Category Archives: II Chronicles

II Chronicles 36:20-23; Ezra 1-2 — Called by name

And so after about ten months, we finally come to the end of II Chronicles.  Sometimes I thought we’d never get to the end of Kings and Chronicles. But here, and at the beginning of Ezra, we see the return … Continue reading

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II Kings 25:1-21; II Chronicles 36:11-21; Jeremiah 39: 1-10; Jeremiah 52 — Reasons for the fall

This is one of the few times in scripture that the same event is talked about in four different places.  Jeremiah 52 appears to be a historical appendix, however, and seems to have been added by someone other than Jeremiah.  … Continue reading

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II Kings 24:8-17; II Chronicles 36:9-10; Jeremiah 24 — God’s choice, our choice

The sovereignty of God and the free will of man is one of those things that has been a long-standing debate in the Christian world.  We see this tension in this passage, so we’ll discuss it a bit here, but … Continue reading

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II Kings 23-24; II Chronicles 36; Jeremiah 22 — To know God

The last four kings after Josiah can all be basically painted bad.  Jehoahaz (known as Shallum in Jeremiah 22), Jehoakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah all were miserable failures as kings.  We’ll take a closer look at the latter three later, but … Continue reading

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II Kings 23:29-30; II Chronicles 35:20-27 — One bad choice

Choice.  It is a gift.  And a responsibility.  Every day, we have choices in life that we face.  Some choices are mundane.  What to have for breakfast.  Whether to drive or take a bus or train to work. Other decisions … Continue reading

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II Kings 23:1-28; II Chronicles 34-35 — A superficial repentance

We now come to the beginning of the end for Judah.  Josiah was the last great king of Judah.  And on the surface, it looks like there was true repentance under his leadership.  He destroyed the false idols and altars.  … Continue reading

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II Kings 22; II Chronicles 34 — Living life without the Book

You know that things were a mess spiritually for the people of Judah when their own priests had no idea where God’s book of the Law was.  It’s utterly inconceivable to me.  How in the world could the priests teach … Continue reading

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II Kings 22:1-2; II Chronicles 34:1-8 — Cleaning out the junk

I’ll admit it.  I’m a pack rat.  I just have a tendency to keep unwanted and unneeded things around.  It’s my nature I guess. I would guess there are many people around like me.  But if there’s one thing that … Continue reading

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II Kings 21:19-25; II Chronicles 33:21-25 — Increasing our guilt

Hey!  Finally!  We’re back in the books of Kings and Chronicles…if only for a short time. The story of Amon, son of Manasseh, is very short, but not very sweet.  Like Manasseh, Amon got into all kinds of idolatries and … Continue reading

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II Kings 21:1-18; II Chronicles 33 — Never too late

“It’s too late for me son.” George Lucas called the Star Wars saga the redemption of Darth Vader.  How a young man got corrupted by evil but was eventually brought out of it through the love of his son. In … Continue reading

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II Kings 20:12-21; II Chronicles 32:24-33; Isaiah 39 — Forgetting God’s grace

It’s amazing to me that after all God had done for Hezekiah, that he still forgot God’s grace in his life.  It says in II Chronicles 32:25 But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness … Continue reading

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Isaiah 36-37; II Kings 18-19; II Chronicles 32:6-23 — Laying our problems before God

Hezekiah had finally turned his heart back to God, but it was still troubling times for the people of Judah, as Assyria was still bent on taking Jerusalem. But with his faith in God restored and perhaps taking heart from … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 32:1-5, 24-26; II Kings 20:1-11; Isaiah 38 — Humbled

Once again, a small caveat on the chronology of events:  I’m purely guessing here.  Unfortunately, the Bible doesn’t put in one book, the blow by blow events of what happened.  So all I can do is try to piece together … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 30-31 — Qualities of a leader

For some reason, the verbs associated with Hezekiah in these two chapters really strike me.  And they’re words that show the qualities God wants in his leaders.  What are they? Hezekiah prayed for his people (30:18).  In this case, there … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 30-31 — A call to repentance

One of the interesting things in this passage was that at a time when there were probably still hard feelings between Israel and Judah, Hezekiah reached out to the remnant that remained in the northern kingdom after the Assyrians had … Continue reading

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II Kings 18:1-12; II Chronicles 29 — Returning to God

It’s been a while since we’ve hit the history books.  Time to get back in it.  And here we run into one of the great kings of Judah, Hezekiah.  The writer of Kings says of him, There was no one … Continue reading

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II Kings 16:10-16; II Chronicles 28:5-15; Isaiah 8-9 — A rock to stand on; a rock to stumble over.

