Thursday, May 23, 2013

2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles continues the religious history of the elect people and focuses primarily on the kingdom of Judah. The history extends from Solomon up to the Babylonian exile. The most distinctive feature of 2 Chronicles is the speeches of faithful kings and prophets.

2 Chronicles can be outlined as follows:

·         2 Chronicles 1-9          The reign of Solomon
·         2 Chronicles 10-36      The Kings of Judah
·         2 Chronicles                Concludes with an account of the destruction of Jerusalem                                      by the army of Babylon. The final word, however, is a                                      word of hope (2 Chronicles 36:22-23) that is repeated in the                                 beginning of Ezra.

            The Chronicles are “holy history” and are more interested in the spiritual state of the nation than the interplay of politics and power. The vital lesson to be learned in reading Chronicles is that God is at work in history.

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