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Bible Commentaries
2 Chronicles 36

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Verses 15-16

2 Chronicles 36:15-16

I. Prophecy is as old as the Hebrew nation itself, and indeed far older. The life of the nation begins with the age of Moses, but Moses in his writings leads us back to the fountain-head of man's history, and shows us the first dawn of the Divine revelation, breaking through the darkness of that old-world history, and making it bright with the promise of a glorious, though far-distant, day.

II. The national life is everywhere closely intertwined with this Divine revelation, which both precedes and survives it. The vital connection is seen most clearly in each great turning-point of the history and in each mastermind which rules the crisis that it helps to create. (Examples: Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Elijah.)

III. Notice a few inferences from this sketch of prophecy in its external aspect. (1) Prophecy as it existed in Israel is a fact unique in the world's history. (2) In Israel itself the prophetic gift is not general, nor even common, but each one in whom it appears is regarded as a man set apart from, and raised above, his fellows. He is pre-eminently "the man of God." (3) We find the claim of the prophets universally acknowledged by the people among whom they lived, and to whom they were as often messengers of unwelcome reproof as of comfort or promise, and as often objects of fear and hatred as of reverence and wonder.

E. H. Gifford, Voices of the Prophets, p. 51.

Verse 16

2 Chronicles 36:16

These words contain three facts, and each one is of the greatest importance. (1) That there was at least, at one time a remedy. (2) That the remedy went on, and might have been used, for a very long period. (3) That there came a time when the remedy ceased.

I. All life is remedy. The conditions of things require it. Life is one great restorative process. (1) First comes that marvellous provision which God has made for our recovery in Jesus Christ. (2) Subordinate to this great remedy of the Cross of Christ, and working with it, all providences have a curative character. (3) Every one carries within himself an antidote to himself. Conscience, till it is silenced, is a sure antidote for evil.

II. Notice the word "till." It shows how slow God is to take away the remedy. His mercy still holds back the arm of justice. But we may sin ourselves into a state, not in which there is no forgiveness, but in which there will be no thought or desire to seek for forgiveness. There is the bourn worse than any grave from which no man has returned. "There is no remedy," not on God's account, but on your own; not in God's want of will to save you, but in your own incapacity to will your own salvation.

J. Vaughan, Sermons, 15th series, p. 213.

Verses 22-23

2 Chronicles 36:22-23

I. The name of Cyrus, the point of the compass indicative of his birthplace, and the direction of his march upon Babylon are distinctly foretold.

II. Isaiah describes with remarkable accuracy the personal character of Cyrus. His warlike spirit, his towering ambition, the rapidity of his conquests, the equity of his administration, and his heathen religion are all declared after the manner of prophecy.

III. The significance of the prophecy deepens when it comes to describe the conquests achieved by Cyrus. History but repeats these prophecies in describing the facts as they occurred.

IV. Isaiah explicitly foretells the restoration of Judah from captivity and the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem through the agency of Cyrus.

V. These facts suggest the admonition that young minds should guard with especial care against the beginnings of distrust in the Divine origin of the Bible. It is the word of God. True or false, it is inspired by an omniscient mind. If false, it is a fraud so stupendous that mortal man could never have originated it. The grandeur of the imposture would be as miraculous as the truth.

A. Phelps, The Old Testament a Living Book, p. 295.

Reference: 2 Chronicles 36:22 , 2 Chronicles 36:23 . Expositor, J. M. Fuller, 3rd series, vol. ii., p. 469.

Verse 23

2 Chronicles 36:23

I. The Israelites were to build a material temple.

II. Though we may best seek God in His house, we may find Him everywhere.

III. God's truest temple is the upright heart and pure.

IV. In striving to hallow in our own mortal bodies a temple for God's habitation, we shall be joining to build yet another temple the Church or society of God's children.

V. Truth is the condition on which God will deign to dwell in the house we build.

F. W. Farrar, In the Days of thy Youth, p. 209.

Bibliographical Information
Nicoll, William R. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 36". "Sermon Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/sbc/2-chronicles-36.html.
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