2 Chronicles - Overview

Jim Watt jmbetter at gmail.com
Tue Aug 4 10:15:02 PDT 2009


*Jim & Marie Watt*

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*August 4, 2009



 *1. 1:1 (1) SOLOMON'S EARLY ESTABLISHMENT. “And Solomon the son of David
was strengthened in his kingdom, and Jehovah his God was with him, and
magnified him exceedingly.” *Such splendor, such majesty, such magnificence
has never been seen before or since. Only the Majesty of Your Kingdom
Father, of which Solomon is but a faint type, eclipses it! *Hallowed be your

 *2. 7:14 (2-7) SOLOMON BUILDS THE TEMPLE. “If my people, who are called by
my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from
their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land.” *Whenever we forsake You Father, whenever we lose
that Personal, Passionate devotion to Jesus; recall us to this Word,
obedience to it, that Your will be restored to us in prominence. *Your
:kingdom come.*

 *3. 9:22-23 (8-9) SOLOMON IN ALL HIS GLORY. “So king Solomon exceeded all
the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 23 And all the kings of the
earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put
in his heart.” *All this abundant provision and wisdom came from Your hand,
Father. You are the one who gave it all! *Your :will be done, As in heaven,
so on earth.*

 *4. 10:19 (10) DISRUPTION” OF THE KINGDOM. “So Israel rebelled against the
house of David unto this day.” *Still, all things work together for good, to
them who love You Father, who are called for Your purpose! Today we look
back, and the lessons we learn, save us from similar error. O forgive us
that so often we fail to learn from history, and are destined to repeat the
sins of our fathers! *Our :daily :bread Give us this day.*

 *5. 21:7 (11-26) FIRST NINE KINGS OF JUDAH. “However Jehovah would not
destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with
David, and as he promised to give a lamp to him and to his children alway.”
*May we never underestimate the importance of Covenant from Your point of
view, Father! For even when we break Covenant with You, You remember Your
Covenant with us! *And forgive us our :debts, As we also have forgiven our

 *6. 31:1b (27:1-36:13) LAST TEN KINGS OF JUDAH. “All Israel that were
present went out to the cities of Judah, and broke in pieces the pillars,
and hewed down the Asherim, and broke down the high places and the altars
out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had
destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to
his possession, into their own cities.” *This is the way to treat the works
of the enemy! *And bring us not into temptation.*

 *7. 36:22 (36:14-23) DEPORTATION-EDICT OF CYRUS. “Now in the first year of
Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of Jehovah by the mouth of Jeremiah
might be accomplished, Jehovah stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of
Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put
it also in writing.” *This is as amazing as the birth of Israel again as a
nation in 1948. May we never limit You in our thinking, Father - as the Holy
One of Israel! *But deliver us from the evil one.*

 *NOTE**: *It was the “High Places” that God particularly hated! Out of some
19 kings of Judah, 9 were good, but two were *very* good: Hezekiah and
Josiah - *they* removed the “high places”! And what are the comparable high
places in New Covenant times? “High Thoughts” in our minds, that we haven't
brought under the control of Christ! See 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (10:1-18) - *“For
though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh 4 (for the
weapons of our :warfare are not of flesh, but mighty before :God unto
casting down of strongholds); 5 casting down reasonings, and every high
thing that is exalted against the knowledge of :God, and bringing every
thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” *Here it is! The Holy
Spirit through Paul spells it out!

 Then look at 2 Chronicles 7:14 - *“If my people, who are called by my name,
shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and
will heal their land.” *This is a favorite of many, and many have memorized
it. Notice that there are 4 conditions, and then 3 promises. Many teachings
in the Old Testament are not just types and shadows. They are moral and
ethical teachings for *all* time. We need to *rightly* divide the Word of
Truth. And we need to remember - for the first few decades of the early
church, all they had were the books of the Old Covenant: the Torah; the
Prophets and the Writings. Until the Canon of the New Testament was added to
the Old and constituted as Torah (Hebrews 8:6) - the traditions of the
spoken word were the key to interpret and apply the Old Covenant. Now the 27
books of the New Testament are the key to understand, interpret and apply
the Old Testament.

 After Solomon “blew it” and God in judgment gave 10 of his tribes to
Jeroboam, and left but Judah and Benjamin to Solomon's son Rehoboam - then
idolatry and rebellion on a tremendous scale entered the Northern Kingdom of
Israel. Soon this spread to Judah, especially under King Manasseh. This
caused God to let Judah go into captivity - some 133 years after Israel.

 But under Cyrus, in answer to prophecy and the extraordinary intercession
of Daniel, God returned 50,000 Jews (and numbers of Israel's 10 tribes) to
their Promised Land, rebuilt their Temple under Ezra, and the Wall of
Jerusalem under Nehemiah. This set the nation up to receive Jesus the
Messiah, with Redemption and Reconciliation as His contribution as Son of
Man, the second Adam. The rest is recounted in detail in the New Testament.
- J.A.W.

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