Epistles of Thomas

October 8, 2009

2 Chronicles 13-15

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 12:03
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Chapter 13 records the confrontation between Abijah king of Judah and Jeroboam who still reigned in Israel. Abijah called the people to remember that he was faithful to the temple and its ceremonies and thus God was with them. In contrast, Israel had driven off the priests and erected two golden calves to claim the people’s worship. When battle ensued the army of Judah, although much smaller in number, routed Israel and they fled. Conclusion: “Jeroboam did not regain power during the time of Abijah. And the LORD struck him down and he died” (13:20). This might be a good time to note that the Chronicler is only interested in the southern kingdom of Judah. Unlike the account in Kings which alternates between Judah and Israel all the attention here is given to Judah and Israel is only mentioned in relation to Judah.

The next chapter records the reign of Asa who was good and right in the eyes of the Lord. He removed foreign altars and high places and smashed the sacred stones and cut down Asherah poles. No mention was made of this evil invading the land so it might seem strange that there was so much to remove if we did not have the fuller story from Kings. Zerah the Cushite attacked Judah but the Lord struck his army down and Judah was victorious.

Chapter 15 records the people’s rededication to the Lord. “They entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul. All who would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, were to be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman” (15:12f). The reign of Asa is summed up thus: “Although he did not remove the high places from Israel, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the LORD all his life” (15:17). It is unfortunate that his heart could be committed to the Lord but he was responsible for allowing the high places to remain. It takes more than a godly leader to create a godly nation, as we well know.

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