2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27; Romans 13:1-14;
Psalm 23:1-6; Proverbs 20:11
2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27
In the book of 2 Chronicles, we get God's take on this period of the kings. We see that God decides to focus on the Southern Kingdom, because those kings are from the line of David. Remember that the Messiah will come through David and God likes to focus His story around events that lead to the birth of Jesus Christ. Today, we will look at three kings from the Southern Kingdom. Remember, there are only 8 good kings out of all of the kings of both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms. That is a pretty bad indictment against the nation of Israel, and yet it reflects a theme that we see throughout the Bible: only a remnant will believe in God. Remember that Jesus taught that the gateway to heaven is narrow and only a few enter through it.
The first king is Uzziah. He is a good king, although not perfect. His reign is marked by rebuilding towns, seeking God, defeating the Philistines and some Arabs, ranching and farming the land, and being a good military leader. Unfortunately, all of these blessings lead to Uzziah becoming prideful. As we all know, pride goeth before a fall. Uzziah's fall occurs when he insists on taking the incense burner into the Temple. This job was only allowed to be done by the priests. There are specific regulations in the Mosaic Law for how incense burning was to occur. Remember, this was a picture of Jesus Christ that was not to be altered.
The second king is Jotham. Jotham is Uzziah's son and is a good king in Judah. Probably because of what happened to his father, Jotham never enters the Lord's Temple. He does rebuild towns, successfully wages war, receives tribute from enemies and is careful to live an obedient life. It seems to me that the consequences that his father suffered had a big impact on Jotham's life.
So what can we learn from the stories of these men? God is aware of who loves Him and who does not love Him. Not all people on earth will love and follow God. That is part of His story. There are consequences for sin. If you are not a believer in God's Messiah, there will be eternal consequences for unforgiven sins.
Are you a believer in God's Messiah? Do you love God?
If you are a believer in God's Messiah-Jesus Christ, then you are able to live a sanctified life. Today, the Apostle Paul continues to show us what a sanctified life looks like. Here are more characteristics of a sanctified believer in Christ:
- Will obey the government, recognizing that God set up government on the earth for the protection of people and to administer justice. Vs. 1-5
- Will pay taxes and duties, and will honor those to whom it is due. Vs. 6-7
- Will pay all of their debts. Vs. 8
- Will never finish paying the debt of loving others, while on earth. Vs. 8
- Will love his neighbor as himself. Vs. 9-10
- Will shed bad living and clothe themselves with good living. Vs. 11-12
- Will not participate in wild parties and getting drunk. Vs. 13
- No adultery, immoral living, fighting or jealousy. Vs. 13
- Will not indulge evil desires, but be controlled by Jesus Christ. Vs. 14
This is one of my favorite psalms. It is worth memorizing, if you have not already done so.
Children can be judged by the way they act. This fits nicely with our lesson from Romans.
What did you notice today?