2 Chronicles 32-33; Psalm 116; Proverbs 28

In these chapters of 2 Chronicles the author recorded the final years of Hezekiah and the full reigns of Manasseh, and Amon—whose collective stories are also found in 2 Kings 18-21.  Not surprisingly, the chronicler gave an expanded account of Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 29-32)—whose faithfulness would have been influential in … Continue reading

2 Chronicles 28-31; Psalms 92, 94; Proverbs 27

One recognizes throughout the Bible that the inspired writers employed literary techniques so as to make the greatest impact with their words.  The historical events recounted in 2 Chronicles 28-31 provided a rich literary contrast for the chronicler.  The evil of King Ahaz provided a dark background for the brightness … Continue reading

2 Chronicles 24-27; Psalms 121, 125, Proverbs 26

These chapters of 2 Chronicles are another example of the esteem the chronicler placed upon the institution of the temple.  He wanted his audience to have the highest of affections for the place where God had promised to meet His people.  He recorded for his audience how: Joash restored the … Continue reading

2 Chronicles 20-23; Psalms 102, 118, 132, 134; Proverbs 25

The chronicler wanted to provide his audience with a theological vision for enduring, even prospering, while yet in subjection to the Persian Empire.  To accomplish this task he walked the returned exiles and their descendants through both the “Golden Age” of Israel, and representatives of the kings of Judah.  Jehoshophat, … Continue reading

2 Chronicles 14-16; Psalms 123, 129; Proverbs 23

In 2 Chronicles 12 the chronicler pithily described things in the south under the reign of Rehoboam: “conditions were good in Judah” (v. 12).  This conclusion was rare in the time of the divided kingdom; it was linked only with the people’s faithful response to the word of the LORD—and … Continue reading

2 Chronicles 6-7; Psalms 46-48, 127; Proverbs 20

The Chronicles of Israel were written by one who was passionate for the edification of the returned exiles and their descendants.  He looked back over the history of God’s people and magnified the LORD’s faithfulness to His chosen ones so as to encourage his fellow Hebrews in their quest to … Continue reading