In the book of Second Chronicles, Solomon achieved much in business and government, but most important, he was the man God used to build the glorious temple. This beautiful building was the religious center of the nation. It symbolized the unity of all the tribes, the presence of God among them, and the nation’s high calling. We may achieve great things in life, but we must not neglect any effort that will help nurture God’s people or bring others into God’s kingdom. It is easy for us to get the wrong perspective on what’s really important in life.
Throughout the reigns of 20 kings, the nation of Judah wavered between obedience to God and apostasy. The reigning king’s response to God determined the spiritual climate of the nation and whether or not God would send judgment upon his people. Our personal history is shaped by our response to God. Just as Judah’s failure to repent brought them captivity in Babylon, so the abuse of our high calling by sinful living will ultimately bring us catastrophe and destruction.
The chronicler writes his volume to bring the nation back to God by reminding them of their past. Only by following God would they prosper! As you read Second Chronicles you will catch a vivid glimpse of Judah’s history (the history of Israel, the northern kingdom, is virtually ignored), and you will see the tragic results of idolatry. Learn the lessons of the past: determine to get rid of any idols in your life and to worship God alone.
Second Chronicles continues the history of First Chronicles. David’s son, Solomon, was inaugurated as king. Solomon built the magnificent temple in Jerusalem, thus fulfilling his father’s wish and last request. Solomon enjoyed a peaceful and prosperous reign of 40 years that made him world famous. After Solomon dies, his son Rehoboam assumed the throne, and his immaturity divided the kingdom.
According to Jewish tradition, Second Chronicles was written by Ezra.
Second Chronicles was written approximately 430 B.C. recording events from the beginning of Solomon’s reign (970 B.C.) to the beginning of the Babylonian captivity (586 B.C.).
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