May 31

 

2 Chronicles

 

2 Chronicles continues where 1 Chronicles ended.  It covers the same time period as 1 and 2 Kings (Solomon, 971-931 B.C. through Zedekiah, 586 B.C.).  However, it focuses only on the kings of Judah and does not deal with Israel.  In the end, they are taken into captivity because of their disobedience to God.  The book concludes with a brief reference to the decree of Cyrus, King of Persia (539 B.C.), that allowed the Jews to return to Judah and rebuild the Temple.

 

2 Chronicles 1-3

 

The Reign of King Solomon, cont’d.                2 Chronicles 1-9:31

 

2 Chronicles 1:1-13-Solomon leads the people to Kiriarth-jearim (6 miles northwest of Jerusalem, cf. 1 Chronicles 16:39) where the Tabernacle was located and makes sacrifices.  David had previously brought the Ark to Jerusalem (:4, cf. 1 Chronicles 15).  God appeared to him in a dream and asks what He can give him.  Solomon prays for wisdom and knowledge to rule.  God was pleased with his request and granted it.

2 Chronicles 1:14-17-Solomon's wealth began to grow greatly.

2 Chronicles 2:1-18-Solomon decides to build the Temple.  He contacts Huram (a different spelling of “Hiram”), king of Tyre, about providing building supplies from Lebanon.  Solomon realizes that there is no way that God could ever be contained in a building.  So, the Temple is not so much a place where God will be confined, as it is a place where God’s people will gather to worship Him.

2 Chronicles 3:1-4:22-Solomon begins building the Temple in Jerusalem on Mt. Moriah (on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite) in April-May, 967 B.C. (Ryrie Study Bible, 2 Chronicles 3:2 footnote, p. 645).

 

For a description and explanation of Solomon’s Temple see:

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/14310-temple-of-solomon

http://www.templemount.org/solomon.html

For an interesting article about the discovery of the location of Solomon’s Temple by Dutch archaeologist Leen Ritmeyer in 2010 see:

http://www.bpnews.net/32107

Interesting facts about Solomon’s Temple:

http://www.biblecharts.org/oldtestament/interestingfactsaboutsolomonstemple.pdf

 

Prayer: Lord, You used Solomon to build a Temple in Your honor, to bring You glory.  I pray that You would allow me to help build Your kingdom.  Please use me to spread the good news of Jesus so that many, many people will be brought to You and into Your kingdom.

 

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