This is part of the 66 in 52 Bible Journaling Challenge. Over the course of the 52 weeks in 2018, I plan to focus in on one verse from each book of the Bible with many others who have signed up to join me. Each week I will be posting a summary page with some thought about that week’s book(s) of the Bible along with some links that may help our reflection. Click here to sign up if you want to join us at any point along the journey!
The Big Picture of 2 Chronicles:
Last week I mentioned that 2 Chronicles can sometimes feel like a repeat of stories we’ve already heard. Originally 1 and 2 Chronicles would have been one book, so obviously this second book picks up where the first leaves off around the time of the death of King David. Solomon is now King and this book recaps history all the way up to the time of Jerusalem being captured. It literally means “the events of the years.”
The Message and Purpose of Chronicles:
I shared the following last week from the “She Reads Truth” Bible about 1 and 2 Chronicles. I was originally planning to change this section, but as I glanced back through it I found it interested to read here right in the middle of the book. Perhaps take some time to think about where you have seen these things already and then watch for them again as we read this week.
“Having resettled in Jerusalem after the exile, the Israelites needed to reconnect with their identity as the people of God. Chronicles met this purpose by reminding them of their heritage and by directing them back to God’s presence in their midst as symbolized by the temple. The important ideas emphasized in 1 and 2 Chronicles are:
- A direct connection to God’s people in the past
- The continuity of the line of David on the throne of Judah
- The centrality of the temple and its rituals in focusing on God
- The importance of music in worshiping God
- The invincibility of God’s people when they obey Him
- The inevitability of punishment when God’s people disobey Him.”
(She Reads Truth Bible, pg 595)
A Few Key Verses and Possible Reflection Questions/Prayers:
Some of us are planning to read through the whole book each week, while others are just focusing in on one verse (two this week since we’re in two books!). This section of the weekly intro post might help you narrow down a verse to reflect on for the week, but you do not have to choose one of these verse, pick any section of the book you want! These are just some ideas.
- “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
REFLECTION: What would it look like for you to humble yourself and pray and seek God’s face this week?
- “Solomon went up there before the LORD to the bronze altar which was at the tent of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.” 2 Chronicles 1:6
REFLECTION: Wow. A thousand burnt offerings. That’s a lot. What kind of extravagant worship and sacrifice can you offer God this week as a way to praise and honor Him?
- “…For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12
REFLECTION: Where in life right now do you feel like, “God, I just don’t know what to do!!!” What can you do today to get your eyes back on God even in the middle of that uncertainty?
God’s Grace in 2 Chronicles:
God’s grace in some books like 2 Chronicles might be described a little like “tough love”. At first a lot of what we read seems so harsh and rigid. Yet, when we take a step back, we see that God sometimes allows His children to experience the consequences of their sin because it’s in their best interest. My pastor often talks about how God first tries to woo his children and win them over with His love and kindness. However, if that doesn’t work, He is willing to let hard things happen to them in order to draw them back to Himself. It’s not out of wrath or meanness that He allows punishment, it’s out of His strong desire to have relationships restored. I guess, like an earthly parent does for their kids, it’s true that sometimes we do need a little tough love in order to get us back on the right track, the place that’s best for us. We see this a lot in 2 Chronicles and, at least for me, it causes me to long for the day our Savior King, Jesus, will come and reign in all His glory with no more pain, tears, sin, or hurt.
Some Other Resources:
- The Bible Project summary video of 1 and 2 Chronicles
- A Pinterest board with resources and pictures for 1 and 2 Chronicles
- Reflections on 1 Chronicles
- The 66 in 52 Schedule and Tracking Sheet
So now it’s your turn! Pick a verse and settle in this week, or read through the whole book. If you post any picture or blogs on social media, tag them with #66in52challenge so we can all share in this journey together!