2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36

You are going to be unglued after this ❤️❤️❤️

Today’s read is short but you need to sit still for a minute and read every word.  231 days ago you started this read and this just might be one of the hardest reads on your heart and the most uplifting at the same time.

Four months ago we started the books Chronicles and 3 months ago we started Kings.  We weaved the History books with most of the Minor and Major prophets. Today we are closing out 2 Books as we wrap up the end of the Captivity.  We close both Kings and Chronicles today.

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Ok, this visual is amazing!  By the end of the week I will post it in “Printables”.  Take a minute to study this!  Find where we are.  The year is 586 BC.

This is the climax of our Summer reading.  I really have no words.  We can sit here and read it from the view of His chosen people being brought into captivity, the priests watching the Temple being destroyed, the prophets giving their life to warn the people, from Nebuchadnezzar as he takes the land OR  we should look at it from’s God’s view.  Re-read the ending one more time.  God is Love.  People are so undeserving of His promises.  You can read this as the Fall of Jerusalem or you can read this as God made a promise; a covenant that he will never break.

The Fall of Jerusalem

15 The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. 17 He brought up against them the king of the Babylonians, who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and did not spare young men or young women, the elderly or the infirm. God gave them all into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar. 18 He carried to Babylon all the articles from the temple of God, both large and small, and the treasures of the Lord’s temple and the treasures of the king and his officials. 19 They set fire to God’s temple and broke down the wall of Jerusalem; they burned all the palaces and destroyed everything of value there.

20 He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his successors until the kingdom of Persia came to power. 21 The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.

22 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

23 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up, and may the Lord their God be with them.’”


***150 years ago*** God sent Isaiah to preach a word of Repentance.  BY NAME God said in Is. 45:

13 I will raise up Cyrus  in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.
He will rebuild my city
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,
    says the Lord Almighty.”

I have tears reading this.  When God makes a promise He keeps it.  We live with a Peace that no matter what mistakes we make God will never let us out of his hand.

John 10:28 says: 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”


I pray that you are forever changed by this read.  I pray we never see captivity as a punishment.  When you hear the words “taken into exile” or the “Babylonian Captivity”, you will now hear “Covenant, Promise, Remnant, Love, Restoration”. 

2 Chronicles 32-33

No, you are not nuts….we have read this before.  2 Kings told this story, then Isaiah, now the Chronicler…..I chose to listen this morning to the read since I didn’t have to underline or take notes. (for once)

recap:

After the Kingdom divided we have:

  • 10 tribes-North called Israel
  • 2 tribes-South called Judah
  • The king of Assyria: Sennacherib attacked and deported the Northern tribes. (722 BC)
  • Now it is year 701 BC (Sennacherib attacks Lachish and sets towards Jerusalem)

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Hezekiah (King of Judah)- You knew that!  Aren’t you amazed with all you have learned…You got this…

Says:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

BUT… Sennacharib (king of Assyria…but you knew that too) says:

15 Now do not let Hezekiah deceive you and mislead you like this. Do not believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to deliver his people from my hand or the hand of my predecessors. How much less will your god deliver you from my hand!”

So guess who showed up!  The Lord!!

20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21 And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king.

Army Of Sennacherib Drawing by Gustave Dore

BUT even though Hezekiah did everything right…No one in the Bible is without fault except Jesus…NO ONE.  Hezekiah became prideful.

26 Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come on them during the days of Hezekiah.

(BUT it will happen in 150 years)


Chapter 33-Manasseh


So we read about him yesterday and what a HORRIBLE king he was BUT God is in the business of restoration!   My favorite story in the Bible reminds me every day: Jesus said in Matthew 9

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice. ’For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


Manassah-13 And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God. ❤️❤️❤️

Then we have King Amon….😵  Another bad king…

2 Kings 18:1-8 (only) and 2 Chronicles 29-31 and Psalm 48

Click here to read *yes some of this may seem ‘skimmable’ BUT it’s good.

THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE READS TODAY!  I hung on every word.  Two reasons:

  1. I get to take so many details and see if they ‘make sense to the whole story.  I truly think you are going to read this and realize you have absorbed a lot more than you thought.
  2. This read is not about Hezekiah.  It is about God’s Mercy, Grace, Patience, Love, and Forgiveness!!

