince his people, how near at hand he is to their deliverance. Blessed Jesus! grant that I may never lose sight of this precious truth. Surely, dear Lord, if thou art looking on, well may I be confident in thee and in thy strength. But what a melancholy thought it is when past experiences of the Lord's goodness are not found sufficient with our unbelieving hearts to beget an hearty, firm, and unshaken reliance. What a beautiful contrast to this conduct of Asa was that of Samuel between Mizpeh and Shem, when he set up his Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto the Lord hath helped us. 1Sa 7:12. And cannot you and I, Reader, set up our hitherto. And if our present Ebenezer depend upon it we shall never, except from the unbelief of our hearts, say with truth, the Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Isa 49:14.

Albert Barnes: As peace had been the reward of Asa’s earlier faith 2Ch 14:5; 2Ch 15:5, so his want of faith was now to be punished by a period of war and disturbance. (Beloved, can we not see the application to our lives?)

Thomas Constable: 2Chr 16:9 is especially noteworthy (cf. Zech. 4:10). No problem can arise for God’s people of which He is not aware and out of which He cannot deliver them if they commit themselves to Him fully (cf. Rom. 8:32).

Tony Evans Comments: God must have your fully committed heart. He doesn’t want you to be divided. He doesn’t want you committed to Him on Sunday and to the world on Monday. He doesn’t want you to be two-timing Him… Think about it. God is trying to find someone to show His power through.

Illustration: In 1Sa 14:1-15 God saw the Israelite soldiers cowering in fear before the Philistine invaders. He must not have liked what He saw. But He didn't step in to help the Israelites -- until Jonathan and his armor bearer took daring action. God also saw the people in a mountain area of Haiti, in the early 1940s, who were living in poverty and spiritual bondage and voodooism. He didn't like what He saw. But He didn't intervene until Wallace Turnbull started living and working among them. Wallace taught them to farm more efficiently and to read and write. He treated their diseases. And he told them about Jesus. As a result of his initial work, thousands of people in that area have become Christians. Over 40,000 children are being given a Christian education. These results came because God unleashed His power and blessed the efforts of Wallace and those who helped him. God often unleashes His power through His people.

Map: Maximum Extent of Israel Under King David & King Solomon

Interesting "Bookends": First verse = 2Chr 1:1 "The LORD his God was with him" (Solomon) <> Last verse = 2Chr 36:23 "may the LORD his God be with him (the one who leads return from exile)" (King Cyrus speaking)

Key Phrase: Seek the LORD - 2Chr 12:14, 14:14, 15:12, 13, 16:12, 20:3, 4

TIMELINE OF THE BOOKS OF
SAMUEL, KINGS & CHRONICLES

1107

1011

971

931

853

722

586

1Samuel 2 Samuel 1Kings 1Kings 2 Kings

31

1-4 5-10 11-20 21-24 1-11 12-22 1-17 18-25

1 Chronicles 10

 

  1Chr
11-19
  1Chr
20-29

2 Chronicles
1-9

2 Chronicles
10-20

2 Chronicles
21-36

Legend: B.C. dates at top of timeline are approximate. Note that 931BC marks the division of the Kingdom into Southern Tribes (Judah and Benjamin) and Ten Northern Tribes. To avoid confusion be aware that after the division of the Kingdom in 931BC, the Southern Kingdom is most often designated in Scripture as "Judah" and the Northern Kingdom as "Israel." Finally, note that 1 Chronicles 1-9 is not identified on the timeline because these chapters are records of genealogy.

1 Chronicles covers the same period of time as 2 Samuel and both describe the reign of David (See the Timeline above) whereas 2 Chronicles covers the same period of time as 1 Kings and 2 Kings and both describe the time from Solomon to the Babylonian Captivity. In Chronicles the kings of Israel (See table below where Jeroboam I identifies first of the kings of the 10 Northern tribes) are not mentioned unless they do something that relates to the kings of Judah. Note that the word "chronicle" means "a continuous and detailed account of historical events arranged in order of time." In First and Second Chronicles God has given us a very accurate history so that we can know all that He wants us to know about the period of the kings.

W A Criswell writes that Chronicles was…

Originally entitled "the words of the days" (divre hayyamim, Heb.), meaning "journals" (cf. 27:24), and compiled as a single book. 1 and 2 Chronicles were separated by the translators of the Septuagint circa 180 B.C. and named "things omitted" (paraleipomena, Gk.), to indicate that they contain things omitted from the Books of Samuel and Kings. Although the author and date are not stated, the Talmudic tradition that the Chronicles were penned by Ezra may be correct. Nevertheless, it is customary to speak of the author simply as "the chronicler." Written from a priestly perspective, the main emphasis centers on the temple in Jerusalem, the Levitical priesthood, and the theocratic lineage of David. The genealogies and narrative of 1 Chronicles span the period from Adam to the end of the life of David. Second Chronicles recounts the downfall of the Davidic dynasty from Solomon to the Exile. Chronicles mentions the northern kingdom (Israel) only incidentally and contains the most complete statistical lists found in the entire Bible. The final verses of Chronicles (2Chr. 36:22, 23) are repeated in Ezra 1:1-3. The style, substance, and thrust of the Chronicles are carried on through Ezra and Nehemiah. Many believe Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah had the same author. If not, the latter two still serve as a fitting sequel. Chronicles follows the people of God into Exile; Ezra and Nehemiah follow them out of Exile and prepare Israel for the coming of the Messiah.

The Chronicles were written to the returned remnant who were rebuilding Jerusalem following their seventy-year Babylonian captivity. The history of the Southern Kingdom (Judah) is presented in such a way as to help restore its religious and national heritage by showing its unbroken connection with the patriarchal beginnings. The primary historical theme centers about the priestly worship of Judah, from the time of Saul until the return of the Jewish nation to the land following the decree of Cyrus (538 B.C.). This religious history depicts the faithfulness and promises of God to His people, the power of the Word of God, and the central role of worship in the lives of God's people. In order to underscore these elements, the genealogies point to the forthcoming Messiah and are completed by those recorded in the New Testament (cf. Matt. 1:1-16; Luke 3:23-38).

Myer Pearlman writes..

Though "Kings" and "Chronicles" show great similarity in the matter of their contents, they are written from different viewpoints, the former being written from the human viewpoint, the latter, from the Divine. To illustrate:

1Kings 14:20 recording the death of Jeroboam, tells us that he "slept with his fathers." That is the human viewpoint.

2 Chronicles 13:20, recording the same event, tells us that "the Lord struck him and he died." That is the divine viewpoint.

Dr. A. T. Pierson:

While much contained in the Books of Kings is repeated or restated in the Chronicles, much is omitted because foreign to the author's purpose. But whatever bears on the temple, its preservation and restoration, the purity of its worship, the regularity and orderliness of its services; whatever makes idolatrous rites or relics hateful, or lifts God to His true throne in the hearts of the people, is here emphasized.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN
KINGS & CHRONICLES
SAMUEL &
KINGS
FIRST & SECOND
CHRONICLES
Prophetic Perspective:
Message of Judgment
Priestly Perspective:
Message of hope
Prophetic authorship:
Emphasizes the prophetic ministry
and moral concerns
Priestly authorship:
Emphasizes the priestly ministry
and spiritual concerns
The Fortunes
of the Thrones
Continuity
of the Davidic line
More Negative:
Rebellion & Tragedy
More Positive:
Apostasy, but hope in face of tragedy
Record of both
Israel and Judah
Record primarily
of Judah
Man's Failings God's Faithfulness
Morality Redemption
Emphasizes the throne
of earthly kings
Earthly throne (temple)
of the heavenly King
Emphasizes Kings
and Prophets
Emphasizes the Temple
and the Priests
Political
and kingly
Religious
and priestly
Compiled by authors
soon after the events
Compiled by by a priest:
Ezra many years after the events
Written shortly after the
beginning of the captivity in Babylon
Written shortly after
the return from the captivity

Adapted Wilkinson's Talk thru the Bible & Jensen's Survey of the OT

CHRIST IN 2 CHRONICLES
A M Hodgkin
Christ in All the Scriptures - Contents

2 Chronicles --

The Building of the Temple. [2Chr 2 - 4]

Solomon sent to Hiram, King of Tyre, for his help in building theTemple, in supplying both materials and workmen skilled in all manner of cunning work.

To raise the surrounding ground to a level with the threshing-floor on the summit, Solomon constructed a stupendous foundation platform--- raised high above the valley beneath-- of great hewed stones of white marble, polished and costly. When our Lord said that there should not be be left one stone upon another that should not be thrown down [Mat 24:1,2], He was not speaking of the foundations underneath, but of the stones composing the Temple of Herod, built upon it. The foundation was built into the solid rock, a picture of the Rock of Ages, the foundation of God which standeth sure and which nothing can shake [1Sam 2:2; 2Sam 22:2,3; 2Tim 2:19]. That the whole of the Temple-- like the Tabernacle-- in its ministry, its furniture, and its services, is typical of Christ and His great work of man's redemption, must be admitted by all who accept the inspiration of the Epistle to the Hebrews, which so clearly links together the Old and New Covenants, and shows them to be essentially one in their teaching. (Ed: See caveats regarding Typology - Study of Biblical types)

We read of the heavenly City: ''I saw no Temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple of it'' [Rev 21:22]. And because it represents His work in redemption, His redeemed people also are included in the type. It is the consummation of God's work through all the ages: Himself and all His people united in glory. Some of the foundation stones are from twenty to thirty feet in length, and fitted so closely together that even a pen-knife cannot be inserted between them. On some of these the Palestinian Exploration Society found the quarry-marks in vermilion, to show where the stones would be placed, for we read that ''the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer, nor axe, nor any tool of iron, heard in the house while it was in building'' (1Kings 6:7). All true believers, in all ages, are living stones of that heavenly Temple [1Pet 2:5], and God is preparing them in His quarry down here, amid the noise and tumult of earth, each for its place in His Temple above. Rugged and shapeless are the stones to begin with, no wonder that the blows of the hammer fall heavily, that the chisel is sharp, and the polishing severe, before the stones are ready. But ''oh for more moldings of the Hand that works a change so vast!''

Every part of the Temple must be full of spiritual teaching, for David told Solomon that God had given him the pattern of it by the Spirit. It was a building of surpassing magnificence, and shone a mass of burnished gold beneath the splendor of the Eastern sky.

The Temple Filled with Glory. [2Chr 5:1-14]

When the work of the house of the Lord was finished, Solomon assembled all the elders of Israel to bring up the Ark of the Lord out of Zion, the city of David. Then ''the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.''

What a picture is here of the Holy Spirit coming to fill the heart which has been prepared for His coming, the heart cleansed by the precious blood of Christ and surrendered to him, and thus made fit to become a temple of the Holy Ghost (1Cor 6:19). (Ed: See caveats regarding Typology - Study of Biblical types)

Solomon's Prayer. [2Chr 6:1-42]

Then follows Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple-- a prayer which well repays careful study. It is based on the promises of God, as all prayer should be. He speaks of every man knowing the plague of his own heart, and then goes on to the deeper thought that only God knows the hearts of all the children of men (1Kings 8:38,39). In confessing our sin to God, what a rest it is to know that He knows all the worst about us, better even than we know it ourselves. ''If our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.'' He can discriminate when we cannot, whether the condemnation we feel is the conviction of His Spirit, or only the false accusation of the enemy. And as we wait upon Him, if all is well He will give us His peace. ''Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God'' (1John 3:20,21).

In his prayer, Solomon mentions six varied vicissitudes of human life, and asks that if the people repent and pray, looking toward that house which he had built, that God would hear in His dwelling-place and give His answer. This, Solomon proposed to Jehovah, as a covenant, and God replied with fire as the seal of His sanction. To understand this, it must be remembered that, throughout the East to this day, all worshippers pray looking towards their sanctuary, whether it be the Mohammedans towards Mecca, or those who pray to the saints at the various makoams. Solomon desires from God that: that which was falsely believed, of all the idol temples around, might be true in the case of Jehovah's Temple. But more than this-- the Temple in every part of it was a type of the person and work of the Lord Christ and of His relations with His people; everywhere it sets forth Christ-- in the sacrifices, in the Passover, in the High Priest, in everything. Therefore, though Solomon could not have known it, in the spirit of prophecy he is asking that those who look to Jesus, in drawing near to the Father, may be answered. It was only to say in symbol what the Master says in set words, ''Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name He will give it you'' [John 15:16].

In our study of 1 & 2 Kings, we saw the disaster in which Solomon's reign closed, and the division of the kingdom.

Even as early as in the reign of his son Rehoboam, ''Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the Lord'' (2Chr 12:9). How soon was this beautiful Temple desolated! Later, even some of the kings robbed it to ward off an enemy.

Bright Spots.

During the long time of departure from God which followed, we find, here and there, a king who stood forth for God and for His worship.

To Asa [2Chr 15:1-19], God sent a message by Azariah the prophet, the son of Oded, and when Asa heard his words ''he took courage, and put away all the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin.'' And he removed his mother from being queen because she had made an idol in a grove, and he made a covenant with the Lord, and enriched the house of God with gold and silver.

Jehoshaphat, his son, sent Levites throughout all the cities of Judah to teach the book of the Law of the Lord-- a proof that Israel possessed the Law at this time [2Chr 17:1-19]. The account of Jehoshaphat's victory over the Ammonites and Moabites [2Chr 20:1-37] is one of the greatest encouragements to a simple reliance on God in the face of insurmountable difficulties. ''Be not afraid… the battle is not yours, but God's… Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord.'' ''And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments,'' and their enemies were scattered.

