Today is Day 35 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
As I mentioned in my blog about 1 Chronicles, both books of Chronicles can seem a bit like a re-run when you first read them. It’s understandable – in a way, they are. Reading through 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, and 2 Kings took you through much of the same information, history, and kings. So why write it again?
Well, as they say, hindsight is always 20/20. Most believe that 1 & 2 Chronicles were written after Judah’s captivity and return. And speaking of 20/20, one key verse in the book is 2 Chronicles 20:20…
“Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.'”
Had they lived by that command, they could have avoided the whole defeat and captivity thing in the first place.
Unfortunately, they did not, and as a result, suffered for years in captivity because of it.
What can we learn from 2 Chronicles?
1) Don’t follow their example. Although there were some Godly kings, many were evil. The evil kings, in turn, led the people into evil practices, putting them into the hands of evil men. That’s always how sin works – it’s a downward spiral.
2) Learn from your mistakes. We can all look back and remember the times and events that hurt us the most. Learn from those and make sure not to repeat them. If it helps, write it down, like Ezra did in Chronicles. Don’t go back – move forward.
3) Don’t dwell in the past. Sure, you made mistakes. We all have. Repent and get over it. You aren’t what you did – move on!
Get ready for Ezra – it’s a great encouragement of the power of God’s Word and what can happen when people obey it!