2 Chronicles 33:10 The LORD Spake, but

2 Chronicles 33:10 (KJV)
And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.

It seems to me that we live in a time very similar to that of Manasseh. 

  • The leadership of our nation is wicked and opposed to God. 
  • The people of our land respond by erring

In some respects, we do worse than those places that have had little or no Christian influence. God speaks today, but so few hearken. There are multiple avenues with which to get the Word of God to people. And we seem like we are using them all. 

  • TV
  • Radio
  • Internet 
  • Social media

There are churches scattered around everywhere, and the Bible is available at a very reasonable price to anyone interested. 

There has never been a time in history that Lord spoke louder than now. 

But we do not hearken. 

God got the attention of Manasseh. In a precursor to what the nation would soon face, He led him captive to Babylon. I am happy that he repented and was restored. It would have been so much better had he repented before he had to be chastened. 

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2 Chronicles 33:10 The LORD Spake, but

2 Chronicles 29:6 The Highest Form of Honor

2 Chronicles 29:6 (KJV)
For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs.

It can sometimes be a delicate matter to speak of the sins of our parents. We love them dearly and, even if the Holy Spirit has convicted us to live differently, we can still be very sensitive about our parents’ and our siblings’ sins. Hezekiah teaches us that honesty about their sins and obeying God despite them is a way to give our parents the highest form of honor.  

Hezekiah immediately opened the doors his father had shut 
Upon his ascendance to the throne, he reversed his father’s forbiddance of Temple worship.

Hezekiah then confronted the sins of the fathers of the priests and Levites
He minced no words concerning their sins and the terrible consequences of them.

Finally, Hezekiah humbly accepted the priests’ mention of Ahaz’s sins[1]
He took it in stride and for the truth that it was. 

We are commanded to honor our father and our mother. 

Such honor does not require that we remain blind to their sins or that we do as they did. 


[1] 2 Chronicles 29:19 (KJV)
Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they arebefore the altar of the LORD.

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2 Chronicles 24:4 Thinking of Young People

2 Chronicles 24:4 (KJV)
And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.

While the end of Joash is disappointing, his early reign is a blessing. About the time he was mature enough to make these sorts of decisions, he was minded to repair the house of the Lord. 

Joash had lived hidden inside that house the first eight years of his life. During these years, Athaliah’s neglect of and hatred for that house resulted in that house being “broken up.”

  • Joash became concerned about its repair
  • Joash desired the repairs begin quickly and then
  • Joash followed through to see that it was done

I’m thinking of so many young people I know who have practically been raised in the Lord’s house. What a testimony if they were to mature to take concern for God’s house, take up tools and resources for its upkeep, and follow through living for the Lord their whole lives. 

Joash’s colossal mistake was that he remained faithful only so long as Jehoida was alive. The older men of God are a blessing, but they will die away. We need young men, not to change things up, but to carry on their spirit and their work. 

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2 Chronicles 24:4 Thinking of Young People

2 Chronicles 17:3-4 Good Man, Poor Choices

2 Chronicles 17:3-4 (KJV)
And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;
But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.

The Bible says GOD blessed Jehoshaphat because, among other things, he “walked not after the doings of Israel.”

That doesn’t mean he never made poor choices. Neither does it mean he didn’t pay for it whenever he did. 

  • It was, I believe, a poor choice to join affinity with Ahab.[1]
  • It was a poor choice to visit with him
  • It was a poor choice to go into battle with him

I cannot reconcile why he would have ever listened to Ahab after hearing from the prophet or why he would have agreed to go to battle dressed as the king while Ahab disguised himself. I can only say that bad friends can sometimes have a powerfully negative influence upon us. 

God protected him, but there is no encouragement there. The matter was too close for comfort. The LORD may have just as quickly taken him out of this world. 

We ought to attempt to reach the lost. But our affinity must be with the righteous. 


[1] 2 Chronicles 18:1 (KJV)
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.

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2 Chronicles 17:3-4 Good Man, Poor Choices

2 Chronicles 15:3 Doing Without

2 Chronicles 15:3 (KJV)
Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.

Israel was the northern kingdom. The Lord was giving to Asa, the king of Judah, the southern kingdom, a contrast. Through the prophet God judged the condition of that northern group

  • They were without God
  • They were without the teaching priest
  • They were without the law (of God)

I imagine the king of Israel would have protested that. I imagine most of the people of Israel would have protested. 

But it was the truth. It was why God had not blessed Israel. And it was why the king of Israel had to build a city to prevent his people from defecting. 

