1st and 2nd Chronicles really are chronicles of the people, the culture, the time and place, of Jesus's ancestors. It is a remarkable, and inspiring record for the character of God portrayed in this history, as well as man's weakness or inclination to repeat mistakes. Over and over again, through the rule and reign of different kings, these people seem to reap reward or negative consequences depending on the direction or wisdom of their leadership as well as their individual choices.
Before I address my points from chapter 31 and 32, you may like to check out more from this ongoing series @ Words From the Wheel where Stacey writes, or @ No Longer Lukewarm where Angela writes, or @ The Musings of Mum where Tatiana writes. These sisters and I are immensely blessed by endeavoring to read the Bible cover to cover, and take turns blogging as we go.
The Stage for 2 Chronicles 31
The stage for 2 Chronicles 31 is that King Hezekiah has done everything he can think of or manage, to bring the people back into service to God and compliance of God's laws through Moses. This is a massive organizational undertaking due to the increase in population and geographic distance spanned.
This is a great chapter to study for inspiration to tithe, GIVE, keep faith and courage. These chapters well illustrate REWARD comes through obedience and faith!!
And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.
*If God so honored giving, then, do you think He would do less for us, who are righteous in Christ?
*If God delivered victory to His faithful then, do you think He would do less for us today, who are His in Christ?
*How does knowing God, and having the Old Testament record inspire or encourage you?
Dear Father, I am so grateful for Your Word preserved, and Your mercy and grace, and the miraculous blessing that I know You. I pray that through the Holy Spirit I will continue to grow, and be used by You. May I be at your faithful service, as you lead. In Jesus's name I pray, amen.