Failure.

Then followed the evil reigns of Jehoshaphat's son, Jehoram [2Chr 21:1-20], and his grandson, Ahaziah [2Chr 22:1-12]. After Ahaziah had been slain by Jehu, his wicked mother, Athaliah, ''destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.'' But Joash, the little son of Ahaziah, was saved, and he was hidden in the Temple six years. Then Jehoiada the priest brought him out and made him king, and Athaliah was slain [2Chr 23:1-21]. Under the influence of Jehoiada, Joash repaired the Temple, which Athaliah had broken up to bestow the dedicated things upon Baalim. But after the death of Jehoiada, Joash lapsed into idolatry, and, at the instigation of the princes of Judah, he slew Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada, who was sent to rebuke him [2Chr 24:1-27].

His grandson, Uzziah, sinned against the Lord in burning incense in the Temple, and in punishment for this he became a leper till the day of his death [2Chr 26:1-23].

Uzziah's great-grandson, Hezekiah, ''opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them.'' And he cleansed the Temple, and commanded the priests and Levites to sanctify themselves, and he offered sacrifices and kept the Passover, ''so there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since the time of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel, there was not like it in Jerusalem'' [2Chr 29:1-36, 2Chr 30:1-27].

Hezekiah's great-grandson, Josiah, carried out similar reforms [2Chr 34]. He purged Jerusalem from its idolatries, and repaired the house of the Lord. It was during this work of repair that Hilkiah, the priest, found in the Temple the book of the Law of the Lord given by Moses, and sent it by Shaphan the scribe to the king, and Shaphan read it before the king. When Josiah heard the words of the Law, he rent his clothes in grief over this neglected Law which they had failed to keep. He sent to inquire of the Lord; and Huldah, the prophetess, told him of the evil that should come on Jerusalem and the inhabitants; but because Josiah had humbled himself, the evil should not come in his day.

The young king stood by a pillar in the Temple and made a covenant with the Lord, and he kept the Passover [2Chr 35:1-27]. ''And there was no Passover like to that kept in Israel, from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a Passover as Josiah kept'' (2Chr 35:18).

Captivity.

But troublous times followed this good reign. God sent His messengers to the people, but they mocked and despised them, ''until the wrath of the Lord rose against His people, till there was no remedy. Therefore He brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of the sanctuary, and carried the vessels of the house of the Lord to Babylon, and burnt the house of the Lord, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces. And them that had escaped the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and to his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia'' [ch. 36].

THE OLD TESTAMENT
Reflections of Christ
Paul R. Van Gorder

2 CHRONICLES

This book, a continuation of the story of 1 Chronicles, is confined to the story of the house of David. The emphasis is upon the religious history of David's successors rather than the political occurrences, and it covers a period of more than 400 years. The history focuses upon the temple, beginning with the ascension of Solomon to the throne, and ending with desolation and the captivity. In typological teaching, a considerable portion of the book sets forth the millennial reign of Christ on the earth. In this connection, we read of silver, atonement money, and also of the altar and veil.

OUTLINE OF THE BOOK--

The Reign of Solomon (2 Chronicles 1-9)

Since nothing is said in 2 Chronicles of Solomon's sensuality, sin, and failure, his reign is a picture of the glorious rule of David's greater Son, the Lord Jesus, in the millennial kingdom.

The Rebellion of the Ten Tribes (2 Chronicles 10)

After Solomon died, his son Rehoboam ascended the throne. A series of foolish decisions led to the dividing of the kingdom. The reuniting of Judah and Israel will take place when Israel is restored. (See Isaiah 11:10-13; Jeremiah 23:5,6; and Ezekiel 37:15-28.)

The Kings of Judah (2 Chronicles 11-36)

The period from Solomon to the Babylonian captivity was characterized by moral declension and apostasy, except for five revivals. It is noteworthy that each of these revivals began at the house of God and with the Word of God. They are:

Asa's renewal of the altar (2 Chronicles 15). The place of sacrifice had fallen into disuse during Asa's father's reign. The word of the Lord through Obed stirred him to restore it.

Jehoshaphat's establishment of missions (2 Chronicles 17).

This suggests that the Word of God was not known throughout the kingdom.

Joash's repair of the temple for worship (2 Chronicles 23,24).

The place of worship had become dilapidated by misuse and disuse.

Hezekiah's opening of the temple for worship (2 Chronicles29-31).

God's house had been closed under wicked king Ahaz.

Josiah's discovery of the ''book of the law'' (2 Chronicles 34,35). This demonstrates how sad the spiritual condition of Judah was at that time. The Word of God had been lost in a closed and mutilated temple. It was forgotten until uncovered during repairs.

The Captivity (2 Chronicles 36:15-23).

Sporadic, temporary revivals do not hold the people for God. The patience of God with His people at last came to an end. The book begins with the splendor of Solomon, and closes with the devastating captivity of Israel. This illustrates that the very best that man can achieve in his own strength is doomed to failure.

SOME BRIGHT SPOTS--

The revivals were encouraging interludes in Judah's history, and one of these is reported in chapter 34. Josiah longed for fellowship with God. He was not particularly following David's example, or Hezekiah's, but he sought ''the God of David.'' As a result of this choice, there were four years of silence, study, devotion and prayer. The law of cause and effect was at work here. The nearer he got to God, the more his eyes were opened to the idolatry of Judah. When Isaiah saw the Lord, he said, ''Send me'' (Isa 6:8). Likewise, after Josiah found God, he was willing to work for the Lord.

While cleaning the temple, the workmen made a remarkable discovery. They found a copy of the Law of Moses that had been lost right in the temple! This was the very place [where] it was supposed to be displayed and read. When the Bible is neglected, idolatry of some form always develops.

When the sacred writings were read in the presence of Josiah, he tore his clothes in conviction of sin. He then initiated sweeping reforms throughout the kingdom. The worship of God, including the celebration of the Passover, was resumed.

Illumination comes through recognition of duty and [through] obedience to God. ''I being in the way, the Lord led me… '' (Gen 24:27). God revealed, to Josiah, the coming judgment upon Judah (2Chr 34:24-28). The only remedy for apostasy is judgment.

MESSIANIC NOTE--

Speaking of Himself, our Lord said to the scribes and Pharisees, ''Behold, a greater than Solomon is here'' (Mat 12:42). The coming earthly reign of the Lord Jesus Christ will far outshine the riches and glory of Solomon's day.

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A CRITICAL AND EXEGETICAL COMMENTARY
ON 2 CHRONICLES
Edward L Curtis, Albert A Madsen
From International Critical Commentary Series
1910

Caveat - Higher Criticism is the art of seeing literature exactly as it is and of estimating it accordingly. It becomes negative criticism, often described as "the historical-critical method," when it assumes the right to pass rationalistic judgment on Scripture's own claims about its composition and historicity. Such a method necessarily presupposes that the Bible's claims are not inerrant. It thus disqualifies itself as truly scientific criticism, sine it refuses to view the object being analyzed according to its proper (divine) character. (There are) present-day attempts by negative critics to infiltrate evangelicalism with views that subordinate the authority of Christ and of Scripture to the judgments of men." From "Higher Criticism" edited by Norman Geisler - Some Pages Missing but still worth reading.

COMMENTARY ON 2 CHRONICLES
CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY ON THE WHOLE BIBLE
ROBERT JAMIESON, A. R. FAUSSET AND DAVID BROWN.

Published 1871 - One of the Better Older Commentaries. Tends to be more conservative and literal. Avoids spiritualizing.

Spurgeon's Comment: "Of this I have a very high opinion. It is the joint work of Mr. Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and Dr. David Brown. It is to some extent a compilation and condensation of other men’s thoughts, but it is sufficiently original to claim a place in every minister’s library; indeed it contains so great a variety of information that if a man had no other exposition he would find himself at no great loss if he possessed this and used it diligently."

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2 Chronicles
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2 Chronicles

JOHN ELLICOTT
Old Testament Commentary
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2 Chronicles

These appear to be fairly good notes and need no knowledge of Hebrew to use.

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2 Chronicles
W H Bennett

Warren W. Wiersbe - If you can locate the six-volume edition of the Expositor’s Bible, buy it immediately! It takes up less space than the original fifty-volume set, and not everything in the original set is worth owning. Samuel H. Kellogg on Leviticus is a classic; so is Alexander Maclaren on the Psalms and on Colossians. (A Basic Library for Bible Students)

Cyril J. Barber - This set, originally published in 1903, contains expositions by both conservative and liberal theologians. The most important works are by Dod (Genesis), Chadwick (Exodus and Mark), Kellogg (Leviticus), Blaikie (Joshua, I and II Samuel), Adeney (Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther), Maclaren (Psalms), Moule (Romans), Findlay (Galatians and Ephesians), Plummer (Pastoral Epistles and the Epistles of James and Jude), and Milligan (Revelation.) (The Minister’s Library)

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2 Chronicles 20:1-13 Never Act in Panic

The great preacher F. B. Meyer gave some sound advice on what to do in a crisis. He wrote, “Never act in panic, nor allow man to dictate to you; calm yourself and be still; force yourself into the quiet of your closet until the pulse beats normally and the ‘scare’ has ceased to disturb. When you are most eager to act is the time when you will make the most pitiable mistakes. Do not say in your heart what you will or will not do, but wait upon God until He makes known His way. So long as that way is hidden, it is clear that there is no need of action, and that He accounts Himself responsible for all results of keeping you where you are.”

Our Daily Bread, H. G. Bosch, Tuesday, January 12

2 Chronicles 20:19 Don’t Drown in a Mud Puddle

A saintly Christian man who was talking about the spiritual dimension of life said, “If you’re going to drown, don’t do it in a mud puddle.” He simply meant that he could understand why a person would struggle with his faith as a result of going through unusually deep waters of pain or grief. But he considered it utterly absurd that a believer would allow his testimony to be marred and his service rendered useless because of resentment over a small hurt or an ordinary disappointment.

In our text for today, King Uzziah let pride and envy cause him to break God’s clearly prescribed law regarding worship. He apparently resented the fact that he as king could not perform the task assigned to the high priest. So with presumption he intruded into the sanctuary, and God afflicted him with leprosy. After about 50 years of excellent rule, he had “drowned in a mud puddle.” How tragic!

Christians today can fall prey to a similar lack of discernment. A deacon lost the respect of his neighbors because he started a big ruckus with the unsaved man next door over a bush on their lot line. Another man was hurt and left the church in a huff because the class he had been leading for a long time wanted another teacher. Both men allowed little problems to mar their witness.

How do you handle the hurts, disappointments, rebuffs, griefs, and irritations that are common to all of us? Be careful to maintain balance! You don’t want to drown in a mud puddle.-H. V. Lugt. Our Daily Bread, Friday, January 27.

H A IRONSIDE
1 & 2 Kings; 1 & 2 Chronicles
The Kings of Judah & Israel

KEIL & DELITZSCH
Commentary
2 Chronicles

James Rosscup - "Keil, C. F. and Franz Delitzsch. Commentary on the Old Testament. 25 volumes. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1950. This is the best older, overall treatment of a critical nature on the Old Testament Hebrew text verse by verse and is a good standard work to buy. The student can buy parts or the whole of this series. Sometimes it is evangelical, at other times liberal ideas enter." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

RUDOLF KITTEL
2 Chronicles Commentary
(1895)

Comment: These are very brief notes.

"It is not only valuable, but indispensable." —The London Quarterly Review

"Examining the composition of the English translation based on the reconstruction of the original Hebrew, R. Kittel provides critical examination of the text with regard for semantic interpretation and historical context. Kittel draws upon the Masoretic Text, LXX, Targum manuscripts, Peshita, and Latin Vulgate in order to draw conclusions on semantic variation and omission. He incorporates views from the early Church fathers in order to provide further clarification on key topics." - Logos.com

Parallel Texts to the Books of Chronicles

JOHN KITTO
Commentary on 2 Chronicles
Pictorial Bible

Spurgeon's Comments on Kitto: "Then, of course, gentlemen, you will economize rigidly until you have accumulated funds to purchase Kitto’s Pictorial Bible. You mean to take that goodly freight on board before you launch upon the sea of married life. As you cannot visit the Holy Land, it is well for you that there is a work like the Pictorial Bible, in which the notes of the most observant travellers are arranged under the texts which they illustrate. For the geography, zoology, botany, and manners and customs of Palestine, this will be your counselor and guide… A work of art as well as learning."

