October 19, 2021
2 CHRONICLES 21-24
DAY 290: JOURNEY THROGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Our journey today looks at the death of Jehoshaphat, the reigns of Jehoram, Ahaziah, and Joash in Judah.
Take a moment and pray, asking for understanding of today’s reading. Read 2 Chronicles 21-24. Let’s journey!
The Books of First and Second Chronicles, which were originally written as one book and later divided due to length, chronicles the entire history of Israel up to that point, beginning with Adam, and ending with the return of the Israelites from exile. Its author is unknown, although clues in the text reveal that it was written several hundred years after the return from exile. In the Jewish order of Scriptures, this book comes after the Ezra and Nehemiah, both of which chronicle the return of the Israelites to Jerusalem. This book was written to provide hope for the promised Messiah, and hope for the new temple.
2 Chronicles 21-24: Following the death of Jehoshaphat, Jehoram became king of Judah, by killing his brothers. Jehoram ruled for eight years, leading the people away from the Lord. Jehoram’s youngest son Ahaziah succeeded him and followed in his footsteps. Ahaziah only ruled one year. Ahaziah’s mother, devastated at his death, attempted to kill the rest of royal family. Ahaziah’s son, Joash, was secretly taken to the temple of the Lord and raised there. With the support of the temple priest and the military, Joash was revealed as alive and made king. For many years, Joash sought after the Lord and repaired the temple. Eventually, Joash was led astray and led Judah with him. Our reading concludes with Joash’s death. (2 Chronicles 21:1-24:27)
After reading chapters 21 through 24, consider the following: Who is focused on in today’s reading? Keeping in mind who this book was written for, why would it have been important to know this history? How could it help provide hope for the future and God fulfilling His promise to Israel? What can we learn about God, His promises, and the future from studying this history?
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