OK…I am pumped!  Read 2 kings the first 8 verses only.   Hezekiah King of Judah.  (refresh: The nation that has the Davidic Covenant, the nation that will be exiled BUT a remnant of people will survive, the nation that every once in a while has a good King).

I am Team Hezekiah!!

He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.)

Nehushtan - Sunset Church of Christ in Springfield MO

I could make a sermon out of this!  What God made for good, man made evil.  Anything that we worship, even in the “Church world” is idolatry.    (You can skip this part if you remember the story)

On March 4th (that was 136 days ago!)

Numbers 22

They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[c] to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

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Well, who has John 3:16 memorized besides Tim Tebow?  Well, what is the scripture JUST before it??

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

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What was a beautiful foreshadow of healing through FAITH became an act of idolatrous worship.  And YES every time I see an ambulance I am reminded to PRAY for Healing through my Faith (even though the symbol is from Greek mythology, Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing)

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Sorry, I fell down a rabbit hole on that.


2 Chronicles 29- Same story…a lot more words.  Why?  Who wrote it?  (Yes I know God wrote it silly) I mean who did God use to write it?  Ezra.  Ezra was a priest, and the Chronicles were written for the remnant people that return after the captivity to rebuild the Temple.(you knew that)  So if we are in a ‘good’ period Ezra will want to write MORE so the Israelites feel encouraged when they read this.  (It’s like reading the American History Books…only the good stuff is in there 😂). When you read it, you will definitely see that a Priest wrote it.  Lots of sacrifices…Geneology…musicians…temple….etc.

So look for all the beautiful details in this chapter:

(Trivia: Which Levite family was the High Priest from?)-put in comments.

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  • 10 Now I intend to make a covenant with the Lord, the God of Israel so that his fierce anger will turn away from us. 
    • What is needed for a “covenant”?  The shedding of blood.  The New Testament Covenant is the shedding of Jesus’ blood,
  • The king commanded the priests, the descendants of Aaron, to offer these on the altar of the Lord.

So the service of the temple of the Lord was reestablished. 36 Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced at what God had brought about for his people because it was done so quickly.


Chapter 30.-The Passover.

It feels like we have read 1000 names in the Bible.  Who are the 12 tribes again?  Who are the enemies?  Who are the Kings?.  When you read the Passover and who is being invited to celebrate God’s deliverance from Egypt, here is a reminder of who The Tribes of Israel are:

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18 Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone 19 who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.” 20 And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people. ❤️❤️❤️


chapter 31-  Read the ABOVE IN BLUE and then read this.  I could write a book on this topic (I won’t, I promise).  I actually started writing quite a bit BUT it may have translated wrong (my biggest fear) so I deleted it.

When all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh. After they had destroyed all of them, the Israelites returned to their own towns and to their own property.

The chapter ends with:

20 This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. 21 In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.

Can 1 person make a difference??


Finally, the Sons of Kora write this to be sung in the Temple:  Click here for Psalm 48.Psalm 48


Follow this chart:  sad days are coming.  The apple falls far from the tree!!

2 Chronicles 28 and 2 Kings 16-17

Look closely at the King’s names for the Kingdom of Israel.  Today is the day we read about Hosea.  The last king In Israel.  

On the Judah side, we are still at Ahaz.

Ahaz (KIng od Judah)–😢

He’s awful! Let’s list a few things: Think about this for a minute.  He lived in the Southern nation, in Jerusalem- where the TEMPLE was located yet he…

  • offered pagan sacrifices including sacrificing his own son to foreign gods
    • 2 Chronicles the first 9 verses read like a ‘Cause/Effect’ document in my social studies class.
    • effect-Therefore the Lord his God delivered him into the hands of the king of Aram. The Arameans defeated him and took many of his people as prisoners and brought them to Damascus. He was also given into the hands of the king of Israel, who inflicted heavy casualties on him.
  • when the king of Aram came to fight Jerusalem who did Ahaz cry out to for help?  The Lord?  NO!!!  To the King of Assyria!
  • when Ahaz went to Damascus to pay the king of Aram (with the gold he took from the Temple) he told his priest to sketch their altar of worship so he could build a replica of it and make sacrifices to it
  • When he went back to Jerusalem he deconstructed the Temple to look like their temple! Removing parts and rebuilding other parts.  What??

