Epistles of Thomas

October 14, 2009

2 Chronicles 34-36

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 22:31
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Josiah was only eight years old when he began to reign but by the time he was twenty he had instituted reforms and begun ridding the land of idols, Asherah poles and high places. He also instructed that the temple be restored and the Levites had begun work. Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord and it was read to Josiah. He tore his robes when he realised how sinful they had been and that the Lord was bound to punish them. He sent for instructions from a prophet and learned that the Lord would allow his reign to be peaceful because of his attitude. He then had everyone in Jerusalem and Benjamin pledge themselves to God’s law.

Josiah ensured that Passover was celebrated again and that the burnt offerings were properly offered. He seems to have even outdone Jotham as it states “The Passover had not been observed like this in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel” (35:18). Josiah was killed in battle against Pharaoh Necho who he opposed in contradiction to God’s design.

The last chapter of 2 Chronicles briefly recounts the last kings of Judah and their downward spiral. “The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy” (36:15f). Babylon was sent to sack Jerusalem and take the people into exile. The book closes with the declaration of King Cyrus of Persia that he would rebuilt the Jerusalem temple and return the people to their land.

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