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LANGE COMMENTARY
Commentary on 2 Chronicles
Otto Zockler

Spurgeon's Comments on Lange's Series: "These volumes are not all of equal value, but as a whole, they are a grand addition to our stores. The American translators have added considerably to the German work, and in some cases these additions are more valuable than the original matter. For homiletical purposes these volumes are so many hills of gold, but, alas, there is dross also, for Baptismal Regeneration and other grave errors occur… We are very far from endorsing all Zöckler’s remarks." (Caveat: Be a Berean - Acts 17:11)

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2 Chronicles Overview - same as in the MacArthur Study Bible

Outline of 2 Chronicles

I. The Reign of Solomon (2 Chronicles 1:1 – 9:31)

A. Coronation and Beginnings (2 Chronicles 1:1-17)

B. Temple Building (2 Chronicles 2:1 – 7:22)

C. Wealth/Achievements (2 Chronicles 8:1 – 9:28)

D. Death (2 Chronicles 9:29-31)

II. The Reign of the Kings of Judah (2 Chronicles 10:1 – 36:21)

A. Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 10:1 – 12:16)

B. Abijah (2 Chronicles 13:1-22)

C. Asa (2 Chronicles 14:1 – 16:14)

D. Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 17:1 – 21:3)

E. Jehoram (2 Chronicles 21:4-20)

F. Ahaziah (2 Chronicles 22:1-9)

G. Athaliah (2 Chronicles 22:10 – 23:21)

H. Joash (2 Chronicles 24:1-27)

I. Amaziah (2 Chronicles 25:1-28)

J. Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:1-23)

K. Jotham (2 Chronicles 27:1-9)

L. Ahaz (2 Chronicles 28:1-27)

M. Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 29:1 – 32:33)

N. Manasseh (2 Chronicles 33:1-20)

O. Amon (2 Chronicles 33:21-25)

P. Josiah (2 Chronicles 34:1 – 35:27)

Q. Jehoahaz (2 Chronicles 36:1-4)

R. Jehoiakim (2 Chronicles 36:5-8)

S. Jehoiachin (2 Chronicles 36:9, 10)

T. Zedekiah (2 Chronicles 36:11-21)

III. The Return Proclamation of Cyrus (2 Chronicles 36:22,23)

Two basic principles enumerated in these two books (1 & 2 Chronicles) prevail throughout the OT, namely, obedience brings blessing, disobedience brings judgment. In the Chronicles, when the king obeyed and trusted the Lord, God blessed and protected. But when the king disobeyed and/or put his trust in something or someone other than the Lord, God withdrew His blessing and protection. Three basic failures by the kings of Judah brought God’s wrath: 1) personal sin; 2) false worship/idolatry; and/or 3) trust in man rather than God.

The Kings of Israel and Judah
United Kingdom
Saul 1 Samuel 9:1–31:13; 1 Chronicles 10:1–14
David 2 Sa; 1 Kings 1:1–2:9; 1 Chronicles 11:1–29:30
Solomon 1 Kings 2:10–11:43; 2 Chronicles 1:1–9:31
Northern Kingdom (Israel)
Jeroboam I 1 Kings 12:25–14:20
Nadab 1 Kings 15:25–31
Baasha 1 Kings 15:32–16:7
Elah 1 Kings 16:8–14
Zimri 1 Kings 16:15–20
Tibni 1 Kings 16:21, 22
Omri 1 Kings 16:21–28
Ahab 1 Kings 16:29–22:40

Ahaziah

1 Kings 22:51–53; 2 Kings 1:1–18

Jehoram; Joram 2 Kings 2:1–8:15
Jehu 2 Kings 9:1–10:36
Jehoahaz 2 Kings 13:1–9
Jehoash; Joash 2 Kings 13:10–25
Jeroboam II 2 Kings 14:23–29
Zechariah 2 Kings 15:8–12
Shallum 2 Kings 15:13–15
Menahem 2 Kings 15:16–22
Pekahiah 2 Kings 15:23–26
Pekah 2 Kings 15:27–31
Hoshea 2 Kings 17:1–41
Southern Kingdom (Judah)

Rehoboam

1 Kings 12:1–14:31; 2 Chronicles 10:1–12:16

Abijam (Abijah) 1 Kings 15:1–8; 2 Chronicles 13:1–22
Asa 1 Kings 15:9–24; 2 Chronicles 14:1–16:14
Jehoshaphat 1 Kings 22:41–50; 2 Chronicles 17:1–20:37
Jehoram; Joram 2 Kings 8:16–24; 2 Chronicles 21:1–20
Ahaziah 2 Kings 8:25–29; 2 Chronicles 22:1–9
Athaliah (Queen) 2 Kings 11:1–16; 2 Chronicles 22:1–23:21
Jehoash; Joash 2 Kings 11:17–12:21; 2 Chronicles 23:16–24:27
Amaziah 2 Kings 14:1–22; 2 Chronicles 25:1–28
Uzziah (Azariah) 2 Kings 15:1–7; 2 Chronicles 26:1–23

Jotham

2 Kings 15:32–38; 2 Chronicles 27:1–9

Ahaz 2 Kings 16:1–20; 2 Chronicles 28:1–27
Hezekiah 2 Kings 18:1–20:21; 2 Chronicles 29:1–32:33
Manasseh 2 Kings 21:1–18; 2 Chronicles 33:1–20
Amon

2 Kings 21:19–26; 2 Chronicles 33:21–25

Josiah 2 Kings 22:1–23:30; 2 Chronicles 34:1–35:27
Jehoahaz 2 Kings 23:31–33; 2 Chronicles 36:1–4
Jehoiakim 2 Kings 23:34–24:7; 2 Chronicles 36:5–8
Jehoiachin 2 Kings 24:8–16; 2 Chronicles 36:9, 10
Zedekiah 2 Kings 24:18–25:21; 2 Chronicles 36:11–21

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  • 2 Chronicles 6:22-42 SOLOMON'S PRAYER
  • 2 Chronicles 14-16 ASA'S FAITH AND FAILURE
  • 2 Chronicles 17, 18 JEHOSHAPHAT, THE BACKSLIDER
  • 2 Chronicles 19, 20 JEHOSHAPHAT, THE OVERCOMER
  • 2 Chronicles 26 UZZIAH; or, FAILURE THROUGH PRIDE
  • 2 Chronicles 28, 29 HEZEKIAH; Or, FEATURES OF A REVIVAL
  • 2 Chronicles 30:1-12 THE ROYAL MESSAGE
  • 2 Chronicles 33:10-13 MANASSEH'S CONVERSION

RAY STEDMAN

CHARLES SWINDOLL

Excerpt - What's the big idea? The post-exilic Jews needed a reminder of who their God was and how He worked. History provided the best lesson for them. “The author uses the history of Judah to demonstrate that God blesses His people when they remain faithful and joyfully worship the Lord.” (Richards, The Bible Reader's Companion)

One writer stated that: " History itself is a call to worship and an invitation to hope. If the struggling community of Jews in Judah will put God first as did godly generations of the past, and show their commitment by a similar zeal for worship, the Lord will surely show His faithfulness to them. The line of David will yet again take Zion’s throne and the kingdom of God be established over all the earth." (Ibid)

How do I apply this? As it did for the Israelites, history can jog our memories. Can you remember times when God blessed you? Such memories are blessings in themselves, as well as encouragements to press on in holiness, with hope and confidence. If you are hard-pressed to recall specific times when God worked in your life, consider your devotional habits. A prayer journal that recalls prayers asked and those answered can act as your own “history” manual. God wants us to remember His works, so we, too, can praise Him for His goodness and have hope for our future!

JAMES VAN DINE

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2 Chronicles Commentary
1880

"Far beyond anything indicated by the small price of this work is its exceeding value for thoroughness of verbal exposition, exegetical criticism, and homiletic suggestiveness."—Baptist magazine

"It contains a vast amount of information, which ministers, Sunday-school teachers, and Bible classes may turn to good account." —Christian World

Note: An interesting feature is a set of usually 10-11 questions at the end of each chapter.

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Church Pulpit Commentary
2 Chronicles

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PASTOR LIFE
Sermons
Book of 2 Chronicles

Is There Determination in our Growing? 2 Chronicles 2:1-6 Growth, Spiritual; Growth, Church; Determination David E. Owen
The Day God Filled The House 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 God, Presence of; Church, Blessings Upon the Donnie L. Martin
The IF of Thanksgiving 2 Chronicles 7:12-14 Thanksgiving Day; Thanksgiving; Renewal; America; Revival J. Mike Minnix
Only if or if Only? 2 Chronicles 7:14 Revival; Prayer; Repentance Franklin L. Kirksey
God Save Our Country 2 Chronicles 7:14 America; Independence Day; Prayer; Family Michael A. Guido
A Country In Need 2 Chronicles 15:1-15 New Year; America Jerry N. Watts
Against All Odds 2 Chronicles 20:1-37 Victory Franklin L. Kirksey
Right Resolutions 2 Chronicles 29 Resolutions; New Year Terry Trivette
The Congregation That Worships 2 Chronicles 29:28-30 Worship; Church, Worship David E. Owen

MATTHEW POOLE
Commentary
2 Chronicles

PREACHER'S COMPLETE HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY
2 Chronicles
James Wolfendale
1890

 

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2 Chronicles

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2 Chronicles

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2 Chronicles

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Commentary Notes by Chapter Identical to C2000 Series

SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY
2 Chronicles

Spurgeon's Comment: The Speaker’s Commentary is issued (August, 1875) as far as the Lamentations. It is costly, too costly for your pockets, and I am therefore somewhat the less sorry to add that it is not what I hoped it would be. Of course it is a great work, and contains much which tends to illustrate the text; but if you had it you would not turn to it for spiritual food, or for fruitful suggestion, or if you did so, you would be disappointed. The object of the work is to help the general reader to know what the Scriptures really say and mean, and to remove some of the difficulties. It keeps to its design and in a measure accomplishes it."

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THIRD MILLENNIUm
2 Chronicles Studies

These are being revised - December 13, 2018 - Will post when finished.

2 Chronicles 1

  • 2 Chronicles: List of Major Bible Charts, Maps, & Pictures
  • The Reign of Solomon - 2 Chronicles 1:1-9:31
  • Solomon's Great Wisdom and Wealth - 2 Chronicles 1:1-17
  • Solomon Receives Divine Promise - 2 Chronicles 1:1-13
  • Solomon Experiences Divine Promise - 2 Chronicles 1:14-17

2 Chronicles 2

  • Solomon's International Assistance - 2 Chronicles 2:1-18

2 Chronicles 3

  • Solomon's Temple-Building Project - 2 Chronicles 3:1-5:1
  • Solomon Begins Construction - 2 Chronicles 3:1-2
  • Solomon's Temple Building - 2 Chronicles 3:3-17

2 Chronicles 4

  • Solomon's Temple Furnishing - 2 Chronicles 4:1-10
  • Reiteration and Elaboration - 2 Chronicles 4:11-22

2 Chronicles 5

  • Solomon Completes Construction - 2 Chronicles 5:1
  • Solomon's Assembly to Dedicate the Temple - 2 Chronicles 5:2-7:10
  • Solomon's Assembly Gathers - 2 Chronicles 5:2-3
  • Solomon's Initial Celebration of the Temple - 2 Chronicles 5:4-6:2
  • Celebrative Worship Outside the Most Holy Place - 2 Chronicles 5:4-6
  • Placing the Ark in the Most Holy Place - 2 Chronicles 5:7-10
  • Celebrative Worship Outside the Most Holy Place - 2 Chronicles 5:11-6:2

2 Chronicles 6

  • Chiastic Structure - 2 Chronicles 6:1-11
  • Solomon's Praise for the Past - 2 Chronicles 6:3-11
  • Blessing the People - 2 Chronicles 6:3
  • Praise for Fulfillment of the Promise to David - 2 Chronicles 6:4-6
  • Explanation of Solomon's Role - 2 Chronicles 6:7-9
  • Praise for Keeping the Promise to David - 2 Chronicles 6:10-11
  • Solomon's Prayer for the Future - 2 Chronicles 6:12-42
  • Introduction to the Prayer - 2 Chronicles 6:12-13
  • Praise and Petitions for the Monarchy - 2 Chronicles 6:14-17
  • Praise and Petitions for the Temple - 2 Chronicles 6:18-39
  • Praise - 2 Chronicles 6:18
  • Petitions in General - 2 Chronicles 6:19-21
  • Petition Regarding Oaths - 2 Chronicles 6:22-23
  • Petition Regarding Defeat - 2 Chronicles 6:24-25
  • Petition Regarding Drought - 2 Chronicles 6:26-27
  • Petition Regarding Assorted Disasters - 2 Chronicles 6:28-31
  • Petition Regarding Foreigners - 2 Chronicles 6:32-33
  • Petition Regarding War - 2 Chronicles 6:34-35
  • Petition Regarding National Exile - 2 Chronicles 6:36-39
  • Petitions for the Temple and the Monarchy - 2 Chronicles 6:40-42

2 Chronicles 7

  • Solomon's Concluding Sacrifices and Celebration - 2 Chronicles 7:1-7
  • Divine Fire and Glory - 2 Chronicles 7:1-3
  • Numerous Sacrifices - 2 Chronicles 7:4-7
  • Solomon's Assembly Dismisses - 2 Chronicles 7:8-10
  • Solomon's Response from God - 2 Chronicles 7:11-22
  • Introduction - 2 Chronicles 7:11-12a
  • Divine Approval of the Temple - 2 Chronicles 7:12b
  • Divine Instructions and Assurances to the Nation - 2 Chronicles 7:13-16
  • Divine Instructions and Warnings to the Monarchy - 2 Chronicles 7:17-22

2 Chronicles 8

  • More on Solomon's Building Projects - 2 Chronicles 8:1-15
  • Solomon's Widespread Construction Projects - 2 Chronicles 8:1-6
  • Solomon's Extensive Labor Force - 2 Chronicles 8:7-10
  • Solomon's Temple Construction - 2 Chronicles 8:11-15
  • More on Solomon's International Relations - 2 Chronicles 8:16-9:21
  • Introduction - 2 Chronicles 8:16
  • Solomon and Hiram Open Maritime Trade - 2 Chronicles 8:17-18

