Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 24 Day 2

Our reading challenge for the day is 2 Chronicles 26-30. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

2 Chronicles 26 - Uzziah was a great king until his pride took over. That was his undoing. Notice here we also have a reference to Isaiah the prophet who wrote the book of Isaiah. While the author of 2 Chronicles says Isaiah wrote the acts of Uzziah, that is not what we find in the book of Isaiah. Apparently Isaiah wrote other works as well.

2 Chronicles 27 - Jotham was another good king of Judah. This brief chapter hits a few highlights of his relatively brief reign. See as always how the author of Chronicles talks about the faithfulness of the king in relation to the well being of the people.

2 Chronicles 28 - Ahaz turned away from God. We see that he trusted in the alliances he could make with others. This was his undoing and was very destructive to the people of Judah, who were attacked and defeated by Israel and were molested by the Philistines, the Moabites, and the Assyrians, among others.

2 Chronicles 29-30 - Hezekiah the good king restores true worship to the people of Judah. I’m intrigued by what he does with the Passover. Many of the people were not appropriately cleansed and purified prior to receiving this meal. However, the king prayed for them and they received the Passover anyway. Could this be a sign of the way Jesus gives himself as the Paschal Lamb to us even though we are sinful and unclean?

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