Wonderful Account from ‘2nd Chronicles’

The best way to describe  Second Chronicles , is searching for God in a history lesson. The book is about Hope.

Solomon set his sights high. Solomon is given an open promise and he chooses what he needs, rather  than what most pf us probably ask for, fame and fortune. Solomon choice was for wisdom and knowledge.

2 Chronicles 1 verse 10: “Now grant me wisdom and knowledge so that i may lead these people, for who can judge this great people of Yours?”

God answers 2 Chronicles 1 verses 11 and 12:

V12, “wisdom and knowledge are given to you, I will also give you riches, wealth and glory, such that it was not like this for the kings who were before you, nor will it be for those after you,”

Solomon’s sense of responsibly appears from:

A sense of knowing what is right, he is on earth to do an important job, and he wants to do his best.

A sense of gratitude, God is good and has chosen him, Solomon wants to honor his debt to God, for choosing him.

A sense of recognition that the people he leads are God’s, not his Solomon recognizes he is a servant of God, and wants to do His work.

A willingness to reflect the heart of God. God rules the world by wisdom, and Solomon asks for wisdom ‘in God’s name’ which is according to his Character and will.

Solomon builds the Temple, 2 Chronicles 3 verse 1 to 17: On a hilltop overlooking Jerusalem . Solomon builds the first of only three temples the Jews have ever had. In the Temple, Jews will offer sacrifices to God for 4oo years.until Babylonians invaders destroy the building.

How to plan building projects and stay spiritual: 2 Chronicles 2: One thing that stands out here is that Solomon was willing to use secular craftsmen for God’s work. All of our gifts originate from the Creator, and indeed bringing in unbelievers to help with the work. might bring about their interest in God in Whom the temple was dedicated.

Israel spit into two nations: 2 Chronicles 10 verse 1 to 19: By the time Solomon dies, the people of Israel are tired of paying taxes to support the kings administration. The people ask Solomon’s successor  for some relief, but His responds harshly. The Northern tribe secedes, start their own nation that they will call Israel, and appoint their own King. Only the tribe of Judah in the south remains loyal to the descendants of David.

The Kings: 2 Chronicles 10 verse 1 to 36 verse 23: This section covering the kings after Solomon focuses almost exclusively on the Kings of Judah> Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Jeroram, Ahaziah, Athaliah, Joash, AMaziah, Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaxz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, amon, Josiash, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, Zedekiah.

Prophets rise through royal corruption: 2 Chronicles 11 and 12: Now the nation has divided into two. The Kings no longer have the wisdom of Solomon, nor the piety of David. The Kings of both countries embark on patterns, we saw back in Judges. The best of them prosper, others grow complacent, compromise the faith in some way causing themselves and others to suffer.

Listen before you decide what to do: 2 Chronicles 17 to 20: Conflicts sometimes arise because what one person thinks another is saying is not the case. We all have selective hearing we hear what we want to hear. Judging what is right in a situation is always difficult. It requires listening to God, before we make detailed plans.

Golden age ruined: 2 Chronicles 26: Sin {wrong-doings} separates, it breaks relationships. even the best of times can be tarnished by something that seems trivial to us, but not to God.

Corrupt religion grips the land: 2 Chronicles 28: They take on many gods, this denying the sovereignty of the One True God. breaking the First Commandment. They worship images braking the Second Commandment. They fell into spiritual bankruptcy.

Conversion to the ways of God offers hope for all of us: 2 Chronicles 33: People in trouble often turn to religion, giving others a reason to dismiss faith as a crutch for the desperate. However there is built in sense in all of us, and we have a common reaction, that deep down everyone wants ti know there is a God that loves them> Nobody is too hard for God to crack. Therefor we should always be praying for all people to come to know Our Lord and Our Friend, again because nothing is impossible to God.

Key verse: 2 Chronicles 20 verse 21: “Give thanks to the Lord for His Faithfulness endures forever.”

This was 2 Chronicles at a glance, there is a lot more, we all can glean from 2 Chronicles, read it and enjoy.

God Bless.

O F J.

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