Compromise.  It’s so easy to do, especially when it comes to our faith.  And God asks us to make a decision.  Will we stand for him?  Or give in to the pressure around us? Two prophets of God, Oded and … Continue reading

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II Kings 16; II Chronicles 28; Isaiah 7-8 — Who do you fear? Who do you trust?

As I mentioned before, when Ahaz son of Jotham took the throne in Judah, he led the people further into idolatry.  It says in Kings and Chronicles that he started making idols for worshiping the Baals and that he even … Continue reading

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II Kings 15:32-38; II Chronicles 27:1-9 — Almost perfect

In this passage, we have a very short account of the reign of King Jotham of Judah.  For the most part, he was a good king.  It says in II Chronicles, He did what was right in the eyes of … Continue reading

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II Kings 15:1-7; II Chronicles 26 — Where pride leads

Like father, like son.  That’s the tale of Amaziah and Uzziah (also known as Azariah).  Both started out well, but then gave into their own pride. In Uzziah’s case, he got some godly counsel from a man named Zechariah (not … Continue reading

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II Kings 14:1-21; II Chronicles 25 — How we respond to God’s word

Pride would be the downfall of Judah’s next two kings, Amaziah and Uzziah.  In the case of Amaziah, his problem can be summed up in II Chronicles 25:2 where it says, He did what was right in the eyes of … Continue reading

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II Kings 12:17-21; II Chronicles 24:14-27 — The little boy who never grew up

The little boy who never grew up.  Kind of sounds like Peter Pan, doesn’t it? It also describes Joash, unfortunately.  Raised and mentored by Jehoiada the priest, Joash served the Lord for the first part of his life.  He even … Continue reading

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II Kings 12:1-16; II Chronicles 24:1-16 — Getting our temples cleaned up

Joash, under the tutelage of Jehoiada the priest, got off to a good start.  One thing he wanted to do early in his reign was to restore the temple.  The temple had been damaged, probably during the reign of Ahaziah … Continue reading

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II Kings 11; II Chronicles 22-23 — The rightful king

One wonders what Jehoshaphat would have done if he had only seen the future.  He had made an alliance with Ahab’s family through the marriage of his son to Athaliah, Ahab’s daughter.  What would Jehoshaphat have thought if he had … Continue reading

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II Kings 9-10 — Doing the right thing (or the wrong thing) for the wrong reasons

Jehu had a mixed legacy as king of Israel.  On one hand, he fulfilled God’s will in destroying the house of Ahab, for which he was commended.  God told him that because of this, his dynasty would last four generations.  … Continue reading

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II Kings 8:25-27; II Chronicles 22:1-5 — Who to listen to?

There was an old song in the 80s that said, You’ve got to know who to, who not to listen to. They’re gonna hit you from all sides. You’ve gotta make up your mind who to, who not to listen … Continue reading

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II Kings 8-9; II Chronicles 22 — Contradictions?

One interesting thing about trying to chronologicalize the events set forth in Kings and Chronicles is that the details are not always exactly the same.  In fact, there are times when they seem downright contradictory.  The death of Ahaziah (that … Continue reading

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II Kings 8:16-24; II Chronicles 21 — Ignoring God’s warnings

I wish sometimes that the Israelites had been a bit more creative in naming their children.  It gets a little confusing to keep track of sometimes.  First you have Ahaziah, king of Israel, and Joram (short for Jehoram) his brother … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 20 — When we don’t know what to do

Sometimes we bring problems upon ourselves.  Other times, problems come searching for us.  And in this case, problems came searching for Jehoshaphat. Three peoples banded together into a huge army to attack Judah.  Judah was hopelessly outnumbered.  There seemed to … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 19:3-11 — Under authority