“Listen Linda”, If I were a preacher…I would make a series out of this!  SO MUCH APPLICATION here…and I am guilty of all of it…so let’s move on 😕


Now let’s look at the Northern Tribe (Israel)

Chapter 17…HERE IT IS!  The last king of Israel.  The Israelites are taken captive and removed from the Promised Land!

 The king of Assyria invaded the entire land, marched against Samaria and laid siege to it for three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria.

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(Follow the purple lines)

In Deuteronomy 28 God told them if you obey me….if you disobey me.  HE WARNED THEM.  (over and over and over again)  So what did they do? (Basically, I am copying the whole chapter)

All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

  • They worshiped other gods and followed the practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced.
  • The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right.
  • 10 They set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree.  
  • 12 They worshiped idols, though the Lord had said, “You shall not do this.”

13 The Lord warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.”

  • 14 But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God.
  • 15 They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep.
  • They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do.”
  • 16 They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole.
  • 17 They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sought omens and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.Remember When Child Sacrifice Was Not Okay? | A Church for Starving Artists

(they would put the baby on the statue.  There was a hole in the center that had a fire in it)

18 So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left…… So the people of Israel were taken from their homeland into exile in Assyria, and they are still there.


To make matters worse:

  • 24 The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Kuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites.

But they did not know how to worship our God….so Lions ate them.  Ha!  Well, that was freaking them out so they came up with a plan…have one of the captured priests go back and teach them how to worship God.

  • 33 They worshiped the Lord, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought.
  • 40 They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices. 41 Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did.
    • Hashtag True Story!  Assyria is modern-day Iraq!!

Middle East Then n Now

If that post was confusing please let me know. 

2 Chron 27 and Isaiah 9-12

OK, I just read 2 Chronicles and I thought “what could I say that you already don’t know”.  If I had randomly opened 2 Chron 27 on January 1 and read this short chapter most of us would say “Ummm,  what”.  You got this! But I will give you this (again) just because I love you. Jotham.


Isaiah 9-12- Now Isaiah, maybe you read and said “Yup, got it”.  If you did-you are taking over this blog! I needed help.  Let’s do this!  Let me start off by saying if we stick with the TV/Remote analogy- today is definitely split screen and they are all talking at once!  We have:

  • current time (735 BC),
  • Messiah time,
  • and End Times

all talking at once.  I am going to try to keep this simple.

Chapter 9 (if you have not noticed I have a pattern of starting with verse 1)

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.

Ummm what?  Wait for it…we are about to have a “Drop Mic” moment.  When Jesus BEGINS his ministry this prophecy is fulfilled:

Matthew 4:12

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
    the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
    Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people living in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
    a light has dawned.”

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Naphtali and Zebulun are 2 of the 10 tribes that formed the North.  He begins his preaching in Galilee of the Gentiles. Galilee (starts with G) that is how you are going to remember that when we say Gallilee: Jesus is with the Gentiles.

Jesus came to bring Light to the Darkness!

Isaiah continues with….

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

Ok Ok…I won’t’ break down EVERY scripture…but I want to.  The rest of the chapter is a description of the Lord’s anger against the Northern Kingdom Israel.  Note the “attitude” of Israel (or should I say the complacency)…

“The bricks have fallen down,
    but WE will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
    but WE will replace them with cedars.”

Are they crazy…they said the same thing at the tower of Babel and we all know how that turned out!


Chapter 10- God uses Assyria as the instrument to discipline Israel (after 300 years of warning). But Assyria became prideful in the power God gave them.  When God is done with them, they too will witness God’s judgment on themselves. Verse 12:

12 When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes. 13 For he says:

“‘By the strength of my hand have done this,
    and by my wisdom, because I have understanding.
I removed the boundaries of nations,
    I plundered their treasures;
    like a mighty one subdued their kings.
14 As one reaches into a nest,
    so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations;
as people gather abandoned eggs,
    so I gathered all the countries;
not one flapped a wing,
    or opened its mouth to chirp.’”


The next section can be summed up v21:

A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob
    will return to the Mighty God.

If you don’t know what the who, what, where, when, and why of the Remnant…let me know in the comments.  I will break it down.


Chapter 11: In Chapter 4 we talked about a Messianic Passage.  We can look at this with a split-screen of the Messiah Coming…or as the 2nd Coming (Millennial period).  Both are correct.  Remember, prophecy is both Near and Far messages.  You will read these scriptures and know it is Jesus in the prophecy BUT there are scriptures about Peace and Safety that will only occur during the Millennial period. (we will read about that in December)

If I start commenting on Chapter 11 we will be here all day.  Can you see the Messianic Prophecy?  For those who can, help those who cannot (in comments).  C’mon.  Be confident!