2 Chronicles 9

  • Solomon's and Arabian Reactions - 2 Chronicles 9:1-14
  • The Queen of Sheba Honors Solomon - 2 Chronicles 9:1-12
  • The Queen Comes to Solomon - 2 Chronicles 9:1
  • Solomon Answers the Queen's Questions - 2 Chronicles 9:2
  • The Queen Admires Solomon - 2 Chronicles 9:3-8
  • Gifts to Solomon - 2 Chronicles 9:9
  • A Note on Solomon's Wealth from Hiram's Fleet - 2 Chronicles 9:10-11
  • Solomon Responds to the Queen's Admiration - 2 Chronicles 9:12a
  • The Queen Departs from Solomon - 2 Chronicles 9:12b
  • Arabian Kings Acknowledge Solomon - 2 Chronicles 9:13-14
  • Solomon and Hiram in Maritime Trade - 2 Chronicles 9:15-21
  • More on Solomon's Great Wisdom and Wealth - 2 Chronicles 9:22-28
  • Introduction - 2 Chronicles 9:22
  • Solomon's Worldwide Recognition (Part 1) - 2 Chronicles 9:23-24
  • Solomon's Worldwide Recognition (Part 2) - 2 Chronicles 9:25-28
  • Closure of Solomon's Reign - 2 Chronicles 9:29-31

2 Chronicles 10

  • The Divided Kingdom - 2 Chronicles 10:1-28:27
  • Judgments and Increasing Blessings in Judah - 2 Chronicles 10:1-21:3
  • The Reign of Rehoboam - 2 Chronicles 10:1-12:16
  • Rehoboam's Early Sin, Prophetic Encounter - 2 Chronicles 10:1-11:22
  • Rehoboam's Sin and Israel's Rebellion - 2 Chronicles 10:1-19
  • Rehoboam's Foolish Treatment of the North - 2 Chronicles 10:1-17
  • All Israel Gathers to Make Rehoboam King - 2 Chronicles 10:1
  • Rehoboam and Northern Israel Discuss Terms - 2 Chronicles 10:2-5
  • Rehoboam Chooses a Foolish Response - 2 Chronicles 10:6-11
  • Rehoboam and Northern Israelites Discuss Terms - 2 Chronicles 10:12-16
  • Northern Israelites Return Home - 2 Chronicles 10:16-17
  • Rehoboam's Failed Attempt to Oppress Northern Israel - 2 Chronicles 10:18-19
  • Rehoboam Sends a Representative - 2 Chronicles 10:18a
  • Rehoboam's Representative is Killed - 2 Chronicles 10:18b
  • Rehoboam Flees to Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 10:18c
  • Authorial Comment - 2 Chronicles 10:19

2 Chronicles 11

  • Rehoboam's Support from Other Northerners - 2 Chronicles 11:16
  • Rehoboam's Compliance with the Prophetic Word - 2 Chronicles 11:1-4
  • Rehoboam Prepares for Battle - 2 Chronicles 11:1
  • Rehoboam Receives a Prophetic Word - 2 Chronicles 11:2-4a
  • Rehoboam Turns Back from Battle - 2 Chronicles 11:4b
  • Rehoboam's Blessings for Compliance - 2 Chronicles 11:5-23
  • Rehoboam's Successful Fortifications - 2 Chronicles 11:5-12
  • Rehoboam's Support from Faithful Northerners - 2 Chronicles 11:13-17
  • Rehoboam's Support from Priests and Levites - 2 Chronicles 11:13-15
  • Rehoboam's Support from Other Northerners - 2 Chronicles 11:16
  • Rehoboam's Benefits - 2 Chronicles 11:17
  • Rehoboam's Enlarged Family - 2 Chronicles 11:18-23

2 Chronicles 12

  • Rehoboam's Later Sin, Humility, and Blessing - 2 Chronicles 12:1-12
  • Rehoboam's Strength Leading to Apostasy - 2 Chronicles 12:1
  • Shishak's Attack against Judah and Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 12:2-4
  • Rehoboam's Response to the Prophetic Warning - 2 Chronicles 12:5-8
  • Shishak's Limited Victory over Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 12:9
  • Rehoboam's Resulting Weakness - 2 Chronicles 12:10-11
  • Author's Comment - 2 Chronicles 12:12
  • Closure of Rehoboam's Reign - 2 Chronicles 12:13-16

2 Chronicles 13

  • The Reign of Abijah - 2 Chronicles 13:1-14:1
  • Opening of Abijah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 13:1-2a
  • Abijah's Victory Over Jeroboam - 2 Chronicles 13:2b-21
  • Abijah Faces Numerically Superior Jeroboam - 2 Chronicles 13:2b-3
  • Abijah Delivers Speech to Jeroboam - 2 Chronicles 13:4-12
  • Introduction to the Speech - 2 Chronicles 13:4a
  • Exhortation Based on David's Throne - 2 Chronicles 13:4b-8a
  • Exhortation Based on Temple Service - 2 Chronicles 13:8b-12
  • Abijah attacked by Jeroboam - 2 Chronicles 13:13
  • Abijah's Reaction and Divine Intervention - 2 Chronicles 13:14-15
  • Abijah Defeats Jeroboam - 2 Chronicles 13:16
  • Abijah Inflicts Great Losses on Jeroboam - 2 Chronicles 13:17
  • Author's Comment - 2 Chronicles 13:18
  • Aftermath of Abijah's Battle - 2 Chronicles 13:19-21
  • Jeroboam's Curses - 2 Chronicles 13:19-20
  • Abijah's Blessings - 2 Chronicles 13:21
  • Closure of Abijah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 13:22-14:1

2 Chronicles 14

  • The Reign of Asa - 2 Chronicles 14:1b-16:14
  • Opening of Asa's Reign - 2 Chronicles 14:1b
  • Asa Under Divine Blessing - 2 Chronicles 14:2-15:19
  • Asa's Early Years of Reform and Blessing - 2 Chronicles 14:2-7
  • Asa's Reforms - 2 Chronicles 14:2-5a
  • Asa's Blessings - 2 Chronicles 14:5b-7
  • Asa's Victory, Prophetic Approval, and Obedience - 2 Chronicles 14:8-15:19
  • Asa's Victory in Conflict - 2 Chronicles 14:8-15
  • Asa's Standing Army - 2 Chronicles 14:8
  • Asa and Zerah Draw Battle Lines - 2 Chronicles 14:9-10
  • Asa Invokes Divine Intervention - 2 Chronicles 14:11
  • Asa Defeats Zerah in Battle - 2 Chronicles 14:12-15
  • Asa's Army Returns to Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 14:15b

2 Chronicles 15

  • Asa's Prophetic Approval and Obedience - 2 Chronicles 15:1-19
  • Prophetic Approval - 2 Chronicles 15:1-7
  • Introductory Setting - 2 Chronicles 15:1-2a
  • Doctrinal Principle - 2 Chronicles 15:2b
  • Historical Illustrations - 2 Chronicles 15:3-6
  • Contemporary Application - 2 Chronicles 15:7
  • Asa's Response - 2 Chronicles 15:8-19
  • Asa's Worship Reforms - 2 Chronicles 15:8
  • Asa's Assembly for Reform - 2 Chronicles 15:9-15
  • Assembly Called - 2 Chronicles 15:9-10
  • Assembly Opening Ceremonies - 2 Chronicles 15:11
  • Assembly Oaths - 2 Chronicles 15:12-13
  • Assembly Closing Ceremonies - 2 Chronicles 15:14
  • Assembly Results - 2 Chronicles 15:15
  • Asa's Other Reforms - 2 Chronicles 15:16-18

2 Chronicles 16

  • Asa Under Divine Judgment - 2 Chronicles 16:1-12
  • Asa's Failure, Prophetic Disapproval, and Disobedience - 2 Chronicles 16:1-10
  • Asa's Failure in Conflict - 2 Chronicles 16:1-6
  • Asa Threatened - 2 Chronicles 16:1
  • Asa Appeals to Syria for Help - 2 Chronicles 16:2-3
  • Syria Attacks Israel - 2 Chronicles 16:4
  • Asa No Longer Threatened - 2 Chronicles 16:5-6
  • Asa's Prophetic Rebuke and Disobedience - 2 Chronicles 16:7-10
  • Prophetic Disapproval - 2 Chronicles 16:7-9
  • Accusation and Result - 2 Chronicles 16:7
  • Contrast with Earlier Conflict - 2 Chronicles 16:8-9
  • Accusation and Sentencing - 2 Chronicles 16:9b
  • Asa's Response - 2 Chronicles 16:10
  • Asa's Final Years of Judgment - 2 Chronicles 16:11-12
  • Closure of Asa's Reign - 2 Chronicles 16:13-14

2 Chronicles 17

  • The Reign of Jehoshaphat - 2 Chronicles 17:1-21:3
  • Opening of Jehoshaphat's Reign - 2 Chronicles 17:1-2
  • Jehoshaphat's Earlier Years - 2 Chronicles 17:3-19:3
  • Jehoshaphat's Earlier Fidelity - 2 Chronicles 17:3-19
  • Jehoshaphat's Strength Explained - 2 Chronicles 17:3-9
  • Jehoshaphat's International Blessings - 2 Chronicles 17:10-11
  • Jehoshaphat's Strength Elaborated - 2 Chronicles 17:12-19

2 Chronicles 18

  • Jehoshaphat's Earlier Battle - 2 Chronicles 18:1-19:3
  • Jehoshaphat Visits Ahab - 2 Chronicles 18:1-2a
  • Jehoshaphat Agrees to Fight with Ahab - 2 Chronicles 18:2b-27
  • Synopsis of Royal Deliberations - 2 Chronicles 18:2b-3
  • First Prophetic Inquiry - 2 Chronicles 18:4-5
  • Second Prophetic Inquiry - 2 Chronicles 18:6-27
  • Jehoshaphat Fights with Ahab - 2 Chronicles 18:28-34
  • Ahab's Twofold Plan - 2 Chronicles 18:28-29a
  • Ahab Enters Battle - 2 Chronicles 18:29b
  • Twofold Results of Ahab's Plan - 2 Chronicles 18:30-34

2 Chronicles 19

  • Jehoshaphat Returns to Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 19:1-3
  • Jehoshaphat's Later Years - 2 Chronicles 19:4-20:30
  • Later Fidelity - 2 Chronicles 19:4-11
  • Jehoshaphat's Extensive Reforms - 2 Chronicles 19:4
  • Judicial Reforms Outside Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 19:5-7
  • Appointments Outside Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 19:5
  • Instructions Outside Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 19:6-7
  • Judicial Reforms Within Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 19:8-11
  • Appointments Within Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 19:8
  • Instructions Within Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 19:9-11

2 Chronicles 20

  • Jehoshaphat's Later Battle - 2 Chronicles 20:1-30
  • Jehoshaphat's Enemies Attack - 2 Chronicles 20:1
  • Jehoshaphat Holds an Assembly in Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 20:2-19
  • Calling of the Assembly - 2 Chronicles 20:2-4
  • Ceremony of the Assembly - 2 Chronicles 20:5-19
  • Assembly Prays for Help - 2 Chronicles 20:5-13
  • Assembly Receives Response - 2 Chronicles 20:14-17
  • Assembly Responds with Praise - 2 Chronicles 20:18-19
  • Jehoshaphat's Army Marches to Battle - 2 Chronicles 20:20-21
  • God Intervenes for Jehoshaphat - 2 Chronicles 20:22-23
  • Jehoshaphat's Army Gathers Plunder - 2 Chronicles 20:24-26
  • Jehoshaphat Returns and Holds an Assembly - 2 Chronicles 20:27-28
  • Jehoshaphat Has Peace and Rest - 2 Chronicles 20:29-30
  • Closure of Jehoshaphat's Reign - 2 Chronicles 20:31-21:3
  • Summary of Jehoshaphat's Reign - 2 Chronicles 20:31-34
  • Jehoshaphat's Maritime Alliance - 2 Chronicles 20:35-37
  • Jehoshaphat Builds Ships with Ahaziah - 2 Chronicles 20:35-36a
  • Prophetic Condemnation - 2 Chronicles 20:36b-37a
  • Jehoshaphat's Ships are Destroyed - 2 Chronicles 20:37b

2 Chronicles 21

  • Jehoshaphat's Death, Burial, and Successor - 2 Chronicles 21:1-3
  • Corruption through Northern Influence - 2 Chronicles 21:4-24:27
  • The Reign of Jehoram - 2 Chronicles 21:4-22:1
  • Opening of Jehoram's Reign - 2 Chronicles 21:4-7
  • Rebellions against Jehoram - 2 Chronicles 21:8-11
  • Rebellion of Edom - 2 Chronicles 21:8-10a
  • Rebellion of Libnah - 2 Chronicles 21:10b-11
  • Elijah's Condemnation of Jehoram - 2 Chronicles 21:12-15
  • More Rebellions against Jehoram - 2 Chronicles 21:16-17
  • Rebellions Stir - 2 Chronicles 21:16
  • Rebels Attack Judah - 2 Chronicles 21:17a
  • Rebellions End - 2 Chronicles 21:17b
  • Closure of Jehoram's Reign - 2 Chronicles 21:18-22:1

2 Chronicles 22

  • The Reign of Ahaziah - 2 Chronicles 22:2-9
  • Opening of Ahaziah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 22:2
  • Ahaziah's Wicked Actions - 2 Chronicles 22:3-6
  • Reports of Wickedness - 2 Chronicles 22:3-4
  • Narrative of Wickedness - 2 Chronicles 22:5-6a
  • Closure of Ahaziah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 22:6b-9
  • Ahaziah's Family Killed by Jehu - 2 Chronicles 22:8
  • Ahaziah is Sought and Captured - 2 Chronicles 22:9a
  • Ahaziah Killed by Jehu - 2 Chronicles 22:9b
  • Ahaziah Buried without Successor - 2 Chronicles 22:9c
  • The Reign of Joash - 2 Chronicles 22:10-24:27
  • Joash's Rise over Athaliah - 2 Chronicles 22:10-23:21
  • Athaliah's Evil Reign Over Judah - 2 Chronicles 22:10-12

