Highlights of 2 Chronicles – the history of Israel
2 Chronicles continues the history of Israel that was begun in 1 Chronicles.
This book covers much of the material in 1 and 2 Kings.
But it focuses on the southern kingdom of Judah, not the kings of the northern 10 tribes of Israel.
The outline below may be helpful.
Chapters 1-9:- The glory of Solomon’s reign and the construction and dedication of the temple
Chapters 10-36:- The 20 kings of Judah to the fall of Jerusalem
Chapter 1: Solomon established as king.
Chapters 2:1–5:1: The building of the temple.
Chapters 5:2–8:16: Dedication of the temple.
Chapters 8:17–9:31: Relationship with surrounding nations.
Chapters 10-12: Rehoboam.
Chapter 13: Abijah.
Chapters 14-16: Asa.
Chapters 17:1–21:3: Jehoshaphat.
Chapter 21:4-20: Jehoram (also called Joram).
Chapter 22:1-9: Ahaziah.
Chapters 22:10–23:21: Athaliah.
Chapter 24: Joash (also called Jehoash).
Chapter 25: Amaziah.
Chapter 26: Uzziah (also called Azariah).
Chapter 27: Jotham.
Chapter 28: Ahaz.
Chapters 29-32: Hezekiah.
Chapter 33:1-20: Manasseh.
Chapter 33:21-25: Amon.
Chapters 34-35: Josiah.
Chapter 36:1-3: Jehoahaz (also called Shallum).
Chapter 36:4-8: Jehoiakim (also called Eliakim).
Chapter 36:9-10: Jehoiachin (also called Jeconiah).
Chapter 36:11-21: Zedekiah (also called Mattaniah); fall of Jerusalem and exile.
Chapter 36:22-23: decree of Cyrus, around 538 B.C.
Some of these kings were pleasing God, while others wicked.
When individuals made seeking and pleasing God a top priority in their lives, they received blessings in this life, as well as promises of a glorious future.
The opposite is also true.
Those who rejected God and His commandments brought adversity, hardship and suffering on themselves in the long run and earned the penalty of death.
What do we learn from the life of these kings?
We can learn that
Put God first.
We must put God first in our minds, actions and daily lives.
Are we allowing other things to come before our relationship and worship of the true God?
Are we making God’s will our will?
In today’s society where we are encouraged to satisfy our own personal needs and desires.
So most of the time we exclude God and the Bible.
Are we willing to give God’s will precedence above our own?
Avoid pride and arrogance.
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6),
“everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 16:5).
So…… as prophet Jeremiah states, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
This is a wonderful promise.
If we hear God’s calling and truly seek His will in our lives, He will respond and lead us toward His Kingdom and eternal life.
Let’s ask ourselves…
Is there anything in this world that is more important?
“Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God.”
Jooley Mathew Z