  • Shoot or Branch from Jesse?  Explain!
  • Give me an example of this being Near Prophecy (during OT time)
  • Give me an example of this being End Times Prophecy (Revelation)
  • Explain the animals lying with each other
  • Other?

The End.  You may Stop here.  I don’t want to make an assumption that everyone understands the Millenium (the time period following Christ’s return).  If you need a refresher course on that I posted it below.


Spoiler Alert: I am going to tell you how this Book Ends.  Chapter 11 will concentrate on the Millenial period.  For those who say “Revelation is confusing” it is not.  It actually might be one of the easiest books we read.  So here it is:

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Read Left to Right.

  • We are currently in the Church Age (since Acts 2)
  • Then we will have the Rapture of the Church (if you believe in a Rapture (I do)but if you don’t ignore that-all good)(Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  • Then we begin a 7 year period of Tribulation
  • Then Jesus will return to earth (called the 2nd coming)  This will be the Battle of Armageddon.  Satan will be tied up (literally) for 1,000 years.
  • The 1,000 years of Peace is called the Millennial Reign
  • After 1,000 years Satan will be released and there will be one final rebellion-he will quickly be defeated
  • The final judgment will occur and a New Heaven and New Earth are created and we enter into eternity!

2 Kings 15 and 2 Chronicles 26

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  • Before you even start, you might be able to say to yourself “The book of Kings will talk about BOTH Judah and Israel, but the Chronicles will only talk about____________”

We are going downhill today…

Azariah-King of Judah- (see above)  By the way Azariah also goes by the name Uzziah.  (2 Chron Uzziah is Azariah)  Azariah was one of Judah’s most popular, effective, and influential kings. He expanded Judah’s territories, fortified several Judean cities, including Jerusalem, and reorganized the army.  Unfortunately, Azariah (Uzziah) became proud, and in disobedience, to the Law and performed functions only the priests could perform:

Chron. 26:16 But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.

For this sin God punished him with leprosy


Look at the left column when we talk about the horrible kings of Israel….

Zechariah-King of Israel- Zechariah reigned only six months before Shallum assassinated him. Zechariah was the last king of Jehu’s dynasty. Shallum was the son of Jabesh (not a natural successor.

2 kings 10:30 ““Because you have done well in accomplishing what is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab all I had in mind to do, your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.” 


Shallum-KIng of Israel- another assassination. So evidently Menaham was not happy about Shallum being the new king.  After all, Menahem was the commander in chief.  He thinks it should have been him.   It’s chaos! Shallum only sat on the throne (meaning kingship, not the toilet) for only 1 month.


Menahem-KIng of Israel- He reigned 10 years but then Pul, king of Assyria attacked the land.  Let me repeat that: the king of Assyria attacked the land!  This is the first mention of Assyrian kings as they have been growing to be a world power.  The year is 742 (only 20 years to go) and we now see this rise in power of the enemy nation beginning to infiltrate the Israelites.  Not good I tell ya!  Not good at all!!


Pekahiah-King of Israel-In 742 B.C., Pekahiah began his two-year reign (742-740 B.C.). It ended when Pekah, one of his military officers, assassinated him in Samaria, in addition to Argob and Arieh, who were probably Israelite princes and influential friends of the king


Pekah-King of Israel “In the time of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser (Pul) king of Assyria came and took Ijon, Abel Beth Maakah, Janoah, Kedesh and Hazor. He took Gilead and Galilee, including all the land of Naphtali, and deported the people to Assyria.

So Pekah made an alliance with Pul, and attacked Judah.  They started deporting people to Assyria?  What? What is beginning to happen here!  (If you have read the Bible already you know…if not you will)


KIng of Judah-Jotham-he is the last “mediocre” king.  After this, we have 2 revival kings and 7 evil kings.  He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years…The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the temple of the Lord.

Look at your schedule.  Tomorrow we start Isaiah.  Anyone want to take over the blog for Isaiah? 😬

2 Kings 14 and 2 Chronicles 25

So as soon as I see “Amaziah king of Judah” I immediately need to look at my visual”.  The two reads fit like a puzzle piece.  So if you already read and totally got it you can skip today’s post.  It is just a recap of the read.