2 Chronicles 23

  • Covenant with the King - 2 Chronicles 23:1-3a
  • Jehoiada's Plan and Its Implementation - 2 Chronicles 23:3b-10
  • Joash's Coronation - 2 Chronicles 23:11
  • Athaliah's Reaction to Coronation - 2 Chronicles 23:12-13
  • Jehoiada's Plan and Its Implementation - 2 Chronicles 23:14-15
  • Covenant with God - 2 Chronicles 23:16-19
  • Joash's Peaceful Reign Over Judah - 2 Chronicles 23:20-21

2 Chronicles 24

  • Joash's Kingship - 2 Chronicles 24:1-27
  • Opening of Joash's Reign - 2 Chronicles 24:1-3
  • Joash's Early Years of Fidelity - 2 Chronicles 24:4-14
  • Joash Begins Temple Restoration - 2 Chronicles 24:4
  • Joash's Failed Collection - 2 Chronicles 24:5
  • Joash and Jehoiada Compromise - 2 Chronicles 24:6-7
  • Successful Collection - 2 Chronicles 24:8-11
  • Joash Completes Temple Restoration - 2 Chronicles 24:12-14
  • Jehoiada's Death - 2 Chronicles 24:15-16
  • Joash's Later Years of Infidelity - 2 Chronicles 24:17-26
  • Joash and Leaders Provoke God - 2 Chronicles 24:17-18
  • Zechariah Prophesies against Joash - 2 Chronicles 24:19-20
  • Joash Orders Zechariah's Death - 2 Chronicles 24:21-22
  • Zechariah's Prophecy Fulfilled - 2 Chronicles 24:23-24
  • Joash Assassinated by Leaders - 2 Chronicles 24:25-26
  • Closure of Joash's Reign - 2 Chronicles 24:27

2 Chronicles 25

  • Deterioration Through Half-Hearted Obedience - 2 Chronicles 25:1-28:27
  • The Reign of Amaziah - 2 Chronicles 25:1-26
  • Opening of Amaziah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 25:1-2
  • Amaziah's Half-hearted Fidelity - 2 Chronicles 25:3-12
  • Execution of Assassins - 2 Chronicles 25:3-4
  • Half-hearted Fidelity in Battle - 2 Chronicles 25:5-12
  • Amaziah Enrolls the People for War - 2 Chronicles 25:5a
  • Amaziah Conscripts and Hires Soldiers - 2 Chronicles 25:5b-6
  • Amaziah Encounters Prophetic Rebuke - 2 Chronicles 25:7-9
  • Amaziah Releases Hired Soldiers - 2 Chronicles 25:10
  • Amaziah Gains Victory - 2 Chronicles 25:11-12
  • Amaziah's Trouble from Israel - 2 Chronicles 25:13
  • Amaziah's Infidelity - 2 Chronicles 25:14-24
  • Amaziah Worships Edomite gods - 2 Chronicles 25:14
  • Amaziah Encounters Prophetic Rebuke - 2 Chronicles 25:15-16
  • Amaziah Receives Judgment for Infidelity - 2 Chronicles 25:17-24
  • Amaziah Challenges Jehoash to Battle - 2 Chronicles 25:17-19
  • Amaziah Refuses Jehoash's Warnings - 2 Chronicles 25:20
  • Amaziah Loses Battle to Jehoash - 2 Chronicles 25:21-24
  • Closure of Amaziah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 25:25-28

2 Chronicles 26

  • The Reign of Uzziah - 2 Chronicles 26:1-23
  • Opening of Uzziah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 26:1-5
  • Uzziah's Fidelity and Blessing - 2 Chronicles 26:6-15
  • Uzziah's Military Victories - 2 Chronicles 26:6-8
  • Uzziah's Domestic Successes - 2 Chronicles 26:9-10
  • Uzziah's Military Strength - 2 Chronicles 26:11-15
  • Uzziah's Infidelity and Curse - 2 Chronicles 26:16-21
  • Powerful Uzziah Enters the Temple - 2 Chronicles 26:16
  • Priests Follow Uzziah into Temple - 2 Chronicles 26:17
  • Confrontation Between Priests and Uzziah - 2 Chronicles 26:18-19
  • Priests Escort Uzziah Out of Temple - 2 Chronicles 26:20
  • Powerless Uzziah Barred from Temple - 2 Chronicles 26:21
  • Closure of Uzziah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 26:22-23

2 Chronicles 27

  • The Reign of Jotham - 2 Chronicles 27:1-9
  • Opening of Jotham's Reign - 2 Chronicles 27:1-2
  • Jotham's Positive Accomplishments - 2 Chronicles 27:3-6
  • Closure of Jotham's Reign - 2 Chronicles 27:7-9

2 Chronicles 28

  • The Reign of Ahaz - 2 Chronicles 28:1-27
  • Opening of Ahaz's Reign - 2 Chronicles 28:1-5
  • Northern Israel's Fidelity to God - 2 Chronicles 28:6-15
  • Victorious Israel Takes Plunder and Prisoners - 2 Chronicles 28:6-8
  • Israel Receives Prophetic Rebuke - 2 Chronicles 28:9-11
  • Israel Responds to Prophetic Rebuke - 2 Chronicles 28:12-13
  • Victorious Israel Returns Plunder and Prisoners - 2 Chronicles 28:14-15
  • Ahaz's Infidelity to God - 2 Chronicles 28:16-25
  • Ahaz Fails to Receive Help from Assyria - 2 Chronicles 28:16-21
  • Ahaz's Initial Appeal to Assyria - 2 Chronicles 28:16-19
  • Ahaz Seeks Assyrian Help - 2 Chronicles 28:16
  • Ahaz's Actions Explained - 2 Chronicles 28:17-19
  • Ahaz Receives Negative Response - 2 Chronicles 28:20
  • Ahaz's Further Appeal to Assyria - 2 Chronicles 28:21
  • Ahaz Intensely Seeks Assyrian Help - 2 Chronicles 28:21a
  • Ahaz Receives Further Negative Response - 2 Chronicles 28:21b
  • Ahaz Fails to Receive Help from Syrian gods - 2 Chronicles 28:22-25
  • Ahaz's Increasing Infidelity - 2 Chronicles 28:22
  • Ahaz's Worship of Syrian gods - 2 Chronicles 28:23
  • Ahaz's Downfall Explained - 2 Chronicles 28:23b
  • Ahaz's Further Worship of Other gods - 2 Chronicles 28:24-25a
  • Ahaz's Judgment - 2 Chronicles 28:25b
  • Closure of Ahaz's Reign - 2 Chronicles 28:26-27

2 Chronicles 29

  • The Reunited Kingdom - 2 Chronicles 29:1-36:23
  • The Reign of Hezekiah - 2 Chronicles 29:1-32:33
  • Opening of Hezekiah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 29:1-2
  • Hezekiah Re-establishes Temple Worship - 2 Chronicles 29:3-31:21
  • Hezekiah Initiates Temple Service - 2 Chronicles 29:3-36
  • Hezekiah Begins Temple Restoration - 2 Chronicles 29:3
  • Hezekiah's Preparations for Temple Services - 2 Chronicles 29:4-19
  • Hezekiah Commissions the Priests and Levites - 2 Chronicles 29:4-11
  • Hezekiah Commission is Performed - 2 Chronicles 29:12-17
  • Levite Participants - 2 Chronicles 29:12-14
  • Levite Activities - 2 Chronicles 29:15-17
  • Hezekiah Receives Report from Priests and Levites - 2 Chronicles 29:18-19
  • Hezekiah Offers Sacrifices in the Temple - 2 Chronicles 29:20-30
  • Sacrifices Offered - 2 Chronicles 29:20-24
  • Musical Accompaniment - 2 Chronicles 29:25-30
  • Hezekiah's Results from Temple Service - 2 Chronicles 29:31-35a
  • Hezekiah's Invitation - 2 Chronicles 29:31a
  • Assembly's Response - 2 Chronicles 29:31b
  • Quantity of Service - 2 Chronicles 29:32-35a
  • Hezekiah Completes Temple Restoration - 2 Chronicles 29:35b-36

2 Chronicles 30

  • Hezekiah Reunites the Kingdom through Temple Worship - 2 Chronicles 30:1-31:1
  • Chiastic Structures - 2 Chronicles 30:1-5, 6-10, 11-22
  • Tribes Invited to Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 30:1
  • Attention to Northern Israelites - 2 Chronicles 30:2-12
  • Hezekiah Plans the Invitation - 2 Chronicles 30:2-5
  • Hezekiah Sends Invitations - 2 Chronicles 30:6-9
  • Hezekiah Receives Reactions to Invitation - 2 Chronicles 30:10-12
  • Gathering and Reforms before Passover - 2 Chronicles 30:13-14
  • Passover Observed - 2 Chronicles 30:15a
  • More attention to Northern Israel - 2 Chronicles 30:15b-20
  • Worship and Reforms after Passover - 2 Chronicles 30:21-31:21
  • First Seven Days - 2 Chronicles 30:21-22
  • Seven Day Extension - 2 Chronicles 30:23-31:1a

2 Chronicles 31

  • Tribes Return Home - 2 Chronicles 31:1b
  • Hezekiah's Enduring Provisions for Temple Services - 2 Chronicles 31:2-21
  • Chiastic Structure - 2 Chronicles 31:2-19
  • Hezekiah Permanently Establishes Temple Personnel - 2 Chronicles 31:2-8
  • Hezekiah Arranges for Priests and Levites - 2 Chronicles 31:2-3
  • Hezekiah Orders Contributions - 2 Chronicles 31:4
  • Hezekiah's Orders Enthusiastically Obeyed - 2 Chronicles 31:5-7
  • Hezekiah Rejoices in Provisions - 2 Chronicles 31:8
  • Hezekiah Establishes Permanent Distribution - 2 Chronicles 31:9-21
  • Hezekiah Evaluates Provisions - 2 Chronicles 31:9-10
  • Hezekiah Orders Storehouse Preparation - 2 Chronicles 31:11a
  • Hezekiah's Orders Enthusiastically Obeyed - 2 Chronicles 31:11b-19
  • Hezekiah Blessed for His Provisions - 2 Chronicles 31:20-21

2 Chronicles 32

  • Hezekiah's Inconsistencies During the Assyrian Invasion - 2 Chronicles 32:1-31
  • Hezekiah's Inconsistencies in Military Strategy - 2 Chronicles 32:1-23
  • Hezekiah Threatened by a Foreign Nation - 2 Chronicles 32:1
  • Hezekiah Depends on Human Strength - 2 Chronicles 32:2-8
  • Hezekiah's Defensive Preparations - 2 Chronicles 32:2-5
  • Hezekiah's Hypocritical Speech - 2 Chronicles 32:6-8
  • Chiastic Structure: 2 Chronicles 32:9-32
  • Hezekiah Depends on God - 2 Chronicles 32:9-21
  • Hezekiah Threatened - 2 Chronicles 32:9-21
  • Hezekiah is Highly Regarded by Foreign Nations - 2 Chronicles 32:22-23
  • Hezekiah's Inconsistent Pride - 2 Chronicles 32:24-26
  • Hezekiah's Blessings - 2 Chronicles 32:24
  • Hezekiah's Judgment - 2 Chronicles 32:25
  • Hezekiah's Blessing - 2 Chronicles 32:26
  • Hezekiah's Inconsistent Alliance - 2 Chronicles 32:27-31
  • Hezekiah's Successes - 2 Chronicles 32:27-30
  • Hezekiah's Failure - 2 Chronicles 32:31
  • Closure of Hezekiah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 32:32-33

2 Chronicles 33

  • The Reign of Manasseh - 2 Chronicles 33:1-20
  • Opening of Manasseh's Reign - 2 Chronicles 33:1
  • Manasseh's Heinous Sins - 2 Chronicles 33:2-9
  • Manasseh's Exile and Restoration - 2 Chronicles 33:10-13
  • Manasseh Ignores God - 2 Chronicles 33:10
  • Manasseh Taken Captive from Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 33:11
  • Manasseh Prays for Deliverance - 2 Chronicles 33:12
  • Manasseh Brought Back to Jerusalem - 2 Chronicles 33:13a
  • Manasseh Acknowledges God - 2 Chronicles 33:13b
  • Manasseh's Extensive Restorations - 2 Chronicles 33:14-17
  • Closure of Manasseh's Reign - 2 Chronicles 33:18-20
  • The Reign of Amon - 2 Chronicles 33:21-25
  • Opening of Amon's Reign - 2 Chronicles 33:21
  • Amon's Relentless Sins - 2 Chronicles 33:22-23
  • Closure of Amon's Reign - 2 Chronicles 33:24-25

