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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
2 Chronicles

Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 3 Chapter 5
Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 9 Chapter 10
Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14
Chapter 16 Chapter 18 Chapter 20 Chapter 22
Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 28
Chapter 29 Chapter 30 Chapter 31 Chapter 32
Chapter 34 Chapter 35 Chapter 36

Book Overview - 2 Chronicles

Name. The name Chronicles was given by Jerome. They were the "words of days" and the translators of the Septuagint named them the "things omitted." They were originally one book.

Contents. Beginning with Adam the history of Israel is rewritten down to the return of Judah from captivity.

Relation to Former Books. It covers the same field as all the others. To this time the books have fitted one into another and formed a continuous history. Here we double back and review the whole history, beginning with Adam, and coming down to the edict of Cyrus which permitted the exiled Jews to return to Jerusalem.

Religious Purpose of the Narratives. Several things show these books to have a religious purpose. (1) God's care of his people and his purpose to save them is given special emphasis. (2) The building of the temple is given much prominence. (3) The kings who served God and destroyed idols are given the most conspicuous place. (4) He follows the line of Judah. only mentioning Israel where it seemed necessary. In this way he was following the Messianic line through David. (5) The priestly spirit permeates these books instead of the prophetic elements as in the earlier historical books. The aim, therefore, seems to be to teach rather than to narrate. He seems to teach that virtue and vice, in private or in national affairs, will surely receive their dues-that God must be taken into account in the life of individuals and of nations.

Analysis of Second Chronicles.

  1. The Reign of Solomon, Chs. 1-9.
    1. Building of the temple, Cha. 1-4.
    2. Dedication of the temple, Chs. 5-7.
    3. Solomon's greatness and wealth, Chs. 8-9.

  2. Judah After the Revolt of the Ten Tribes, Chs. 10-36.
    1. Reign of Rehoboam, Chs. 10-12.
    2. Victory of Abijah, Chs. 13.
    3. Reign of Asa, Chs. 14-16.
    4. Reign of Jehoshaphat, Chs. 21-28.
    5. Reign of Hezekiah, Chs. 29-32.
    6. Reign of Manasseh and Amon, Ch. 33.
    7. Reign of Josiah, Chs. 34-35.
    8. The captivity, Ch, 36.

For Study and Discussion. (1) The great men of David. (2) The different victories won by David. (3) The dedication of the temple, especially the prayer. (4) The wealth and follies of Solomon. (5) The scripture and God's house as a means and source of all information, see: (a) Asa's restoration of the altar and its vessels, (b) Jehoshaphat's teaching the people God's law, (c) Joash and God's restored house, (d) The reforms Of Josiah. (6) The reign of Manasseh. (7) The nature of the worship of Judah. (8) The captivity. (9) The value of true religion to a nation. (10) The evil results of idolatry.

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Sunday, May 27th, 2018
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