Yes, we are overlapping (repeating) stories again. Same stories told from different views.
5 chapters today…but not hard! You got this!
When we see it is just a Chronicles read, we know it is primarily going to concentrate on the tribe of Judah. Remember Ezra is writing this book as a History lesson for the people that will return to rebuild a temple. Looking back on the history they are going to want to trace the covenant line of “their” people, so that will be the tribe of Judah.
As I am reading I am doing some memory recall. Just in case you jumped in late (or just need it) here are some things that make this reading crystal clear:
What makes sense now that we have read for 6 months:
- Jehosaphat lives in Jerusalem- He is the king of the tribe Judah, Judah and Israel split like a civil war. Judah is the covenant line to bring forth the Messiah-so their capital in Jerusalem. That makes sense. (the Northern tribe’s capital is Samaria.)
- He appointed Judges- Dueteromomy 16:18- The king is to appoint Judges to help him rule the land. Makes sense.
- Priests are only to be from the tribe of Levi. (Levites). And the HIGH priest MUST come from Aaron’s family (Moses’ Brother) Makes sense. Click here for a visual handout. Look for Amariah.
- The Moabites and the Ammonites. Who are they? Go way back to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Genesis 19:30-18. When Lot fled with his daughters, they did not have a man to create a family so they got him (their father) drunk and made a baby with him. The children born grew the nations Moabites and Ammonites. Makes sense.
- When Jehoshaphat stood in front of the assembly he was committing the situation to God and recalled Solomon’s prayer from 2 Chronicles 6 and of course Psalm 136:
“Give thanks to the Lord,
for his love endures forever.”
- The Bible never hides the faults of every man/woman God used (gives me hope for my own life). Jehoshaphat was a fantastic king but he too had his faults. He did make another alliance forbidden in the Law (Exodus 23), this time with Ahaziah, whose ways were wicked. So what they built together God destroyed. Makes perfect sense.
Let’s break down chapter 21…You can’t make this stuff up!!
Look at the drop from Jehoshaphat to Jehoram…the apple fell FAR from the tree. The new king of Judah marries Ahab and Jezebel’s daughter. What?? Ohhhh the humanity! His father brought a huge revival to the nation by teaching the scriptures and trusting the Lord and his son marries the daughter of the most notorious Baal worshiper? (I am going to skim over 21:8 Edom and Libnah revolt, we will talk about that later this week)
Elijah the prophet writes him a letter. This is the only record we have of a prophet from the Northern Kingdom rebuking a king of the Southern Kingdom. (All the other prophets God sent to the Judah were from Judah). The letter stated:
- You have not followed in the footsteps of your father or grandfather
- You instead followed the ways of your horrible in-laws-Ahab’s family
- You murdered your whole family, and they were better than you
- The Lord will punish you by striking down your family (all except 1)
- And Last but not least, you are going to sit on the “throne” and poop the rest of your days.
Look at #4. Why except 1?
Not a son was left to him except Ahaziah, the youngest.
God made a Covenant in 2 Samuel 7 that the line of David will bring the Messiah. If the Lord had not left him one son to carry the kingship…the Covenant would have been broken.
Jehoram- end of the chapter:
He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.
Chapter 22 and 23:
I refer to this visual a lot obviously (worth printing in the handout section). How can his sons be worse???
Ahaziah, who is his mother?
His mom is Athalia. His grandmother is Jezebel.
“He too followed the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him to act wickedly. 4 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father’s death they became his advisers, to his undoing. 5 He also followed their counsel when he went with Joram son of Ahab king of Israel to wage war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth Gilead.”
The irony! Their grandfathers made an alliance and did the same thing at the same place years ago!
Then I read this: He was brought to Jehu and put to death….While Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, he found the officials of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah’s relatives, who had been attending Ahaziah, and he killed them.
If he killed his sons who will be king? What will happen to the Davidic Covenant??
THIS IS CONFUSING (for me) so let’s break it down:
When Athaliah (Jezebel’s daughter) the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family of the house of Judah (so her family line would survive and not the line of Judah). 11 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram, took Joash (her brother) son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes who were about to be murdered and put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Because Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and wife of the priest Jehoiada, was Ahaziah’s sister, she hid the child from Athaliah so she could not kill him. 12 He remained hidden with them at the temple of God for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.
So for 6 years the heir to the throne, Joash, was hidden while Jezebel’s daughter ruled the line of Judah. (Gives me great hope that in the mess of 2020 I know God is behind the scene knowing everything comes in His time for His glory).
OK, I lied. I said this was not a hard read. My head is spinning with names, but I think I drew enough arrows to have it in my head.
Chapter 23: Picture the Priests of the Temple, huddled up making a plan (in my head it looked like a coach and his football players)
EVERY detail was planned out to make sure the House of David Survived, even down to making sure no blood came near the Temple. THE LINE OF DAVID SURVIVES!!!
WOW! What a daily read!!!