Week #63; Wed, Mar 13: 2 Chronicles 24:1–29:36

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. The repair and restoration of the house of the Lord by King Joash was short lived.
2. Amaziah’s pride turned him away from the Lord resulting in his demise.
3. Likewise Uzziah’s pride turned him away from the Lord and he became a leper for the rest of his life.
4. Ahaz was an idolator and turned away too, but the service of the house of the Lord was restored by Hezekiah.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
2 Chronicles 24, Joash Repairs the Temple, His Treachery, and Assination
1. Joash was only 7 years old when he began to reign and he reigned for 40 years in Jerusalem doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord.
2. Joash decided to restore the house of the Lord telling the priests and the Levites to go out to all the cities of Judah to gather money to repair the house of God quickly.
3. However, the Levites did not go out quickly so Joash commanded that a chest be made and set outside the gate of the house of the Lord for the people to bring in their taxes.
4. A proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem to bring in the tax that Moses laid on Israel in the wilderness.
5. Money was collected in abundance and it was given to those who had charge of the work until the house of the Lord was restored.
6. When the house of God was finished, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada and they made utensils for the house of the Lord both for the service and for the burnt offerings, and dishes for incense, and vessels of gold and silver.
7. They offered burnt offerings in the house of the Lord regularly all the days of Jehoiada, the chief.
8. When Jehoiada was 130 years old he died and was buried with the kings in the city of David, having done good in Israel.
9. The princes came to King Joash to pay homage but they abandoned the house of the Lord, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols.
10. Wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this guilt of theirs, yet he sent prophets among them to bring them back to the Lord but it was of no avail.
11. The Spirit of God clothed Zechariah the son of Jehoiada saying, “Why do you break the commandments of the Lord, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has forsaken you.”
12. But Zechariah was rejected and King Joash commanded Zechariah to be stoned.
13. Zechariah said, “May the Lord see and avenge!” before he died.
14. Syria came up against Joash destroying all the princes, and they sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus.
15. The Syrians also executed judgment on Joash severely wounding him and his servants finished killing him because of the blood of the son of Jehoiada the priest.
16. Then Amaziah his son reigned in his place.

2 Chronicles 25, Amaziah Reigns in Judah, His Victories, His Idolatry, and Defeat
1. Amaziah was 25 when he began to reign, and he reigned for 29 years doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not with his whole heart.
2. As soon as he was firmly in power, he struck down the servants who had struck down the king his father, but he did not kill their children.
3. Amaziah’s 300,000 man army was victorious over Seir killing 20,000 Edomites; but he had hired another 100,000 men from Israel that he returned because of a message from a man from God.
4. The men of Israel were very angry and while Amaziah was at war, the Israelites struck down 3,000 in the cities of Judah and took much spoil.
5. When Amaziah returned from striking the Edomites, he brought back the gods of Seir and set them up as his gods and worshiped them, making offerings to them.
6. The Lord was angry with Amaziah and sent him a prophet who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of a people who did not deliver their own people form your hand? I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.”
8. When Amaziah challenged Israel, He sent to Joash saying, “Come, let us look one another in the face.”
9. Amaziah threw caution from Joash to the wind and he went up to him at Bethshemesh in Judah where Judah was defeated (for it was of God in order that he might give them into the hand of their enemies because they had sought the gods of Edom).
10. Joash king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah and brought him to Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem for 400 cubits; he seized all the gold and silver and all the vessels that were found in the house of God and the treasuries in the king’s house, plus hostages and returned to Samaria.
11. Joash fled to Lachish where he was put to death by conspirators in Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 26, Uzzah Reigns in Judah, His Pride, and His Punishment
1. Uzziah was made king at 16 reigning for 52 years in Jerusalem doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord seeking God in the days of Zechariah and prospering.
2. Uzziah made war against the Philistines, Arabians, and the Meunites; he became strong and famous.
3. He built towers in Jerusalem and in the wilderness and fortified them; he had 310,100 in his army and many devices of war were invented to sling stones and arrows.
4. But when Uzziah grew strong, he grew proud to his destruction for he was unfaithful to the Lord and entered the temple to burn incense on the altar of incense.
5. Azariah and 80 priests went in after him and rebuked him, but Uzziah became angry and as his anger flared, he broke out in leprosy because the Lord had struck him.
6. He remained a leper until he died and Jotham his son reigned in his place.

