2 Chronicles 29-33:2022

by Ron Moore on April 22, 2022

2 Chronicles 29- Hezekiah Reigns in Judah
  • 1-2- One of the best kings Judah had
  • 3-19- Extensive cleaning up process...putting things in order. That is a common theme of every government after a reign of corruption. Putting things right and in order.
  • 19- Things RESTORED that had been cast away or just abused
  • 20- GOOD START TO A PRODUCTIVE DAY- GET UP EARLY!
  • 25-28- Service begins with praise and thanksgiving
  • 29-30- Transition from PRAISE to WORSHIP and bowing their heads
  • 34- The offering to God was so large the priests needed the help of the entire Levites
  • 35- ...set in order
  • 36- THIS CALL TO ACTION HAPPENED AS HEZEKIAH'S FIRST ACTION AS KING...THE PEOPLE WILLING RESPONSE WAS A HEART CHANGE FROM GOD
2 Chronicles 30- Hezekiah keeps the Passover
  • 1-5- Next is the PASSOVER...which hadn’t been kept since King Solomon
  • 5-6- He even invited the northern Kingdom of Israel to participate
  • 6-9- AMAZING THE UNITY HEZEKIAH IS SEEKING TO RESTORE
  • 10- Most responded with mockery…
  • 11- But some did come to celebrate
  • 12- SINGLENESS OF HEART- always comes from God where we have created a place for Him to reside during praise and worship
  • 16-19- The people are hungry to worship God but haven’t had time to become ritually clean. 
  • 18- HEZEKIAH PRAYS FOR THEM...NOT THE PRIESTS ...FOR ATONEMENT. HE DOES THIS AS AN INTERCESSOR, NOT JUST AS KING!
  • 20- AND GOD HEALED THE PEOPLE!! NOT BY KEEPING THE LAW BUT THE PRAYS OF AN INTERCESSOR
  • 21- AND WE RETURN TO EXUBERANT PRAISE ...LOUD INSTRUMENTS!!
  • 22- Teachers are raised up and they make CONFESSION to the Lord
  • 23- Everything with GLADNESS
  • 26- Great JOY ...the last time something this good happened was under King Solomon
  • 27- BLESSING THROUGH PRAYER
2 Chronicles 31- Reforms of Hezekiah 
  • 1-2- Priests and people are restored to their Godly positions ...PRAISE in the GATES is restored in verse 2
  • 3- Priesthood back to God’s design…
  • 4- Giving from the people is also restored….
  • 5- The TITHE fully restored….
  • 8- They praised God for His abundance and Israel for their obedience
  • 9-19- An economic system similar to King Solomon’s is put into place assuming everyone was provided for and that everything operates according to plan. SOME WOULD SAY THIS INVOLVES SOCIALISM ...I WOULD THEN SAY ONLY UNDER A THEOCRACY WILL IT WORK THAT WAY. 
  • 20- The real answer is found here- HE DID WHAT WAS GOOD...AND RIGHT...AND TRUE BEFORE THE LORD HIS GOD. 
  • 21- IT WAS A HEART THING ...NOT FORCED OR OUT OF GUILT. BECAUSE OF THAT HE PROSPERED.
2 Chronicles 32- Sennacherib Boasts Against the Lord
  • 1-5- Judah is threatened with invasion ...something will always come after your praise. Don’t let it have it!
  • 6- Hezekiah sets up a smart military strategy BUT…
  • 7-9- ...ULTIMATELY tells his people it will be GOD who delivers them.
  • THIS IS HOW YOU PLAN THINGS...USING WISDOM BUT STILL RELYING ON GOD
  • 10-15- He BOASTS about how no other god has stopped him so what will Israel’s god be able to do?
  • 16-19- He then writes the equal of news articles...blasts social media with threats and trolling...buys up all the advertising and does terrorist threats all around
  • SENNACHERIB HAS THEM IN LOCKDOWN ...BUT NOT FEAR…
  • 20- THEY PRAY
  • 21- ...AND GOD ANSWERS WITH THE DEATH ANGEL ON SYRIA!
  • 21- Sennacherib is assassinated in his own church by his own sons..
  • 22-23- THAT WIN MADE HEZEKIAH AND ALL JUDAH FAMOUS….POWERFUL ...AND PROSPEROUS WITH AN ECONOMIC BOOM
  • 24-26- What we all must guard against. Pride. It overcomes Hezekiah but he, like David, repents and God gives him a sign ...healing and more years to rule.
  • 27-30- Hezekiah’s wealth and honor
  • 31- Other world leaders show up to learn from Hezekiah about where his prosperity comes from…..God was testing his heart. 
  • 32- It’s during this time of Hezekiah’s kingship that prophetic word is flowing in Judah ...we will learn more in the other prophetic books like Isaiah who is ministering at this time.
  • 33- Hezekiah is leaving and his son will take over...sadly Manasseh was spoiled by the wealth around him and his father's pride rather than what BROUGHT THEM HERE.
2 Chronicles 33- Manasseh Reigns in Judah
  • 1-9- So….Manasseh TOTALLY reverses his father's Godly ways and becomes Judah’s WORST king ever. He even sacrifices his children to the gods. Sad. 
  • 9- THEY BECOME WORSE THAN THE NATIONS THEY REPLACED…
  • 10- Of course God tries to get through to them before judgment comes…
  • 11-12- Manasseh was taken captive but repents and ...prays for himself...and God returns him to Judah as king
  • 13- NOW HE KNOWS GOD IS REAL!
  • 14-17- Manasseh tries his best to restore things back to God...BEAUTIFUL STORY OF REDEMPTION AND RESTORATION
  • 18-20- He dies with honor having turned back to God
  • 21-25- So ...now his son Amon takes over and again an EVIL king is in charge. But it doesn’t last long. In two years he was assassinated by his servants who were then in turn killed by the people.
  • 25- BUT PEACE IS ON THE WAY-JOSIAH

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