Amaziah of Judah reigned over Judah for 29 years (796-767 B.C.). He began reigning when Jehoash was king over Israel and died during the reign of Jehoash’s son and successor Jeroboam II.

One of Amaziah’s acts of goodness that the writer of Kings included was his obedience to the Law in the matter of not executing children for their fathers’ crimes (Deut. 24:16). Kings of other ancient Near Eastern countries commonly practiced such executions. Amaziah instead trusted God to control the potential rebels.

Amaziah was victorious over Edom and become prideful. (Have they not learned that any victory they have is from the Lord…oh wait…have I?.  So Amaziah (Judah) picks a fight with Jehoash (Israel).  So like children, they tease each other and Jehoash calls him a little thistle compared to himself as a cedar in Lebanon. (Listen, I am on Summer Break!  I feel like I am back with my school kids!) He warns him not to pick a fight but to just go home.  (In my head I can see people standing around saying “fight fight fight”.”)Tweek vs Craig Picture - TV Fanatic

God permitted this situation to punish Amaziah because after subduing the Edomites, he had brought some of their idols into Jerusalem and worshipped them. (2 Chron. 25:14, 20)  The army of Israel took Amaziah prisoner.

When Jehoash died, they released Amaziah who returned to Judah. But….we end on a sad note:

From the time that Amaziah turned away from following the Lord, they conspired against him in Jerusalem and he fled to Lachish(a former royal city) but they sent men after him to Lachish and killed him there. 28 He was brought back by horse and was buried with his ancestors in the City of Judah.

Israel - Ancient History Encyclopedia


Jeroboam II’s reign of 41 years was the longest in Israel’s history (793-753 B.C.).   

“He was the one who restored the boundaries of Israel from Lebo Hamath to the Dead Sea, in accordance with the word of the Lord, the God of Israel, spoken through his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher”.

Soooo guess what book we read tomorrow???  Jonah and the Big Fish God!

2 kings 12-13 and 2 Chron 24

The reading starts with:

In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem for forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him. The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

So we see JERUSALEM and DID RIGHT…therefore we KNOW this must be a king from Judah,  BUT he did not take down the “high places”.  High places were man-made places to make sacrifices, which copied pagan ways, to make sacrifices.  Judah had no excuse to do this since the Temple was in their territory.

Joash was the youngest king to mount Judah’s throne. He began reigning at age seven and ruled for 40 years (835-796 B.C.). His father was Ahaziah, the most recent male ruler of Judah, and his grandmother was Athaliah. Joash was mentored by a priest named Jehoiada.  His claim to fame was bringing the Temple back to the Holy Sanctuary God had intended it to be.  JUST in case you read 2 Kings BUT skimmed 2 Chronicles (who would do that…ummmm me!) I will pull in a line or two that you may have missed.

So why did the temple need repair (besides years of neglect)?

2 Chron 24:7- Now the sons of that wicked woman Athaliah had broken into the temple of God and had used even its sacred objects for the Baals.

I AM COMING SOON! : Joash Repairs The Temple

Click here for a bigger copy or a printable one of this: you can find her just above Joash on the right side.

Joash started off so strong but he ended on a sour note.  He made 2 big mistakes.  Remember the other day the map of Aram.  Aram wanted to be able to use the coast for trading.  King Hazael of Aram had defeated Israel during the reigns of Jehu and Jehoahaz (chapter 13). He then pressed south along the Mediterranean coast toward Judah. He captured Gath and then sent soldiers against Jerusalem who killed many Judean leaders.

  1.  Joash: Rather than turning to God for deliverance, Joash bought Hazael off with gold from the renovated temple. (12:17-18)
  2. He went the way of the world and eventually worshiped like they did. I am not kidding, he abandoned the Temple project as well as the Temple itself! (2 Chon 24-17-19 if you want to go back to read it)

2 Kings Chapter 13

Don’t let the names overwhelm you.  Look at the subtitle.  King of Judah or King of Israel.  That will help you.  We are getting close to the end of Israel so you will see them getting weaker and weaker.

Nothing had been left of the army of Jehoahaz except fifty horsemen, ten chariots and ten thousand foot soldiers, for the king of Aram had destroyed the rest and made them like the dust at threshing time.