For all his mistakes in making unwise alliances, Jehoshaphat truly did love the Lord.  Jehu noted this even as he rebuked Jehoshaphat saying, There is, however, some good in you, for you have rid the land of Asherah poles and … Continue reading

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I Kings 22:1-49; II Chronicles 18-20 — Unwise associations

Jehoshaphat was by all accounts a good king.  He was a man that loved God, and wanted to do what was right.  But he had one major fault.  He was very unwise in his associations, and more than once, it … Continue reading

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I Kings 15:8-22; II Chronicles 14-16 — Starting well, finishing badly

“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish that’s important.” Very cliche, perhaps, but also very true.  And it’s exemplified in the life of Asa, king of Judah.  He had a very good start to his reign as king.  … Continue reading

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I Kings 15:1-8; II Chronicles 13 — Whole-heart, half-heart, no heart

If you look at the Chronicles description of Abijah, you would think that he was a pretty good king.  He sure sounded good in his speech to Jeroboam before their battle, and God did help the people of Judah defeat … Continue reading

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I Kings 14:21-31; II Chronicles 11:5-12:16 — The difference between serving God and serving sin

Jeroboam got off to a bad start and never did climb his way out of the pit.  For that matter, it seems he never tried.  Rehoboam, however, didn’t do much better. All the priests, Levites, and other God-fearing people went … Continue reading

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I Kings 12:1-24; II Chronicles 10:1-4 — Hearing only what you want to hear

King Solomon wrote about how vain it can be trying to build up your estate and your business because you don’t know what will happen when you die.  The person following in your footsteps may be a fool, and destroy … Continue reading

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I Kings 11:14-41; II Chronicles 9:29-31 — When God disciplines

Is God punishing me?  Sometimes when people are going through tough times in life, they ask that question. Actually, I think that most of the time, we bring hard times on our own selves.  The hard times we go through … Continue reading

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I Kings 11:1-13 — Spiritual adultery

I was talking to a student recently, and he told me that his wife was counseling a friend whose husband was apparently having an affair.  My student was friends with the husband, and what my student told his wife was, … Continue reading

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I Kings 10:1-13; II Chronicles 9:1-12 — How the world should see us

How do the people see you?  What do they hear about you? Solomon is an example for us all, when it comes to this.  When people spoke of him, they spoke of his great wisdom.  So much so, that the … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 7:11-16 — If we desire to see healing for our land

This is probably one of my favorite passages in scripture.  And probably one of the most important if we desire to see healing in our land. Solomon had prayed that if God allowed disaster to come upon Israel because of … Continue reading

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I Kings 9:1-9; II Chronicles 7:17-22 — How to lose everything

Solomon had everything.  Wealth, power, wisdom, everything he could’ve wanted.  And God told him that as long as he and his descendants followed him with all their hearts and obeyed him, their dynasty would continue forever, and that God’s eyes … Continue reading

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I Kings 8:22-53; II Chronicles 6:12-42 — A prayer for the temple of God

As I look at the prayer Solomon prayed for the dedication of the temple, I see many things we should be praying about our own lives as the temple of God. One thing Solomon prayed is that the temple would … Continue reading

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I Kings 8:1-11; II Chronicles 5 — What makes the temple, the temple

Solomon made a beautiful temple.  Its beauty was unsurpassed by anything else ever built in Israel up to that time. And yet for all its beauty, it was just a building.  A beautiful building, but just a building nonetheless.  And … Continue reading

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I Kings 5-7; II Chronicles 2-4 — A God that cannot be contained…yet is.

When you read about the temple that Solomon built, it’s really amazing to think about how beautiful it must’ve been.  I would’ve loved to have seen it. But for all its beauty, Solomon said, But who is able to build … Continue reading

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I Kings 3; II Chronicles 1 — Mirroring the values of God

It’s like a dream isn’t it?  God asking you what you would like to have and then granting it.  What would you have asked for? I could think of a lot of things.  My house loan paid off.  A better … Continue reading

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