Israel, the northern kingdom, bluffed their way through centuries. They appeared to be large and robust, but they were cursed. I think it compares to, say, Communist Russia and those other nations behind the iron curtain. They attempted to present a strong front, but their citizens wanted out, and, eventually, their system failed. 

Will the same happen to Communist China?

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2 Chronicles 15:3 Doing Without

2 Chronicles 12:8 The Difference in Service

2 Chronicles 12:8 (KJV)
Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

God told them that they would be servants to Egypt so they would know God’s service. 

At first, I thought about how we learn to serve the Lord through faithful service in some other endeavor. I believe there is value in that. 

  • A man who has served in the military, for instance, is generally a disciplined person and can put that discipline to service for the Lord. 
  • Some people have been successful in business and have put the principles they have learned in the world of industry to good use in the service of the Lord.

Upon study, I came to see that this is not the lesson of the passage.

God said he would put them under service in Egypt so they would learn the difference between the hard toil of the world and the light service of the Lord. When they followed the Lord, 

  • He gave them a government of His leading
  • He delivered them from their enemies
  • He provided for grace and blessing

Even after the rebellion of the northern kingdoms, Judah did marvelously – so long as they served the Lord. They would learn that was not the case under Egypt. Very quickly, Egypt had their golden shields. Rehoboam replaced them with brass, but it was not the same.

Life serving the Lord can seem lonely in that most of the world is heading in a completely different direction. But life serving the world is burdensome and heavy. 

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2 Chronicles 12:8 The Difference in Service

2 Chronicles 7:16 Mine Eyes and Mine Heart

2 Chronicles 7:16 (KJV)
For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

Solomon had completed the temple and dedicated it to the Lord. He had asked God to bless it and to answer the prayers of those who asked them, either in the house of God or toward it. God answered in the affirmative. 

The New Testament equivalent is the local Baptist church. It is this that Christ loves and gave Himself. Each church is as unique as the body of believers who assemble there, but it is God’s plan to work through these local churches 

He has chosen this, and therefore He promises:
To sanctify it
It is separated from the world as His. 

To watch it 
His eyes are never far from the body assembled in this place 

To love it
His heart is here. 

May we, who claim to be His children, sanctify it, watch over it, and love it with God. 

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2 Chronicles 7:16 Mine Eyes and Mine Heart

2 Chronicles 6:34-35 The Place and The House

2 Chronicles 6:34-35 (KJV)
If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name;
Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

It is a subtle but interesting distinction Solomon made between Jerusalem, the place God had chosen, and the house that he had built for God 

Solomon made a series of requests that all relate to the house of the Lord in some way, and all conclude with, “Then hear thou from the heavens.”

That, I think, is the definition of repentance. It is to face the place that God has chosen and to look toward the house where He is worshipped. 

I see in the two the realities of local church worship. 
First, this is the plan of God 
In that, the local church is perfect. It is the perfect place for a Christian to grow into the image of Christ. 

Second, it contains the human touch
And so, it is not perfectly perfect. When one wishes, he can list a myriad of imperfections in any local congregation. Solomon recognized that. He still asked God to answer the prayers of those who looked toward and longed after the house of God. 

I do not suggest we be blind toward what is not right in our church. However, I would beg believers to love it anyway for Jesus’ sake and the good of themselves and their families. 

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2 Chronicles 6:34-35 The Place and The House

2 Chronicles 3:3 Wise Leadership

2 Chronicles 3:3 (KJV)
Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits.

We’re told that the construction began in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign. Consider:

  • He is an experienced sovereign by this time
  • He has God give wisdom
  • He was a powerful leader in his own right

No one could have made him build the Temple. No one alive could have required him to follow any instructions. His father, David, was long since in the grave. 

Yet Solomon built according to the instructions he was given. 

No wise leader abandons the instructions he has been provided. Only a fool ever comes to the place where he will not learn from others, even from those who no longer have authority over them. 

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2 Chronicles 3:3 Wise Leadership

2 Chronicles 34:27 The Tender Heart

2 Chronicles 34:27 (KJV)
Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.

What a powerful thought, “Because thine heart was tender…”

This tenderness translates twice in the verse as humility. Josiah humbled himself. Mind you, he was already a good king, godly even. He had begun to seek the Lord at age sixteen and had not relented. He had led others to do the same. He was all in for God. Because of it, God has blessed him. (Interesting enough, one of God’s blessings on Josiah would be to gather him to his fathers before God’s judgment. God did that through his death in combat.)

But he never came to the place where he thought he had attained. He continued to seek the Lord. When the Word of God was found and read to him, he humbled himself the more. 

May God help us to be constantly ready to humble ourselves at the Word of God.

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