• William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 10, 2021

Daily Reading: I Chronicles 28- II Chronicles 1

II Chronicles 1:1 And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.

The spotlight moves -- I Chronicles ends with David and II Chronicles begins with Solomon. The second of these volumes is a wild read. It takes the reader from the glory of Israel's greatest days to the ugliness of its divided monarchy unto Cyrus' decree to rebuild Jerusalem. It is the longest book of the books of history, as it covers almost 400 years. One of the overriding themes of this book is the continual reminder of why Israel, God's chosen nation, fell into bondage. The cause? Lack of obedience to God's Word.

While reading the events of the books of Chronicles remember that they are a compliment, or supplement, to the books of the Kings. Only by studying one in conjunction with the other can a person get the complete record of all that God wants us to know. This is very much like the four Gospels. One is great, but all four give the total picture to the reader. One writer may omit something the other writer includes. By having a working knowledge of them all, anyone can rightly divide the Word of God, as we are told to do in II Timothy 2:15.

Another theme to watch for is the relationships between the kings of Israel and the prophets of God. Those that believed, thereby obeying, the prophets (as they faithfully proclaimed the true Word of God) were prosperous and blessed. Those who rejected the prophets’ message received the same from the Lord God; rejection.

Solomon's temple is completed and utilized during the opening chapters of the book of II Chronicles. Interestingly enough, its life was short lived as it was plundered just five years after Solomon's death, a short forty-five years. The Tabernacle as constructed by Moses was used for around four hundred years in comparison. The other temples that followed Solomon's were Zerubbabel's Temple, which was built after the return from captivity and stood for five hundred years. Then Herod's Temple which was the one being used during the life of Jesus. It was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. Then of course Jesus' body was a Temple and believers today are said to be temples in I Corinthians 6:19.

There is much to learn and much to teach in and through the book of II Chronicles. Enjoy the read.

Until tomorrow, learn of Christ today.

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