2 Chronicles 27, Jotham Reigns in Judah
1. Jotham was 25 when he began to reign in Jerusalem; he reigned for 16 years doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord according to all his father Uzziah had done, except he did not enter the temple of the Lord and the people still followed corrupt practices.
2. Jotham built the upper gate to the house of the Lord and did much building on the wall of Ophel.
3. He built cities in the hill country of Judah, and forts and towers on the wooded hills.
4. He fought with the king of the Ammonites and prevailed against them; receiving silver, wheat, and barley in abundance each year.
5. Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the Lord his God.
6. Ahaz his son reigned in his place.

2 Chronicles 28, Ahaz Reigns in Judah, Judah is Defeated, Ahaz’s Idolatry
1. Ahaz was 20 when he began to reign, and he reigned 16 years in Jerusalem doing evil in the sight of the Lord walking in the ways of the kings of Israel.
2. He made metal images for the Baals, he made offerings in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and burned his sons as an offering, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.
3. He sacrificed by making offerings on the high places, the hills, and under every green tree.
4. So, the Lord used the king of Syria to defeat Ahaz bringing large numbers of his people to Damascus.
5. Ahaz was given to the king of Israel; he lost 120,000 in one day because he had forsaken the Lord.
6. Ahaz’s son Maaseiah was killed along with Azrikam the commander and Elkanah the next in authority to the king.
7. Israel took 200,000 captives from the relatives, women, sons, and daughters along with much spoil back to Samaria.
8. Oded, a prophet met the men of Israel telling them to send the captives back to Judah because the wrath of the Lord is against you for these sins.
9. Many of the chiefs stood up against those who were coming from war and said to them, “You shall not bring the captives in here, for you propose to bring upon us guilt against the Lord in addition to our present sins and guilt.”
10. The captives were brought to their kinsfolk at Jericho and the men of Israel returned to Samaria.
11. King Ahaz sent to the king of Assyria for help for the Edomites and Philistines again had invaded and defeated Judah and carried away captives.
12. Instead of strengthening Ahaz, the Assyrians came against him and although Ahaz gave tribute to the king of Assyria; it did not help him.
13. Ahaz became more faithless to the Lord for he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus that had defeated him.
14. Ahaz converted the vessels of the house of the Lord into altars, locked the doors, and made high places for sacrifices provoking the Lord to anger.
15. Ahaz’s son Hezekiah reigned in his place.

2 Chronicles 29, Hezekiah Reigns in Judah, Hezekiah Cleanses the Temple, and He Restores Temple Worship
1. Hezekiah was 25 when he began to rule in Judah; he reigned for 29 years doing right in the eyes of the Lord.
2. Hezekiah opened the doors to the temple and cleansed and repaired all that was in it removing all filth.
3. Hezekiah brought in the priests and the Levites instructing them to consecrate themselves and the house of the Lord and to minister to him and make offerings to him.
4. Hezekiah made a covenant with the Lord in order that his fierce anger would turn away.
5. The priests and the Levites consecrated themselves and went in to cleans the house of the Lord as he had commanded.
6. After 16 days the priest and the Levites reported that the house of the Lord was fully consecrated and all vessels had been restored.
7. The King Hezekiah ordered sacrifices on the altar of the Lord for burnt offering and sin offering for all of Israel.
8. The Levites stood in the house of the Lord with symbols, harps, and lyres along with the priests with trumpets and the whole assembly worshiped, the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded until the burnt offering was finished.
9. Then Hezekiah and the officials commanded the Levites to sing praises to the Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer.
10. Thus the service of the house of the Lord was restored.

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