Ezra 1: God Is True to His Word

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia… -Ezra 1:1 Ezra begins with the fulfillment of God’s promise–the promise to restore Israel to its land following seventy years of exile. While we may not see the significance of this fulfillment, the priest Ezra noted it as being of utmost importance. Could God reveal the future seventy years… Read more

2 Chronicles 36: No Remedy

15 The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. -2 Chronicles 36:15-16 God’s judgment comes when there is no remedy. In Israel’s case, he sent many messengers to call his people… Read more

2 Chronicles 35: Acts of Devotion

26 The other events of Josiah’s reign and his acts of devotion in accordance with what is written in the Law of the Lord— 27 all the events, from beginning to end, are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. -2 Chronicles 35:26-27 What will people remember about you the most when your life is over? This is a tough question to ask, but not as tough to answer. People will remember most about you what you value… Read more

2 Chronicles 34: Finding the Book of the Law

Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” -2 Chronicles 34:15 When Hilkiah worked to remodel the temple, he found the Book of the Law. Apparently, Scripture had not been read in a long, long time. He gave it to Shaphan in order to share with King Josiah. We find it was not only finding the Word, but also his response to it, that changed his life and… Read more

2 Chronicles 33: Seek the Favor of God

12 In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. 13 And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God. -2 Chronicles 33:12-13 Manasseh had been judged because of his rebellion against God. But we also find that at his lowest… Read more

2 Chronicles 32: The Power of Prayer

20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21 And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons, his own flesh and blood, cut him down with the sword. 22 So the Lord saved Hezekiah… Read more

2 Chronicles 31: Devoted to the Law of the Lord

He ordered the people living in Jerusalem to give the portion due the priests and Levites so they could devote themselves to the Law of the Lord. -2 Chronicles 31:4 It has always been God’s intention that his people be devoted to the law of the Lord. In the time of Moses, the law was revealed. Then a tribe of men called Levites were selected to serve as those in charge of worship, with some of these men serving as… Read more

2 Chronicles 30: He Will Not Turn His Face

The Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him. -2 Chronicles 30:9 We are often called in Scripture to return to the Lord. Why? This verse offers three key reasons. First, we are to return to the Lord because he is gracious. His grace is sufficient to forgive our every sin, flaw, problem, addiction, and omission. Second, we are to return because of God’s compassion. He not only… Read more

2 Chronicles 29: Do Not Be Negligent

My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before him and serve him, to minister before him and to burn incense. -2 Chronicles 29:11 King Hezekiah offered one of the best motivational talks in the Bible. The priest had become unfaithful, something the king sought to change. In his speech, he challenged them in four key ways. First, he reminded them of their calling. They had been chosen by the Lord for their… Read more

2 Chronicles 28: Speaking Truth to Help the Weak

9 But a prophet of the Lord named Oded was there, and he went out to meet the army when it returned to Samaria. He said to them, “Because the Lord, the God of your ancestors, was angry with Judah, he gave them into your hand. But you have slaughtered them in a rage that reaches to heaven. 10 And now you intend to make the men and women of Judah and Jerusalem your slaves. But aren’t you also guilty of sins… Read more