2 Chronicles 34

  • The Reign of Josiah - 2 Chronicles 34:1-35:27
  • Opening of Josiah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 34:1-3a
  • Josiah's Fidelity in Worship Reforms - 2 Chronicles 34:3b-35:19
  • Josiah's Earlier Reforms - 2 Chronicles 34:3b-7
  • Reforms in the South - 2 Chronicles 34:3b-5
  • Reforms in the North - 2 Chronicles 34:6-7
  • Josiah's Later Reforms - 2 Chronicles 34:8-35:19
  • Josiah Repairs the Temple - 2 Chronicles 34:8-13
  • Initiation of Temple Repairs - 2 Chronicles 34:8
  • Money Designated for Temple Repairs - 2 Chronicles 34:9
  • Money Given to Supervisors - 2 Chronicles 34:10a
  • Money Paid for Temple Repairs - 2 Chronicles 34:10b-11
  • Completion of Temple Repairs - 2 Chronicles 34:12a
  • Afterword Concerning Levitical Supervisors - 2 Chronicles 34:12b-13
  • Josiah Renews Covenant - 2 Chronicles 34:14-33
  • Josiah's Leaders Discover the Book - 2 Chronicles 34:14-15
  • Josiah Hears the Book - 2 Chronicles 34:16-18
  • Josiah Reacts to the Book - 2 Chronicles 34:19-21
  • Josiah Receives Prophecy about the Book - 2 Chronicles 34:22-28
  • Josiah's Leaders Approach Huldah - 2 Chronicles 34:22
  • Josiah's Men Receive Prophecy - 2 Chronicles 34:23-28a
  • Josiah's Leaders Return from Huldah - 2 Chronicles 34:28b
  • Josiah Renews Covenant According to the Book - 2 Chronicles 34:29-33
  • Josiah Gathers Nation for Covenant Renewal - 2 Chronicles 34:29-30a
  • Josiah Reads the Book - 2 Chronicles 34:30b
  • Josiah and Covenant Renewal - 2 Chronicles 34:31-33

2 Chronicles 35

  • Josiah Observes Passover - 2 Chronicles 35:1-19
  • Josiah's Passover Introduced - 2 Chronicles 35:1
  • Josiah's Preparations for Celebration - 2 Chronicles 35:2-9
  • Josiah Readies the Priests and Levites - 2 Chronicles 35:2-6
  • Josiah Readies the Sacrifices - 2 Chronicles 35:7-9
  • Josiah's Performance of Celebration - 2 Chronicles 35:10-15
  • Josiah's Passover Summarized - 2 Chronicles 35:16-19
  • Josiah's Infidelity in Deadly Battle - 2 Chronicles 35:20-25
  • Josiah Goes Out for Battle against Neco - 2 Chronicles 35:20
  • Josiah Hears Warning from Neco - 2 Chronicles 35:21
  • Josiah Defiantly Enters Battle - 2 Chronicles 35:22
  • Josiah is Seriously Wounded - 2 Chronicles 35:23
  • Josiah Returns and Dies - 2 Chronicles 35:24a
  • Afterword Concerning Mourning - 2 Chronicles 35:24b-25
  • Closure of Josiah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 35:26-36:1

2 Chronicles 36

  • The Final Events - 2 Chronicles 36:2-23
  • Jehoahaz - 2 Chronicles 36:1-4
  • Summary of Jehoahaz's Reign - 2 Chronicles 36:1-2
  • Tribute, Exile, and Successor - 2 Chronicles 36:3-4
  • Jehoiakim - 2 Chronicles 36:5-8
  • Summary of Jehoiakim's Reign - 2 Chronicles 36:5
  • Tribute, Exile, and Successor - 2 Chronicles 36:6-8
  • Jehoiachin - 2 Chronicles 36:9-10
  • Summary of Jehoiachin's Reign - 2 Chronicles 36:9
  • Tribute, Exile, and Successor - 2 Chronicles 36:10
  • Zedekiah - 2 Chronicles 36:11-21
  • Summary of Zedekiah's Reign - 2 Chronicles 36:11-14
  • Trouble, Exile, and Restoration - 2 Chronicles 36:15-23
  • God has Pity Toward Israel - 2 Chronicles 36:15
  • God's Anger Stirred Against Israel - 2 Chronicles 36:16
  • God Sends Punishment Against Israel - 2 Chronicles 36:17-20
  • God has Pity Toward Israel - 2 Chronicles 36:21-23

TODAY IN THE WORD
Devotionals on 2 Chronicles
Moody Bible Institute

JOHN TRAPP
Commentary
2 Chronicles

DANIEL WHEDON
Commentary
2 Chronicles

JAMES SMITH
HANDFULS ON PURPOSE
2 CHRONICLES

SOLOMON'S PRAYER. 2 Chronicles 6:22-42.

This is the longest prayer in the Old Testament, and may be fitly compared with the longest in the New, as recorded in John 17. Both are intercessory and provisional. This temple, prepared for God and filled with His glory (v. 14), is a wonderful type of the person and character of the Lord Jesus Christ. What the temple was to Israel, Christ is to the world. What Solomon did on the brazen scaffold (v. 3), Christ did on the accursed tree—open the way for others into the place of blessing. This prayer of Solomon, like the work of Christ, revealed a large and cosmopolitan heart. In it, there was provision made for the—

I. Maligned. "If a man sin against his neighbor,... and an oath be laid,... then hear You and judge" (v. 22). To sin against our neighbor is to sin against God, so those sinned against may confidently appeal to Him, and expect that He will "requite the wicked, and justify the righteous (v. 14). As in Solomon's prayer there was provision made for the maintenance of the character of the righteous, so is there also in the intercession of Christ. Those wronged by their neighbors should believingly commit their case unto the Lord. He will avenge His own.

II. Defeated. Those "put to the worse before the enemy" (v. 24). This is a numerous class. Many there be who have fallen before the power of the enemy, "because they have sinned against God." Sin always leads to defeat (Joshua 7:10, 11). For God's people to be put to the worse before the enemy is to bring dishonor upon the Holy Name. He would have us to be "more than conquerors." But at the temple altar there was a way back for the vanquished to forgiveness and victory. By their returning and confessing God would hear and forgive, and restore them again to the land which He gave them (vv. 24, 25). It mattered not how far they had been driven away by the enemy if they turned their faces towards the House of God, confessing their sins, then deliverance was to be granted them. So may those be saved who have been overcome by temptation and sin, by turning the eye of faith to the provision made by Jesus Christ at the altar of the Cross.

III. Thirsty. "When the Heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against You" (v. 26). God had different ways of manifesting His displeasure at sin. In a spiritual sense Heaven is still shut up, so that no refreshing rain comes upon the soul of the disobedient and the backsliding. A silent and unresponsive Heaven is a fearful calamity to a thirsty soul, but this thirst is meant to bring us back in heart to the place of confession and blessing. "Then hear You, and forgive,... and send rain" (v. 27). The way to escape the horrors of a closed-up Heaven is to keep in "the good way" of the Lord. Abide in Him. If spiritual dearth has come, there is still in Christ provision for restoration and refreshing. "Look unto Me, and be you saved."

IV. Oppressed. "When the enemies besiege them in the cities of their land;... when every one shall spread forth his hands towards this house, then hear You" (vv. 28-30). The people of God were not exempt from trial and suffering, even in their own cities—in the very midst of all their joys and privileges. Solomon believes that, if the enemy is permitted to besiege them and oppress them, it would be on account of their sin, for in his prayers he says, "When You nearest, forgive." No enemy is able to besiege and imprison any soul that is walking in fellowship with God. It is ever a wile of the Devil to get between us and Him who is the home of our hearts. But if you are really besieged so that you have no liberty to go out and in, in your service for God—out of communication, with head-quarters—then here is the remedy: Spread forth the hands of your faith toward the dwelling-place of God, and forgiveness and deliverance will be yours.

V. Stranger. Even "the stranger which is not of Your people" finds a place in the large heart of this King of Peace. What good news it would be to the stranger who had "come from a far country," drawn by the influence of God's "great name" and "mighty hand," to find that the gate of divine blessing was open for him, and that God was willing to do "according to all that the stranger called to You for" (v. 33). Did not the Ethiopian take advantage of this provision when he came to Jerusalem for to worship? (Acts 8:27). It is still true that those born in the far country of sin, and who are strangers to God and to His people, may have their needs supplied by calling upon the Lord. "Him that comes unto Me, I will in no wise cast out." "He! every one that thirsts, come you to the waters." "You who sometimes were far off are made near by the Blood of Christ" (Ephesians 2:13).

VI. Warrior. "Then if Your people go to war... by the way that You shall send them, and pray unto You toward this city,... then hear, and maintain their cause" (vv. 34, 35). It is of the utmost importance that in going out in holy warfare we should go by the way that God has sent us. The Christian life is a warfare, but not with carnal weapons. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand. Praying always with all prayer, that "He may hear from the Heavens your prayer and supplication, and maintain your cause" (v. 35). In Solomon's prayer, as in the work of Christ, there is provision made for certain victory in battling for the Lord. Warriors for God; keep your face towards the holy place of sacrifice and fellowship, and He will maintain your cause.

VII. Captives. "If they sin against You,... and their enemies carry them away captives, yet if they bethink themselves... and turn and pray unto You,... then hear You, and maintain their cause, and forgive" (vv. 36-39). The Lord's people could never be taken away as captives so long as they were obedient to His will. Sin leads to separation from God, and when separated from Him we become an easy prey to the enemy. The only hope for those led captive by the Devil, or the pleasures of the world? is to bethink themselves, and turn to the Lord, saying, "We have sinned, we have done amiss." If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive. The fire that "came down from Heaven" (chapter 7:1) when Solomon had made an end of praying was the token that his prayer was heard, and that God was ready to do all that had been asked. The coming of the Holy Spirit from Heaven, after Christ had finished His work, is the proof to us that God is ready to fulfill to us all the desires of His heart. "If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it."

ASA'S FAITH AND FAILURE. 2 Chronicles 14-16.

In these chapters we have a faithful biography of Asa. The features of his character, both good and bad, are equally prominent. In the Bible there is no touching up of the negative to give the photograph a more pleasing appearance. As an historian the Spirit of God knows nothing of the are of flattery. As a man is in his heart so is he before God. The life of Asa is full of encouragement and warning to us. We observe his—

I. Good Character. "Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God" (chapter 14:2). This was a noble start. He refused to be guided by the light of his own eyes, or by the opinions and prejudices of others. It is a good thing to remember that the eyes of the Lord are ever in search of those whose hearts are right with Him, that He might show Himself strong in their behalf (chapter 16:9). Right thinking will lead to right acting, and God's strength is on the side of the righteous. Asa not only "broke down the images," he also "commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers." It is not enough to put away the wrong. We must seek the right. To give up our idols will avail us nothing unless we turn to God (1 Thessalonians 1:9).

II. Great Faith. Asa's faith was put to the test when his army of 580,000 was met by 1,000,000 Ethiopians and 300 chariots, but it stood the test. "Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with You to help, whether with many or with them that have no power. We rest on You, and in Your Name we go against this multitude" (vv. 11, 12). He looks upon the many as nothing, but the "help of God" as everything. To have God's help is to get an almighty lift. The way to secure His help is to "rest on Him," and go in His Name. This is the work of faith, and faith gains the day, for the "Lord smote the Ethiopians before Asa." He did it, for Asa rested on Him, and trusted in His Name to do it. "This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith."

III. Timely Warning. "The Spirit of God came upon Azariah, and he went out to meet Asa, and said, Hear you me, Asa, the Lord is with you while you be with Him...Be you strong therefore,... for your work shall be rewarded" (chapter 15:1-7). This is emphatically a Spirit-inspired message. Why did it come to Asa immediately after his great victory of faith? Because the Spirit of God knew that at that moment there was a danger of him being lifted up with pride, and of falling back into a state of self-confidence. Oh, how anxious the Holy Spirit still is to maintain our faith in God, that His Name might be honored by doing great things for us! "If you would believe, you should see the glory of God" (John 11:40). Take heed how you hear.

IV. Mighty Influence. "They fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the Lord his God was with him" (v. 9). Many strangers from the kingdom of Israel joined the ranks of the king of Judah when they saw that God was on his side. Those who gain victories by faith are the most influential of all leaders. All are not born leaders. Many are ready to follow a tune who could never raise it. But the supernatural element must be self-evident in the divinely appointed leader. "My sheep," says Christ, "hear My voice, and they follow Me." Are there not many who would fall out of the kingdom of darkness today if they could but see that the Lord our God is with us? Not with us in theory, but in mighty conquering deeds. Asa's influence was not only attractive, but it was most effectual in turning the whole heart of Judah unto the Lord (vv. 12-14). He constrained them to seek the Lord until "He was found of them." He used his great influence for the best of all purposes—to bring men to God.

V. Sudden Failure. When "Baasha, king of Israel, came up against Judah... Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the Lord, and sent them to Ben-hadad king of Syria" (chapter 16:1-4). This was a bribe sent to the king of Syria to help him against the king of Judah. Has he forgotten already that Spirit-inspired message of Azariah? (chapter 15:1, 2). Where is his faith now? He began in the spirit. Is he going to end in the flesh? His present unbelief leads him to desecrate the things of God (chapter 15:18). When in his greater trouble with the Ethiopian host he cried unto the Lord and rested on Him, but this is not such a formidable affair, so he thinks to manage it by his own skill and stratagem. God is ignored, and Asa has fallen from grace. Our greatest dangers do not always lie in our greatest temptations, for when we are made conscious of our own helplessness in the face of a great trial, we fortify ourselves by leaning upon God. It is thinking ourselves wise enough and strong enough for the petty occasion that our greatest danger lies. "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:6).

VI. Rebellious Attitude. When Hanani the seer rebuked Asa "because he had relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the Lord his God," Asa, we read, "was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house, for he was in a rage with him because of this thing" (chapter 16:7-10). It is an infallible sign of backsliding when a man gets into a rage at the seer of God because he tells him the truth. Casting the man of vision into the prison does not make the vision any the less true. The man of faith will always be a seer, while the man of unbelief will always be blind. Asa makes no attempt to bribe the seer, but he attempts to bridle his lips. Instead of repenting his folly in putting his trust in an arm of flesh, he seeks to justify himself, even to the condemnation of the warning voice of God. To get beyond repentance is to get beyond the hope of recovery. "If we sin we have an Advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the Righteous" (1 John 2:1).

