April 29, 2 Chronicles 29-32

 

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At first, we think we are reading about another king in a long list of kings who started strong, but faded with a thump.  Hezekiah, though, is different.  Yes, he started strong and let pride get the best of him, which led to his difficulty.  It sounds like the same song just a different king. Then, we read, “Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart.” There it is!  There’s the difference!  Repentance!

How refreshing to hear of this repentance!  More refreshing would be your own repentance today for any sin in your life.

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April 28

 

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It might be helpful to organize a list of those who served as king as recorded in these chapters of 2 Chronicles with a phrase summary about their reign.  I list them according to the chapter of 2 Chronicles. Remember, with the exception of Solomon, the other kings only reigned over Judah.

 6-9      Solomon         great wealth and wisdom
10-12  Rehoboam     built up defenses around Jerusalem, but did evil, and did not seek        the Lord.
13        Abijah             constant civil war with Israel
14-16  Asa                 Godly leader in beginning, but died not seeking the Lord
17-20  Jehoshaphat  Continued reforms of Asa
21        Jehoram         did evil; killed all of his brothers; married the daughter of Ahab (Israel’s king)
22        Ahaziah          reigned 1 year; continued evil of Jehoram
22        Athaliah          wife of Jehoram, mother of Ahaziah; did evil
23-24  Joash              made king by the covenant of the priests; repaired temple
25        Amaziah         inconsistent in his actions
26        Uzziah pride was his downfall; God struck him with leprosy
27        Jotham           good king; walked steadfastly before the Lord
28        Ahaz               bad king; offered sacrifices to false gods

In addition to these kings, the other people of prominence in the book are the prophets.  Sometimes the prophets are named like Elijah (21:12ff.).  Other times the prophets are not named—an anonymous man of God speaking to Amaziah (25:7 and 15).  These prophets warn the kings that their behavior is not acceptable.  Often times the kings resisted the messages and became angry at the warnings.  (See 25:16 as an example.)  How does God try to get our attention today?  Unlike these kings, we have God’s written word to get our attention.  However, God still uses people to get our attention.  We must be sensitive to the people that God places before us.  We must ask God for discernment in recognizing true and false prophets.  We always measure prophets by their agreement with God’s word.

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April 27, 2 Chronicles 26-28

 

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Today’s reading covers three more kings.  When Uzziah sought God, God blessed him with success.  When Uzziah grew proud, God struck him with disease.  Jotham grew powerful because he sought the LORD.  Ahaz was evil, and he never had a chance.  I think we have seen this story before, so why can’t we learn the lesson?  As God said to Asa through Hanani the seer, He is looking to “strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”

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April 26, 2 Chronicles 21-25

 

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Again, we see in today’s reading some lessons we already have encountered. With Jehoram in chapter 21, we see that we reap what we sow.  (Go back and read the summary of Jehoram’s life in 21:20.  Ouch!  That is not a good epitaph.)  This is a lesson from Genesis to Revelation.  Why do we have such a hard time learning the lesson that has been proven over and over again? From Joash in chapter 24, we learn again the tragedy of not finishing well. From Amaziah in chapter 25, we learn the tragedy of not following the LORD wholeheartedly.

In many respects, the chapters we have read today serve as a microcosm of the entire history of Israel and Judah.  There were times when they obeyed the LORD and they reaped the benefits.  However, far too often, Israel disobeyed and reaped the consequences of their disobedience.

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April 25, 2 Chronicles 17-20

 

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We have learned that sometimes we learn from positive examples while at other times we learn from negative examples.  Today, we learn from one man, King Jehoshaphat, both a positive and a negative example.  We first learn a positive example in chapter 17.  King Jehoshaphat dispatched teachers of the Book of the Law to all the towns of Judah.  This practice served the kingdom well.  I often think how we spend our time writing letters, having rallies, and calling lawmakers, but to little avail.  I try to remind myself often that nothing is going to create change in our society like the kind of change created when people are changed by the Word of God.

The good lesson example of Jehoshaphat continues in chapter 18 as he seeks the counsel of the LORD as to whether to go to war.  Unfortunately, this is where we begin to learn from the bad example set by Jehoshaphat.  Instead of completely trusting in God, he begins to make alliances with the wicked kings of Israel.

There is yet another positive lesson to learn from Jehoshaphat, though.  The prayer that he prays as recorded in chapter 20 is one of my favorite.  Here is the real essence of what it means to pray.  Notice especially verse 12.  “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”

Think about some overwhelming circumstance in your life today and make this your prayer.

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