Since I finished a study in the Book of Ecclesiastes, I’ve summarized some thoughts and lessons in a poem at this link: Applying Ecclesiastes.
Over the last few weeks, some great lessons have been learned from Ecclesiastes. Now the plan is to continue my journey through the Bible.
Next stop is 2 Chronicles; a continuation of the record begun in 1 Chronicles and a supplement to the book of Kings. The first part (2 Chronicles 1-9) concerns David’s son Solomon, and the next part (2 Chronicles 10-36) is concerned with the history of Judah or Israel which is a dark picture of instability and apostasy, interspersed with periods of spiritual reformation.
In the last chapter, Judah is destroyed and the people are taken into exile in Babylon. In the last verse, the Persian king Cyrus conquers Babylon, authorizes the restoration of the Temple of Solomon, and the exiles return.
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about the journey and will use the questions below to help focus on each passage.
2 Chronicles 1
Try to imagine yourself in Solomon’s position in verse 7. What would be your request? What does Solomon receive from the Lord in addition to the gift of wisdom? Who will benefit the most from the gift he has requested? What gift would you most like to receive right now? Why?
2 Chronicles 2
What testimony about the Lord is included in Solomon’s message to King Huram? How much can people learn about the Lord from your life and words? Do you have purposes that exalt the Lord?
2 Chronicles 3-4
Note the attention given to detail. What is implied here about the importance of art? How does your activity in God’s service compare with Solomon’s with regard to time, care and quality?
2 Chronicles 5
What is inside the Ark? Why? What characteristics of God are most emphasized by the actions of the priests and the people?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast
- Best Commentaries on 1 & 2 Chronicles (challies.com)
- Is Ignorance Really Blissful? – 2 Chronicles 36:15-16 (dianneguthmuller.com)
- Sermon Redux – Part 8 of ‘Healing Our Land’ – “I Will Forgive Their Sin and Heal Their Land” – 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (edraby.wordpress.com)