VII. Miserable End. "Asa... was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceedingly great, yet in his disease he sought not the Lord, but to the physicians" (v. 12). His sin lay not in seeking the help of the physicians, but in not seeking the help of the Lord. Had not his heart been diseased as well as his feet this sin would never have been laid to his charge. A physician may be a gift from God as much as a seer, but when we trust the gift instead of the Giver, we dishonor God, and expose ourselves to failure and death. It is a melancholy fact that this otherwise great and good man's life is closed with these sorrowful words, "He sought not the Lord." "Let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12). Remember the words of the son of Oded, "The Lord is with you while you be with Him" (2 Chronicles 15:2).

JEHOSHAPHAT, THE BACKSLIDER. 2 Chronicles 17, 18.

"The whole Cross is more easily carried than the half. It is the man who tries to make the best of both worlds, who makes nothing of either."—Drummond.

Of how many of God's people it may be said, as was said of the Galatians, "You did run well: who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth?" Although there are always about us hindrances in abundance, that is no reason why those gifted with the wings of faith should be hindered in their spiritual life. Jehoshaphat, like Asa, began well, but his bright morning soon became clouded with the sorrows of failure. His character affords us both encouragement and warning. We see him—

I. Highly Honored. "The Lord was with him" (chapter 17:3). The presence of God with us is an absolute guarantee of success and sufficiency. The reason why God companied with him was "because he walked in the first ways of his father David." The first ways of David, and of his father Asa, were their best days, when their hearts were simple and perfect toward the Lord. He did not make their sins an excuse for not following after the righteousness of God. The blemishes of others are often made a stumbling-block to their virtues. Christ is the only perfect example.

II. Greatly Encouraged. "His heart was encouraged in the ways of the Lord" (v. 6, margin). When Uzziah was made strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction (chapter 26:16). When pride lifts the heart, it is lifted out of the ways of the Lord into the way that leads to defeat and death. It is while we are in the ways of the Lord that we may confidently expect His uplifting. The Lord is not going to encourage that man whose manner of life is opposed to His will. "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:4).

III. Unequally Yoked. "Now Jehoshaphat joined affinity with Ahab" (chapter 18:1). Now, when he "had riches and honor in abundance." Ahab was well known as an enemy to Jehovah. "He did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings that were before him" (1 Kings 16:33). After the friendship was formed there came, of course, the fellowship. "He went down to Ahab to Samaria." The ungodly Ahabs are ever ready enough to have the servants of God to come down to their level. Nehemiah joined no affinity with Tobiah and Sanballat. His answer to them was, "I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down." Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers. What fellowship has light with darkness? The darkness may need the light badly, but the light can have no fellowship with the darkness. While Christ lived on earth He was constantly walking amidst the dense darkness of human sin and guilt, but He had no fellowship with it. No more can you.

IV. Wholly Surrendered. Not to God, but to the scheming, unprincipled Ahab. How are the mighty fallen? "Will you go with me," said Ahab, and Jehoshaphat answered him, "I am as you are" (chapter 18:3). Compromising has resulted in a voluntary captivity. Yet, at bottom, this answer is false, for the man who has known the power and fellowship of God can never be as that man who has ever been a stranger to God. We sell our liberty in Christ whenever we become the bondslave of any man, or the tool of prejudice or fashion. The fear of man brings a snare. As long as Jehoshaphat was pledged to help Ahab, he was useless to help the cause of God. One is your Master, even Christ. Say to Him, "I am as You are" (2 Chronicles 18:3).

V. Secretly Dissatisfied. When Jehoshaphat proposed that inquiry should be made at the Word of the Lord, Ahab at once "gathered together of prophets four hundred men" (v. 5). These unsent prophets were quite unanimous that it was the mind of Jehovah (whom they knew nothing about) that they should "go up." To the king of Judah the testimony of those four hundred prophets sounded so formal and hollow that he knew there was no message from God in it. Neither numbers nor unanimity can constitute the authority of God. Ahab's prophets were ordained to preach "smooth things," and they did it. Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not a prophet of the Lord besides that we may inquire of him?" (v. 6). Four hundred worldly, men-pleasing preachers may be enough to keep an ecclesiastical machine going, but they are not enough to meet the needs of one single anxious soul who desires to know the mind and will of God. Words are not enough to bring settled conviction into the soul. The Christian who is satisfied with a formal powerless ministry has gone farther away from God than Jehoshaphat.

VI. Shamefully Exposed. "The captain of the chariots compassed him about, but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him" (vv. 30, 31). The king of Israel disguised himself, but an arrow shot at a venture found him out. Jehoshaphat confessed and was saved. Be sure your sin will find you out. But what a sorry part the king of Judah plays in this affair! What a picture of abject helplessness in the face of the enemy—he is utterly demoralized. Who is so powerless in the presence of temptation or opposition as the backslider? Yet, when their sin and folly is acknowledged before God, how ready He is to stretch forth His hand and help. Unbelief makes cowards of us all (v. 32).

JEHOSHAPHAT, THE OVERCOMER. 2 Chronicles 19, 20.

Although Jehoshaphat, through his affinity with Ahab, fell into the mire, we do not find him wallowing in it. He must have been deeply ashamed on his return to Jerusalem, when Jehu, the son of the seer, met him with that sharp rebuke, "Should you help the ungodly?" (v. 2). But this good thing was found in him; he had already "prepared his heart to seek God" (v. 3), and God had already marked his repentance. As we have noted in our last study his steps down to failure and shame, we shall note now his upward steps of faith to victory and joy. His work of faith is seen in—

I. Seeking the Restoration of Others. "Jehoshaphat went out again through the people,... and brought them back unto the Lord God" (chapter 19:4). If they had been led away from the Lord through his evil example, now that he was restored in heart, he loses no time in using his influence for their good. The best work we can do for our fellow men is to bring them back to God. In bringing them to Him, we bring them to the source of peace, power, and plenty. We may bring them back to sobriety, and to the Church, without bringing them back to God. Those who seek to bring men to God show their faith in Him.

II. Justifying the Ways of God. "Now let the fear of the Lord be with you,... for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts" (v. 7). These words were spoken to the judges in the land. The basis of their actions was to be the righteousness of God. There is no false dealings with Him, no respect of persons, no taking of bribes. Jehoshaphat found this out to his sorrow and loss when he joined affinity with Ahab, and went to war with him, although Micaiah had warned him in the Name of God about it. But he has learned a lesson, so he now testifies that there is no unrighteousness with God. He will not be bribed to "help the ungodly." "He is the Rock, His work is perfect, a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He" (Deuteronomy 32:4).

III. Warning them of the Evils of Backsliding. "Warn them that they trespass not against the Lord, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren" (v. 10). "Burnt bairns dread the fire." The king has learned by bitter experience that there is a vital connection between the trespass of men and the wrath of God. Man cannot sin with impunity. He who goes over the fence of God's will, the serpent of sin will surely bite him. Outside the will of God is always forbidden ground; it leads to Doubting Castle and the tortures of Giant Despair.

IV. Seeking the Help of God in the Day of Trouble. "After this the children of Moab and the children of Ammon... came against Jehoshaphat to battle" (chapter 20:1). After this—after he had decided to follow the Lord fully—the testing time came. The trial of your faith is more precious than gold. The time was when he might have appealed to Ahab for help, having made a treaty with him, but he looks away from man, and "sets himself to seek the Lord" (v. 3). His example is followed by the whole nation, for they "gathered themselves together to ask help of the Lord" (v. 4). Nations, as well as individuals, must believe in the Lord to be saved. The man of faith knows no other refuge than God Himself (Psalm 46:1). He appeals to God (1) as the Almighty One (v. 6); (2) as the Faithful One (v. 7); (3) as the Trusted One. "Our eyes are upon You" (v. 12). Whatever your trouble is, seek help from God, and expect it.

V. Answered Prayer. Jehoshaphat's faith in God is further evidenced by this sudden answer to his prayer. The Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel, as he stood in the midst of the congregation, with this message, "Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's" (vv. 14, 15). As soon as Jehoshaphat had put his trust in the Lord the battle became His. God takes over the responsibilities of those who cast all their care upon Him. All the man of faith had to do was to "stand still and see the salvation of the Lord" (v. 17). How this was to be done they knew not; it was enough for him that God had promised to do it (Exod. 14:13, 14). Christ fought for us the battle of sin and death. "You shall not need to fight in this battle."

VI. Humble Acceptance. In acknowledgment of God's wondrous grace, he "Bowed his head with his face to the ground,... worshiping the Lord" (v. 18). The revelation of God's saving power has always a head-bowing and heart-hallowing effect upon those to whom it comes in answer to faith and prayer. The true attitude of spiritual victors is that of worshipers. The more deeply we drink of the river of His grace, the more readily shall we bow and worship. He who humbled Himself to the Cross for us has given the death-blow to our pride and self-sufficiency.

VII. Faithful Testimony. "Hear me, O Judah, Believe in the Lord your God, so shall you be established; believe His prophets, so shall you prosper" (v. 20). Jehoshaphat has proved for himself the truth of this, he speaks from experience. Faith in God must lead to faith in His prophets. The fruit of faith is not weakness and instability, but strength and prosperity. The Bible affords us many examples of those who have been strengthened and made successful through their faith in God (see Hebrews 11). "Therefore be not slothful, but followers of them who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises" (Hebrews 6:12).

VIII. Joyful Expectation. "Faith laughs at impossibilities, and says, It shall be done." He believed God, and rejoiced in the hope of a glorious victory. This is seen in his "appointing singers unto the Lord, to go out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord" (v. 21). Happy is that man who can sing praise to God for His bare word of promise, and go on expecting miracles to be wrought. He shall not be disappointed. "Believe, and you shall see." "When they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the enemy,... and they were smitten" (v. 22). "Then they returned with joy" (v. 27). If the singers had been defeated, then might the enemies of the Bible rejoice; but the God of the Old Testament never fails to fulfill the expectations of all those who trust Him. This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.

UZZIAH; or, FAILURE THROUGH PRIDE. 2 Chronicles 26.

Uzziah was but a lad of sixteen when he was crowned king of Judah. His reign was a long one, extending over fifty-two years. It was good for him that he came under the godly influence of the clear-visioned Zechariah, the burden of whose message was, "If you forsake the Lord you cannot prosper" (chapter 24:20). Who can reckon up the full value of that life, which has been illumined with a definite message from God. Zechariah's word had burned its way into the heart of young Uzziah, for in his days he sought God (v. 5). The story of his life reveals to us—

I. An Encouraging Testimony. The writer of the Chronicles tells us that, "As long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper" (v. 5). As long as God got His true place in the life and work of Uzziah, there were no interruptions to the steady march of his rising prosperity. All true and abiding prosperity is "God-made," and the condition of it is seeking to know and how to do His will. Mark that it was "as long as he sought the Lord," and no longer that the divine blessing rested on him and his work. It is ours to go on trusting; it is His to go on blessing.

II. An Assuring Confirmation. "He was marvelously helped until he was strong" (v. 15). God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians (v. 7), to build towers, and to dig many wells (v. 10). He also gave him a great host "that made war with mighty power to help him against the enemy" (v. 13). The help of God is intensely practical. They are always marvelously helped that are helped of God. It is surely God's purpose to make those strong who seek Him, that His will may be done in them. God will still bear them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles and gifts (distributions) of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 2:4). "Be you strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might."

III. A Terrible Fall. "But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction" (v. 16). It is a great privilege to be helped of God and made strong, but every privilege has its corresponding temptation and danger. Peter was made strong to walk on the sea, but even then he began to sink. Elijah was made strong to overcome the wicked works of Ahab, yet afterwards he fled before the wrath of Jezebel. Yes, Uzziah fell.

1. The Cause. "His heart was lifted up." Lifted up through pride and self-confidence. As long as he sought the honor of the Lord, God lifted him up, but now that he seeks to honor himself by assuming the priestly office he falls from the grace of God (v. 18). His position as king gave him no right as priest. A man's worldly position gives him no authority or fitness for the holy ministry. Uzziah, in his presumption, was setting aside the revealed will of God. He must have known that the Levites had been chosen of God from among the children of Israel to do the service of the tabernacle. A solemn warning had also been given: "The stranger that comes near shall be put to death" (Numbers 18:6, 7). But, in his own name, and in his own strength, he would go, so his pride led to his fall. It is of the nature of self-righteousness to despise the work and office of the Priestly Savior.

2. The Effect. "He was a leper unto the day of his death" (v. 21). He was wroth, and would not go back when Azariah the priest remonstrated with him, but when the Lord smote him with leprosy "he hastened to go out" (v. 20). Instead of his work being accepted of God, he was smitten with a curse, and driven out from His presence with a lifelong brand of sin upon him. Like many other lepers, the plague was in his head. Having been smitten with a sense of his presumption and sin, God did not need to cast him out of His holy place, for he himself hastened to go out. The holy presence of God is no place of comfort and rest for the unforgiven sinner. Heaven is no home for those who ignore the work of Christ, who is our Great High Priest. He is the One Mediator between God and man; the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man can come unto the Father but by Him. It was Uzziah's own sin that "cut him off from the house of the Lord" (v. 21). It is the sin of putting proud self in the place of the Lord's Anointed that kindles the wrath of God, and cuts that soul off from fellowship with Him. The man who sets aside God's appointed way of life does it to his own destruction. "There is none other name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."

