CHRONICLES-2 TOTAL CHAPTERS: 36
CHRONICLES-2 TOTAL VERSES: 822
TOTAL WORDS: 26,074
DATE WRITTEN: 450 – 425 BC
God’s Justice and Forgiveness, History Of Judah Since David
God, David, Solomon, and Kings of Judah
BOOK OF CHRONICLES-2 KEY VERSES:
2:1: Solomon gave orders to build a temple for the Name of the LORD and a royal palace for himself.
29:1-3: Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done. In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired them.
36:14: Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful, following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the LORD, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.
36:23: This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you—may the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.
According to Jewish traditions, same like the book of Kings, Chronicles were originally one book. The translators of the Greek Version gave them the title, Paralipomena, meaning things left over or things added in a supplement. Implying their use as a continuation to Samuel and Kings. But Chronicles are not merely a repeat of the history already recorded in the books of Samuel and Kings. It contains more detail on the organization of public worship, religious ceremonies and of the relationship of kings to the worship of God. It is an account of history from Adam to exile, written to direct the restoration of the kingdom during the post-exilic period. The book was written to remind the nation of their entire history, and of their position among other nations, emphasizing the history of priestly worship from the death of Saul to the end of the Babylonian captivity. Chronicles-2 gives detail of the history of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, from the kingdom of Solomon to the destruction of Jerusalem and of the Babylonian exile. The decline of Judah is frustrating, but the importance is given to the religious reformers who vigorously seek to turn the people back to God. Little is said about the wicked kings or of the failures of good kings; only goodness is stressed. Almost entire history of the northern kingdom is omitted from the Chronicles because the northern kingdom had no significance on the advancement of the true worship of God in Jerusalem.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter# 1 – Solomon wisdom in Administration. Judah & Israel had peace & prosperity. People of all nations came to hear his wisdom.
Chapter# 2 – Solomon planned to build the temple. King Hiram provides building materials.
Chapter# 3 – Solomon started Temple in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah. Description of temple dimensions, Interior and Furnishings
Chapter# 4 – Solomon made the altar, the Sea, and the basins and other furniture for the temple
Chapter# 5 – Preparations for the temple inauguration. The priests brought the ark into the Most Holy Place.
Chapter# 6 – Solomon’s address to the people. Solomon asked the Lord to fill the temple, have mercy & forgive
Chapter# 7 – God Answers With Fire From Heaven. Feast 7 days. The LORD said to Solomon, “If you walk in my ways I will establish your throne.
Chapter# 8 – Solomon built cities. He appointed the divisions of priests and Levites to their duties. Made his own Palace
Chapter# 9 – Queen of Sheba visited Solomon. Tested him. Exchange of gifts. Solomon as the wisest & wealthiest kings on the earth. Death of Solomon.
Chapter# 10 – Rehoboam as king. Isreal Appeal for labor demands. Rehoboam negative reply and revolt in Israel. except for Judah who served Rehoboam
Chapter# 11 – Rehoboam’s rule. Loyal Levites move to Judah.
Chapter# 12 – Rehoboam turned away from God. Shishak Of Egypt Invades Jerusalem. Turned back to God. Death of Jeroboam
Chapter# 13 – Abijah, king of Judah. Abijah And Civil War. Death of Abijah
Chapter# 14 – The Reign Of Asa In Judah. Asa’s reforms. Attacked by Ethiopia, won the battle.
Chapter# 15 – Prophet Azariah spoke to Asa. Asa’s Religious Reforms. Removed false gods
Chapter# 16 – King Baasha of Israel attacks Asa. Asa’s treaty with Syria. Hanani said, “You relied on Aram not the LORD.” Asa became ill and died.
Chapter# 17 – Jehoshaphat Reigns In Judah. Teaching campaign. Jehoshaphat’s Military Might.
Chapter# 18 – Jehoshaphat’s alliance with Ahab. Asked him for help to fight Syria. Prophet Micaiah’s prophecy of defeat. Ahab died in battle
Chapter# 19 – Jehoshaphat returned to Jerusalem. He appointed judges & priests to govern Judah
Chapter# 20 – Moab & Ammon attacked Judah. The Prayer Of Jehoshaphat. Answer from Jehovah. Judah miraculously saved. Jehoshaphat’s reign ended
Chapter# 21 – Jehoram, king of Judah. Killed brothers. Disobeyed God, a Written message from Elijah. Edom Wins Independence From Judah. Jehoram died
Chapter# 22 – Ahaziah, king of Judah. Did not follow God. Athaliah usurps the throne.
Chapter# 23 – Jehoiada intervenes; Jehoash made king. Athaliah Executed. Jerusalem was quiet
Chapter# 24 – Joash obeys God. Repaired The Temple. Jehoiada died. Joash’s Apostasy killed the prophet. attacked by Syria, got killed
Chapter# 25 – The Reign Of Amaziah. War with Edom. Followed God, later served other gods. War with Israel’s King Jehoash. Amaziah was defeated. Death of Amaziah.
Chapter# 26 – The people made Uzziah king. Obeyed God. Won battles was proud, burnt incense, got leprosy, later died
Chapter# 27 – Jotham, king of Judah. Became strong, ruled for 25 years, Died
Chapter# 28 – Ahaz, king of Judah. Judah Defeated. Ahaz’s Idolatry. Syria And Israel Attack Judah. He shut the LORD’s temple and sacrificed to other gods.
Chapter# 29 – The Reign Of Hezekiah. Hezekiah’s reforms. Followed God. Reopened temple and Temple services revived
Chapter# 30 – Hezekiah observes the Passover
Chapter# 31 – Hezekiah uproots apostasy. Destroyed images of false worship. Reformed Judah
Chapter# 32 – Sennacherib’s of Assyria Invasion Of Judah. God caused Israel to win. Angel strikes the Assyrian army. Hezekiah’s achievements and death
Chapter# 33 – Manasseh, king of Judah. Worshiped other gods. Manasseh’s Repentance. Amon became king and did evil.
Chapter# 34 – Josiah became king. He repaired the temple and had the law readout
Chapter# 35 – Josiah Observes The Passover. The Death Of Josiah
Chapter# 36 – The Decline Of Judah. Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin & Zedekiah ruled in Judah & disobeyed God. Destruction of Jerusalem. Cyrus’ decree to rebuild the temple