Follow your King chart, next is Jehoash (Israel side)

Elisha is dying (did anyone stop and think…did he see it coming?)  Jehaosh weeps over this.  Why?   Because Elisha is the only reason they have not fallen into enemy hands.

14 Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”

Look at some of your visuals.  Now that both Israel and Judah are falling apart, God still loves them so much,  that He is going to start sending prophets with strong messages to try to get them to turn from their evil ways. (peek at the schedule coming up)

30. Understanding the Writing Prophets

Question:  Explain this diagram to me (even though it has not happened yet.)  Why are there little green arrows at 722?  What is the orange?  Why 2 little lines and then one fat orange line?

HALFWAY ALREADY!!!

Today we are HALFWAY done with reading the Bible.  Tomorrow we will be closer to the end than the beginning.  YOU DID IT! A brief explanation of all that we have read so far:

  • Genesis answers two big questions: “How did God’s relationship with the world begin?” and “Where did the nation of Israel come from?”
  • In the book of Job: Satan attacks a righteous man named Job, and Job and his friends argue about why terrible things are happening to him.
  • Exodus: God saves Israel from slavery in Egypt, and then enters into a Covenant with them.
  • In Leviticus God gives Israel instructions for how to worship Him.
  • Numbers: Israel fails to trust and obey God, and wanders in the wilderness for 40 years.
  • Deuteronomy: Moses gives Israel instructions (in some ways, a recap of the laws in Exodus–Numbers) on how to love and obey God in the Promised Land.
  • Joshua (Israel’s new leader) leads Israel to conquer the Promised land, then divides out territories to the twelve tribes of Israel.
  • Judges: Israel enters a cycle of turning from God, falling captive to oppressive nations, calling out to God, and being rescued by leaders God sends their way (called “judges”).
  • Ruth: Two widows lose everything, and find hope in Israel—which leads to the birth of the future King David.
  • 1 Samuel, Israel demands a king, who turns out to be quite a disappointment.
  • 2 Samual: David, a man after God’s own heart, becomes king of Israel.
  • 1 Kings: The kingdom of Israel has a time of peace and prosperity under King Solomon but afterward splits, and the two lines of kings turn away from God.
  • Song of Songs- A love song (or collection of love songs) celebrating love, desire, and marriage.
  • A philosophical exploration of the meaning of life—Ecclesicaties.
  • In 1 Chronicles we read a brief history of Israel from Adam to David, with David commissioning the temple of God in Jerusalem.
  • We also read 150 Psalms that Israel sang to God (and to each other)—kind of like a hymnal for the ancient Israelites.
  • And meditated on the Proverbs: a collection of sayings written to help people make wise decisions that bring about justice.
  • Tomorrow: 2 Kings: Both kingdoms ignore God and his prophets until they both fall captive to other world empires.

We have 20 books (some very short, 1-day reads) left of the Old Testament and then we turn the page to the Gospel.

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If you need a copy of the schedule because you hate waiting for me to post (when I fall back asleep after the alarm) 🙂 Click here

There is a handouts section on the website of any cool visuals we have used if you need to reference them at any time. (I am bad about not updating it all the time, but I will try harder)

I know many of you are reading but don’t comment BUT if you want to make me smile, you will write in comments 1 thing you learned reading this year that you did not know before 2021 began,  I would be so happy.

 

2 Chronicles 19-23

Yes, we are overlapping (repeating) stories again.  Same stories told from different views.

5 chapters today…but not hard!  You got this!

When we see it is just a Chronicles read, we know it is primarily going to concentrate on the tribe of Judah.  Remember Ezra is writing this book as a history lesson for the people that will return to rebuild a temple.  Looking back on the history they are going to want to trace the covenant line of “their” people, so that will be the tribe of Judah.

As I am reading I am doing some memory recall.  Just in case you jumped in late (or just need it) here are some things that make this reading crystal clear:

Chapter 19:

What makes sense now that we have read for 6 months:

  • Jehosaphat lives in Jerusalem- He is the king of the tribe Judah— Judah and Israel split like a civil war.  Judah is the covenant line to bring forth the Messiah-so their capital in Jerusalem.  That makes sense. (the Northern tribe’s capital is Samaria.)
  • He appointed Judges- Dueteromomy 16:18- The king is to appoint Judges to help him rule the land. Makes sense.
  • Priests are only to be from the tribe of Levi. (Levites).  And the HIGH priest MUST come from Aaron’s family (Moses’ Brother) Makes sense. Click here for a visual handout.  Look for Amariah.

