The wayyyyyy too brief overview of 2 Chronicles
The finishing half of Chronicles isn’t so much a family tree book (like the latter was) as it is a royal history text. Pretty much all of the kings you can imagine from Israelite history up to 2 Kings are invited for a quick 5 minutes of fame recap.
It may seem like a drag at first, rereading about all of the cow-worshipping rulers, but it gives a huge testimony on how obeying the Lord (or not) can lead to victory or failure (which was usually death for the wicked kings.) Take a look at this brief overview:
Solomon’s Time as King
2 Chronicles opens up with Solomon taking the mantle from his father David as new king. For the most part, Solomon is an awesome leader who brought prosperity and peace to Israel like never before. Some notable things he did during his reign include:
– Being blessed with exceedingly great wisdom and resolving issues all over his kingdom
– Building and finishing the Holy Temple of God
– Bringing luxuries and riches to Israel making them the talk of the land for outsiders
Destruction of Israel
The rest of the book covers how Israel ended up divided and ultimately lost to invaders. After the split of Israel and Judah, a long line of wicked kings rule over the 2 territories in sin. There are a few worthy kings such as Hezekiah, but overall God is displeased with all the fake idols and ruthless sin that he hands the Israelites over to their enemies. Some of the most wicked kings include:
Ahab, Ahaziah, Ahaz, and Manasseh
This concludes the books of Chronicles. Feel free to jump over to Overview Bible for a bit if you’re looking for more easy explanations of the Bible.
Now let’s jump into how to relate this book and its messages to our everyday lives as young adults in the 21st century!
Big Takeaway #1- Ask for wisdom from God and he’ll give you everything else + repetition sears it in your mind.
2 Chronicles 1:11-12 – “God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions, or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given to you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions, and honor such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”
This verse is a recap of what happens back in 1 Kings with a conversation between God and Solomon. Almost overnight, this young man Solomon is suddenly appointed king over a powerful nation of Israelites.
The impressionable king decides to make the best choice possible in consulting with the Lord rather than his advisors. He prays for wisdom to guide the people and God is overjoyed at his selfless prayer. So, the Lord grants him all sorts of riches along with the wisest mind in all the land.
The big takeaway for us young adults from 2 Chronicles 1:11-12
When you seek what truly matters first and put God and others above your own personal success, you’ll not only be fulfilled internally but God will give you abundance externally. We can see that Solomon was graced with wisdom internally, yet he was also given grand riches externally.
But know that God can see into the chambers of our hearts. He will only bless us abundantly if we are truly seeking to give just to give and not looking to give to get something in return.
We mentioned this in an earlier book, but what you’ll see in the Bible is a constant repetition of topics and stories.
These topics are shared repeatedly not just to hammer important messages into our minds, but for us to be able to find others we relate to. It helps us know we aren’t alone and people have overcome the same problems before with God. Searing these scenes into our brain with the most important parts will help us take a detour from failures and take a straight shot into success.
Big Takeaway #2- The battles you face aren’t even yours, they’re God’s.
2 Chronicles 20:15 -“…Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, it’s God’s.”
King Jehoshaphat of Judah is troubled by a vast army of Moabites and Ammonites approaching war. Although he is frightened and shocked at the sudden news, he keeps sound enough judgment to go into prayer for help. The Lord stands with him and leads him to victory against his enemies!
The big takeaway for us young adults from 2 Chronicles 20:15
When we chase after God before everything else and truly anchor faith in our hearts, all the battles of the world that we have don’t even become ours anymore. They belong to God. Whenever we lean on him, worry can surely vanish into thin air. Try not to convince yourself that God can’t win this battle (like the world will trick you into believing.) There’s nothing that God can’t do.
This is a constant reminder that God doesn’t work off of your ability, (He has the ability to do/conquer all) but your availability to be faithful and trust in him. Let God fight your battles because He’s never lost a single one. And He never will.
Up Next – Ezra
With Chronicles officially over, we can now learn more about some of the religious leaders in the Old Testament. Start with the first book of leaders, Ezra, here!