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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2 Chronicles 32:24-26 God Blesses the Humble

2 Chronicles 32:24-26 (KJV)
In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.
But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.
Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

Hezekiah was a very good man, but he was a man. His reign as King was marked by both good and godly direction for Judah from him, as well as blessings for Judah from God. 

2 Chronicles’ version of Hezekiah’s illness and the sign of his healing is much abbreviated, but we know it was astounding. The Bible says he, “rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him.” His response to his healing and the sign of it did not reflect the magnificence of them. 

His heart got lifted up and the Lord brought wrath because of it. 

Now the point. “Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself” for which God restrained His wrath. 

All of us, the very best of us, can be lifted in pride. O, what sin when we refuse to see it! But if we see it, if we humble ourselves, we find time and again that God blesses the humble. 

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2 Chronicles 30:18-20 Pray for Them

2 Chronicles 30:18-20 (KJV)
For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every one
That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.
And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.

It occurs to me that, if pastors are looking for lessons in leadership, we might best get them from the many kings in Judah. These men were more than political leaders, I dare say that they weren’t really political at all. They were, more or less, followers of the Lord, and leaders under Him.

Hezekiah led the people into a revival type atmosphere, but they weren’t all as prepared as he might have desired. The Bible says he prayed for them and the Lord hearkened and healed. 

How desperately important are the prayers of the pastor for the healing of the people. 

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2 Chronicles 25:2 The Perfect Heart

2 Chronicles 25:2 (KJV)
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

Since “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”[1] The perfect heart would not be sinlessness. Amaziah did everything right, but his heart was far from God. It revealed itself when:

He took the idols from Edom
Though he had obeyed in admirable ways before and during this contest, he turned from God very soon after. Perhaps it was because of the price of obedience. Israel had attacked his land.

He held a grudge and eventually took action against his enemy 
It serves very little purpose to be angry and bitter against those who have hurt you. These are things we should leave in the hands of God to address in His way and time. 

He rebuked the prophet for telling him God’s message
The prophet backed off with one last pronouncement; judgment was coming. 

There is a difference between obeying God because He is God and obeying Him because He can bless you. Amaziah was willing to obey when He believed God would reward him for it. When it cost him something, he grew bitter and rebellious. 

His heart was not perfect. 


[1] Romans 3:23

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2 Chronicles 22:10 God Uses Families

2 Chronicles 22:10 (KJV)
But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.

I observe, as I search the Scriptures, that God uses families. 

  • The family of Seth narrowed to
  • The Family of Noah narrowed to
  • The family of Shem narrowed to
  • The family of Abraham narrowed to
  • The family of Isaac narrowed to
  • The family of Jacob narrowed to
  • The family of Judah narrowed to
  • The family of David from which comes

Jesus Christ.

This caused me to consider how, in the northern kingdom, the royal family constantly changed. One could say they never had a royal family. We have in this passage an attempt to destroy the true seed royal. An attempt that could never be successful because this was the family God had chosen. 

It seems like there is always someone who attempts to break God’s family chain. The very culture of the United States seems bent on separating families. With it is destroyed the line of faith. Churches have bought into this culture to the extent that the preachers’ children (and I have come to learn this includes his grandchildren) are driven away from their parents, their church and in many cases their faith. Injured by pests in the church who constantly criticize and pick at them, the preacher’s own family is often made to not feel welcome serving the Lord in the very church they grew up in. 

I am for removing the pests, not the pastor’s family. 

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2 Chronicles 20:12 Jehoshaphat’s Prayer

2 Chronicles 20:12 (KJV)
O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

When faced with a great enemy Jehoshaphat’s prayer was;

Wilt thou not judge them
“God please, do what needs to be done with them. We do not have the resources, the wherewithal to do it.” Whether the enemy is a large one, better armed or a smaller one, schooled in deception, we never have the resources God has. 

Neither know we what to do
Even if we had the resources, we are fallible and fail of the wisdom of God. We might do more damage that is necessary. We might hurt our own in our efforts to defend our own. We could never know what to do as well as God. 

Our eyes are upon thee
We look to the Lord. 

  • We look to Him in faith, trusting He will do the right. 
  • We look to Him in prayer, calling out to Him our petitions and 
  • We look to Him through His Word, seeking His direction through His infallible instructions. 

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2 Chronicles 17:10 What Might God Do?

2 Chronicles 17:10 (KJV)
And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.

The Bible describes Jehoshaphat as unique among the kings of Judah. He walked in the first ways of his father David. There were other good kings, but few whose obedience and faith were like to Jehoshaphat. 

And God uniquely blessed Judah during the reign of Jehoshaphat. The fear of the Lord fell upon the neighboring kingdoms so that there was peace between them. The only battle in his day was one he foolishly agreed to enter. God had protected and blessed other kings not so good. He had even blessed and protected rebellious kings in northern Israel. But this was a unique blessing. The difference of which can be seen in the battle Jehoshaphat did enter into, where Ahab disguised himself and Jehoshaphat did not. Though the enemy originally attacked Jehoshaphat because he looked like a king, they quickly realized he was not their target. An archer, on a whim, shot an arrow through the chest of a man who turned out to be wicked king Ahab. 

All this makes me wonder what God might do in Israel today if they turned their whole hearts to God? He is blessing Israel today, it is obvious. What blessings more might happen if they turned to the LORD? 

And in the United States today; God is blessing our land through the leadership of President Trump. And that despite his obvious worldliness. President Trump acknowledges God more openly than most of our recent Presidents, but he does not have a perfect heart before the Lord. What might God do if he turned with a whole heart to the Lord?

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2 Chronicles 15:14-15 Principles for Revival

2 Chronicles 15:14-15 (KJV)
And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.
And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.

The covenant Judah swore would be criticized in our day. The modern application would simply be having no company with those who walk not according to the things we have learned in the Bible. It doesn’t have to be viewed as barbaric. 

What I wish to focus upon is that, when they sought the Lord with their whole desire, He was found of them. Nothing has changed in this regard. The Lord is nigh unto every one of us. 

If we will learn the principle of separation and then seek the Lord with our whole being, 

  • We can be revived, 
  • We can have cause of rejoicing and 
  • We can have rest for our souls 

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2 Chronicles 11:4 Obey His Word

2 Chronicles 11:4 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam.

This is a remarkable passage. Rehoboam had what men would say is every right to be angry. 

  • Israel had rebelled and seceded from his authority
  • They had killed Hadoram his treasurer and
  • They had chased him out of their territory

Rehoboam came home to gather an army. He was intent on bringing these rebels to their knees. 

But then the preacher spoke to him, “Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up … for this thing is done of me …”

And Rehoboam and his men obeyed. Remarkable! 

May God give us the strength to obey His Word even when everything in us wants to accomplish our own will.

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2 Chronicles 7:14 If My People

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

This verse is God’s answer to Solomon’s prayer in 6:38-39. Solomon’s asked the Lord, “If they return and pray, then hear from the heavens.

God’s response was? “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

  • My prayer to God, for the people of God, is that they would return and pray. 
  • My prayer to God is that He would them hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal our land. 

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