Chapter 20

  • The Moabites and the Ammonites.  Who are they?  Go way back to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Genesis 19:30-18.  When Lot fled with his daughters, they did not have a man to create a family so they got him (their father) drunk and made a baby with him.  The children born grew the nations Moabites and Ammonites. Makes sense.
  • When Jehoshaphat stood in front of the assembly he was committing the situation to God and recalled Solomon’s prayer from 2 Chronicles 6 and of course Psalm 136 ❤️:

“Give thanks to the Lord,
    for his love endures forever.”

  • The Bible never hides the faults of every man/woman God used (gives me hope for my own life).  Jehoshaphat was a fantastic king but he too had his faults.  He did make another alliance forbidden in the Law (Exodus 23), this time with Ahaziah, whose ways were wicked.  So what they built together God destroyed. Makes perfect sense.
  • Verse 15 gave me goosebumps! “This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

Let’s break down chapter 21…You can’t make this stuff up!!

Look at the drop from Jehoshaphat to Jehoram…the apple fell FAR from the tree.  The new king of Judah marries Ahab and Jezebel’s daughter.  What?? Why??? Ohhhh the humanity!  His father (Jehoshaphat) brought a huge revival to the nation by teaching the scriptures and trusting the Lord and his son marries the daughter of the most notorious Baal worshiper? (I am going to skim over 21:8 Edom and Libnah revolt, we will talk about that later this week). Just put the word Edom in your pocket for now. (verse 10:To this day Edom has been in rebellion against Judah)

So how bad was Jehoram!  Bad!

Elijah the prophet writes him a letter. This is the only record we have of a prophet from the Northern Kingdom rebuking a king of the Southern Kingdom. (All the other prophets God sent to Judah were from Judah). The letter stated:

  1. You have not followed in the footsteps of your father or grandfather
  2. You instead followed the ways of your horrible in-laws-Ahab’s family
  3. You murdered your whole family, and they were better than you
  4. The Lord will punish you by striking down your family (all except 1)
  5. And Last but not least, you are going to sit on the “throne” and poop  🤢💩☠️ the rest of your days.

Look at #4.  Why except 1?

“Not a son was left to him except Ahaziah, the youngest.”

God made a Covenant in 2 Samuel 7 that the line of David will bring the Messiah.  If the Lord had not left him one son to carry the kingship…the Covenant would have been broken.

When God makes a promise…it’s better than a pinky promise!

Jehoram- end of the chapter:

 He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.



Chapter 22 and 23:

(I keep posting this image because it helps me, so maybe it helps someone else?)

How can his son be worse you ask???

Well, who is Ahaziah’s mother?

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His mom is Athalia.  His grandmother is Jezebel!!

“He too followed the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him to act wickedly. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father’s death they became his advisers, to his undoing. He also followed their counsel when he went with Joram son of Ahab king of Israel to wage war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth Gilead.”

The irony!  Their grandfathers made an alliance and did the same thing at the same place years ago!

Then I read this:   “He was brought to Jehu and put to death….While Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, he found the officials of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah’s relatives, who had been attending Ahaziah, and he killed them. 

If he killed his sons who will be king?  What will happen to the Davidic Covenant??


THIS IS CONFUSING (for me) so let’s break it down:

When Athaliah (Jezebel’s daughter) the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family of the house of Judah (so her family line would survive and not the line of Judah). 11 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram, took Joash (her brother) son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes who were about to be murdered and put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Because Jehosheba,[f] the daughter of King Jehoram and wife of the priest Jehoiada, was Ahaziah’s sister, she hid the child from Athaliah so she could not kill him. 12 He remained hidden with them at the temple of God for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.

So for 6 years the heir to the throne, Joash,  was hidden while Jezebel’s daughter ruled the line of Judah.


OK, I lied.  I said this was not a hard read.  My head is spinning with names, but I think I drew enough arrows to have it in my head.


Chapter 23:  Picture the Priests of the Temple, huddled up making a plan (in my head it looked like a coach and his football players)Group Health Cooperative - Words of Wellness Blog

EVERY detail was planned out to make sure the House of David Survived, even down to making sure no blood came near the Temple.  THE LINE OF DAVID SURVIVES!!!

WOW!  What a daily read!!!