HEZEKIAH; Or, FEATURES OF A REVIVAL. 2 Chronicles 28, 29.

Lamennais says, "Faith demands action, not tears; it demands of us the power of sacrifice—sole origin of our salvation; it seeks Christians capable of saying, 'We will die for this;' above all, Christians capable of saying, 'We will live tor this.' " The man who can truthfully say, "To me to live is Christ," is revealing Christianity in its sublimest form. Ritual and dogma may have their place, but if the individual life does not manifest itself in bringing glory to God and eternal blessing into the lives of sinful men, they are clouds without water. Hezekiah's revival work was the outcome of his own faith in the Living God— the faith which works by love. We shall try and find some helpful lessons here. We observe some—

I. Evidences that a Revival was Needed.

1. Holy Things are Cut in Pieces. "Ahaz... cut in pieces the vessels of the House of God" (chapter 28:24). These sacred things which had been so useful in the House and service of God became the objects of the wrath and hatred of those who despised Him, whose instruments they were. All those who are seeking to cast discredit upon the books of the Bible are, in their own way, attempting to "cut in pieces the vessels of the House of God." These sixty-six books, which compose the Bible, are so many vessels needed in the House of God for the work of the ministry. Every servant of God is also a vessel in His House, and the ungodly still try, with the sharp tongue of scorn and calumny, to cut their testimony in pieces.

2. The Way of Access is Closed. "He shut up the doors of the House of the Lord" (v. 24). It is surely a sign that a revival is needed when men seek to block the way of others from worshiping God. Ahaz denied Jehovah, then sought to shut others out from the acknowledging of Him as God. There are doors in the temple of every man's heart that may be closed to his own loss and destruction. The door of communion with God may be shut by our love of, and delight in, the things which He hates. Our own unfitness is as a self-closed door. The door of Divine love and light may be closed by our own pride and prejudice. The door of faith and prayer is shut up by the unbelief of our own hearts.

3. The Light of Testimony is Quenched. "They put out the lamps" (chapter 29:7). The lamps of God, aflame with the holy oil, became unbearable to those who loved the darkness of falsehood rather than the light of truth. The Christian's testimony for God is as a flame kindled and sustained by the oil of the Holy Spirit. When this is "put out," it is an insult to God and a grieving of that Spirit, whose character and mission is to make us as a flame of fire. It was a sad experience the foolish virgins had when their lamps went out. It is even the work of the world, the flesh, and the devil to put out the lamp of truth, and to quench the light of testimony, that the darkness of death and desertion may settle down in the House (Church) of God.

4. The Offering of Incense is Given Up. "They have not burned incense" (v. 7). When the lamp of testimony has been put out, the offering up of the incense of prayer and adoration will speedily cease. These two are vitally connected—they live or die together. Testimony for God will be but as sounding brass and tinkling cymbals where the sweet incense of believing prayer is awanting.

5. There is a General Departing from the Worship of God. "Out fathers have forsaken Him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the Lord, and turned their backs" (v. 6). There is great need for a revival when the multitude turn their backs upon the House of God. Of course we do not wonder at many turning away their faces from God's House when the doors are shut up and the lamps out. Polished stones, carved wood, and all sorts of material finery have no attractions for a soul hungering for the Bread of Life. But there are many who turn their backs upon God's provision because they prefer the broken cisterns of their own hewing. To turn the back on God is to turn the face to destruction.

II. Evidences that a Revival had Come. There was—

1. A Personal Consecration. "Hezekiah did that which was right in the sight of the Lord" (chapter 29:2). He began by getting himself put right in the eyes of the Lord. It is one thing to pray for a revival, it is quite another to yield ourselves definitely to God, that His will and work may be done in us and by us. A coming shower of blessing is sure to be heralded by drops falling on some individual soul. Seek to be that soul by personal consecration.

2. The Opening of Closed Doors. "He opened the doors of the House of the Lord" (v. 3). Every avenue of the soul that has been closed through indifference and unbelief will be immediately thrown open, and the light of God's truth will have free access to the heart, which should be the House of the Lord. "Clear the darkened windows, and let the blessed sunshine in." All revival comes from the presence of the Lord, who waits outside the closed door, saying, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear, and open, I will come in."

3. A Casting Out of the Unclean. "Sanctify yourselves, and sanctify the house... and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place" (v. 5). "And the priests went into the inner part, and brought out all the impurity" (v. 16). It is an unmistakable evidence that the power of God's Spirit is moving mightily when His servants take to the work of cleansing the inner part. Out of the heart are the issues of life. If God the Spirit is to dwell in us, the inner sanctuary of the life must be purged of all that is unfitting in His presence. The common Levites had no power to deal with those abominations that were in the inner parts of the temple, the priests had to go in and bring them out to the court, before the Levites could remove them (v. 16). There are evils and hindrances to the work and worship of God that can be seen and dealt with only by those who have had the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Others, like the Levites, may see the sinfulness of certain things, when they have been pointed out, and put them away. "Cleanse You me from secret faults" (Psalm 19:12).

4. Realization of their True Position before God. "The Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister unto Him, and that you should be His ministers, and burn incense" (v. 11, R.V.). A revolution is certain when God's people realize their true relationship to Him as chosen ones.

(1) They are chosen by the Lord—called by His grace.

(2) They are chosen to stand before Him—to wait before Him, and to receive His Word.

(3) Chosen to minister unto Him—to do all in His Name and for His glory. "You are not your own."

(4) Chosen to be His ministers—to carry His Word and will to others.

(5) Chosen to burn incense—to offer unto God the sweet incense of intercessory prayer. You know your calling, brethren; are you walking worthy of it?

THE ROYAL MESSAGE. 2 Chronicles 30:1-12.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine. Let us see if we cannot find some profitable doctrine from the historical facts here chronicled for our spiritual advantage. Observe the—

I. Great Provision. "The priests made an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt-offering and the sin-offering should be made for all Israel" (chapter 29:24). This was the great day of atonement, when reconciliation was made for the people by the blood of sacrifice. The sin-offering speaks of guilt put away, while the burnt-offering declares acceptance with God. There was no message of hope and blessing to the people until the question of sin had been settled. The Gospel of Salvation could only be preached by the apostles after Christ had suffered for us, as the sin-offering; and had risen again, as the burnt-offering. It is through Him we have received the reconciliation (Romans 5:11, R.V.).

II. Urgent Message. These letters, sent from the king, and carried by the posts throughout all Israel, contained—

1. A Call to Repentance. "You children of Israel, turn again unto the Lord God of Abraham" (v. 6). No turning is effectual that is not unto God. The Thessalonians "turned to God from idols." A man may rend his garments and turn to idols, but those whose hearts have been rent will turn to God (Joel 2:13). Repentance is needed, for all have gone astray. God has commanded all men everywhere to repent and believe the Gospel.

2. A Call to Surrender. "Yield yourselves unto the Lord" (v. 8). This royal letter demanded, not only repentance toward God, but a personal consecration of the life to Him. The yielding of ourselves unto God is the evidence that we have in heart turned to Him. "Know you not that your bodies are the members of Christ" (1 Corinthians 6:15). We turn to God for life, then we are to yield ourselves unto Him, as those that are alive from the dead, and our members as instruments of righteousness unto God (Romans 6:13).

3. A Call to Service. "And serve the Lord your God" (v. 8). Acceptable service is the outcome of a consecrated life. Turn, yield, serve—is the royal order. If you are redeemed by the precious Blood of Christ, therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit, which are God's. If you can say, "Whose I am," you ought also to add, "Whom I serve" (Acts 27:23).

4. A Word of Encouragement. "For if you turn unto the Lord, your children shall find compassion... for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away His face from you" (v. 9). This letter, like the Gospel of Christ, contained the only way into a life of true happiness and usefulness.

III. General Invitation. The king's message was to be "proclaimed throughout all Israel, from Beer-sheba even to Dan" (v. 5). From the southern to the northern extremities of the land. Like the Gospel, it was to be preached to every creature (Mark 16:15). All were invited to "keep the Passover unto the Lord." It was for the glory of God that they should keep in memory that terrible night in Egypt, when they were saved through the blood of the lamb. How much more is it to His glory that we should remember the "Blood of His Cross?" To share in this great deliverance, the Gospel of God invites us.

IV. Twofold Result.

1. Some Mocked. "They laughed them to scorn, and mocked them" (v. 10). The poor postmen had to bear their sneers, but it was the God of Israel, who inspired the message, that was mocked and laughed at. The posts, who passed from city to city as itinerant preachers, were not responsible for the message they carried; they were doing the king's business, and with him they had to do. The messengers of the Cross and the King of Glory are so closely linked together that to despise the one is to despise the other. "Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto Me" (Matthew 25:40). Saul was persecuting the saints when the Lord said to him, "Why persecute you Me?" (Acts 9:4).

2. Some Believed. "Nevertheless divers... humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem" (v. 11). No doubt this call was a humbling one. It implied a confession of their sins and a turning away from their own willful, wicked works. It was much easier for some to laugh at the messenger than to do this. Any fool may sneer, but it takes a wise man to repent. Although the Gospel is to be preached to every creature, that does not prove that every creature who hears the message will be saved (Acts 16:34). Only those who repent and believe—who "humble themselves and come" —can partake of the benefits of this Great Passover. Christ, our Passover, sacrificed for us. Whoever will may come.

MANASSEH'S CONVERSION. 2 Chronicles 33:10-13.

"He that finds his Heaven, must lose his sins."—Cowper.

Some lives are virtually blighted and ruined before they are born, because of hereditary tendencies. Manasseh had everything in his favor, being the son of a godly father, yet, in point of principle, he was a moral wreck. How much his mother or his counselors were to blame for this it is difficult to say, but he proved himself to be an enemy to his father and to his God. We note his—

I. Rebellion. To all who feared the Lord, his reign was the "reign of terror." There was an utter disregard to his father's godly example. "He built again the high places which his father had broken down" (v. 3). But not only so, he was possessed with such an evil spirit that he would have his own will and way, to the dishonor and defiance of God, by setting up his own idol in the House of God (v. 7). The essence of rebellion against the Lord is: Not Your will, but mine be done. The Dagon of self is often set up in the temple of God. It is said that Sir John Sloane had the heartless sayings of his unnatural son pasted together, framed and glazed, and hung up on the wall, with these words printed underneath: "Death-blows given to his mother, by George Sloane." Is not every sin a death-blow given by the sinner to the grace and mercy of God?

II. Warning. "The Lord spoke unto Manasseh, and to his people, but they would not hearken" (v. 10). In some way or other God made the young king to know that he was living a life at enmity with Him. If he had no special message sent by the prophet Isaiah, whom he probably caused to be sawn asunder, he had the commandments and ordinances given by the hand of Moses (v. 8). In mercy, God warns before He strikes in judgment. The warning may come through some providential earthquake, or by the still small voice of conscience, or, perhaps, through the lips of some heaven-sent messenger. Not to "hearken" is to continue an unholy warfare against the Almighty.

III. Defeat. "They took Manasseh among the thorns (hooks), and bound him with fetters" (v. 11). Because he denied the Lord, the Lord brought the host of Assyria against him. National backsliding brought national defeat. This is an established principle in the government of God, as the book of Judges, and all past history, clearly teach. As it is nationally, so is it individually. The soul that sins, it shall die. Defeat and bondage like ravenous wolves, will, sooner or later, overtake the God-defying sinner. The Lord has many an unexpected way of "hooking" His enemies. He hooked Saul of Tarsus on his way to Damascus, with the light of truth. Manasseh was hooked with the irons of affliction and reproach (Psalm 107:10, 11). What is man that he should boast himself against God? At any moment He may thrust in His hook of authority, and hurl back the rebel into everlasting doom.

IV. Surrender. "When he was in affliction he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before God" (v. 12). While in his affliction and solitary confinement, his guilty past, in all its ghastliness, stares him in the face. He sees that the forces against him are overwhelming, and yields himself a prisoner unto God. Never did an enemy sue for peace more earnestly than did the subdued Manasseh. His repentance was real—he humbled himself and sought the Lord. Before, he sought to slay the truth of God by resisting it; but the truth has conquered. A drunken sailor was once brought to his knees by a Christian worker tenderly saying to him, "Jack, you had a mother." Sometimes memory, as well as patience, has its perfect work. There can be no real repentance that does not lead to God. A man might tremble, as Felix did, or be as deeply convicted as Agrippa, and yet never repent. Feeling sorry for sin, and resolving to do better in the future, is not the repentance that brings life. If our bitterness of soul does not constrain us to seek the forgiveness of God, and to yield ourselves to Him, it is a repentance that needs to be repented of. The evidence of the prodigal's repentance was that "he came to his father" (Luke 15).

V. Victory. "The Lord heard his supplications, and brought him again to Jerusalem, into his kingdom" (v. 13). He comes back a new man to live a new life. Old things have passed away; all things have become new. His was a great deliverance, as all God's deliverances are. He was emancipated from a wicked self and a terrible past by being made a new creation through the grace of God. He only now begins to live; his past life has brought forth nothing but failure and shame. Manasseh is the Saul of the Old Testament. God can save the worst of sinners, but only by the way of repentance and faith. Although this is an example of the grace of God, there is no encouragement to continue in sin, that grace may abound. If one dying thief was saved, that is no proof that other dying thieves will. Although one Blondin crossed the Niagara on a rope, that is no guarantee that anybody could do it. God has commanded all men to repent and believe the Gospel. "Then Manasseh knew that the Lord, He was God" (2 Chronicles 33:13). He knew Him now because he had experienced His saving and restoring power.

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