Day 91 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 2 Chronicles 32 to 36
🍇 Simple thoughts for
"When he was in distress, he entreated the favour of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the
God of his fathers". 2 Chronicles: 33: 12
After Hezekiah's death, his son Manasseh became king at the age of 12 and he was the longest reigning king ruling Judah for 55 years. But he went astray from his father's God and became the worst king who reintroduced idol worship and made his sons to walk over fire. He practiced witchcraft, placed an idol in the Jerusalem temple. He offered his own son as sacrifice to Molech, a heathen idol. Above all he made the people worship idols, thus provoking God's anger. God in His mercy warned Manasseh and the people, but they would not listen.
⚡ So God made the captains of the Assyrian king draw Manasseh with hook and chains to Babylon. When he was in distress,
he remembered the God of his fathers, and humbled before him, repented and prayed to Him. God in His mercy heard his cry and
brought him back to Jerusalem.
⚡ A real transformation has come into the life of Manasseh, like that of the prodigal son who returned to his father. He made his change real by taking away the foreign idols first. Then he tore out the altars he had built in the temple, repaired the altar of God and offered sacrifices to the living God of Israel.
⚡ The Bible says, "if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" ( 1 John: 1: 8-9 )
⚡ The reason God cannot come into our life is that we are not at the point of complete repentance. When we repent, we realize that we are absolutely helpless.
⚡ We know that Peter and Judas sinned by denying and betraying the Lord Jesus respectively. But Peter confessed his sin and repented to be restored. But Judas confessed to the High priest and repented not, which led him to utter
⚡ The scripture says, "For godly sorrow produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death" ( 2 Corinthians: 10:7 )
💥 Let us take a moment to reflect how often we have sinned against God? Don't be self satisfied to think" 0, I am not like that "
God proves our heart. A repented life is a restored life.
Dr. Thomas David🎯
👉Sennacherib asked, On what are you trusting? [2 Ch 32:10]
❓Made me think … Am I prepared to give an answer - what am I trusting? Job, banks, friendship, my abilities etc….
❓When I look at the future what do I see as my biggest asset/ liability which brings me a feeling of security/ insecurity?
The Apostle Peter wrote:
💥And do not fear their fear, nor be troubled, but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason of the hope in you, with meekness and fear; [1 Pt 3:14-15 MKJV]
💥Don't give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak ... [1 Pt 3:14-15 MSG]
✴We sanctify the Lord, when we see HIM as the Master – the One we serve & obey, the Only One worth fearing.
✴Sanctifying the Lord, prepares our hearts to obey God, resist satan. It gives us firmness of resolve.
✴It enables us to abide in the love of Christ who is our and wisdom.
✴It enables us to listen for the Holy Spirit – who supplies the words we need to speak. [Rf Luke 21:12-15]
⚓Hezekiah & the people of Judah saw God as holy/ set apart from the rest of the pack. [Rf 2 Ch 32:7-8, 19]
⚓In their hearts they made a distinction between the work of man’s hands & God the Creator of heaven & earth…
⚓Therefore their hearts were prepared (resolved, fixed, established) to stand faithful to God.
🚩 Sadly, Josiah’s sons -- Eliakim/Jehoiakim & Mattaniah/ Zedekiah -- did not prepare their hearts in the Lord, they did not see God as holy…
Consequence: Eliakim walked away from God. Zedekiah wanted to obey God, but he feared Man more than he did God…
Result: Judah was led astray by them and went into captivity. [2 Ch 36]
🌱Jehoiachin was a young lad when he was taken away to Babylon. He spent 37 yrs in prison, till Evil-Merodach had pity on him.
🌾 In Babylon, the Word that had been sown in Jehoiachin’s heart bore fruit.
Clue/proof: his son’s name - Shealtiel which means asked of the Lord.
The name gives a hint that Jehoiachin prayed for mercy, hope & deliverance, and saw God answer prayers. [Rf 1 Ch 3:17, 2 Kgs 25:27-30]
God’s people always foolishly stray from Him. But God is a loving Father & a Good Shepherd. He never gives up on us. He always keeps coming after His people with cushions of grace… seeking to lighten our burden and mitigate the consequences of our sin.
I think that this time round I have seen more clearly the aching heart of God as He waits to embrace His people to shelter them from the Evil One…
⚓❤God has prepared/fixed His heart in steadfast love …
Abba Father, forgive me for wandering off from You… for being so easily distracted… for forgetting Your goodness so easily. Help me to be deaf to satan’s whispers & alive to the sound of Your voice. You see me as the Pearl of Great Price and keep coming after me… Help my heart to know Your love more deeply. I want to grow rooted & grounded in Your love. Thank You. In Jesus Name. Amen.
I AM THE CREATOR EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW
⏳ Sennacherib Boasts Against the Lord
After these events, in which King Hezekiah served the LORD faithfully, Sennacherib, the emperor of Assyria, invaded Judah.
When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib intended to attack Jerusalem also, he and his officials decided to cut off the supply of water outside the city in order to keep the Assyrians from having any water when they got near Jerusalem. The officials led a large number of people out and stopped up all the springs, so that no more water flowed out of them.
The king strengthened the city's defenses by repairing the wall, building towers on it, and building an outer wall.
*Be determined and confident, and don't be afraid of the Assyrian emperor or of the army he is leading.
We have more power on our side than he has on his.
He has human power, but we have the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles. The people were encouraged by these words of their king.*
*I, Sennacherib, Emperor of Assyria, ask what gives you people the confidence to remain in Jerusalem under siege.
Hezekiah tells you that the LORD your God will save you from our power, but Hezekiah is deceiving you and will let you die of hunger and thirst.
The Assyrian officials said even worse things about the LORD God and Hezekiah, the LORD's servant.
💫 Then King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz prayed to God and cried out to him for help.
💫 The LORD sent an angel that killed the soldiers and officers of the Assyrian army. So the emperor went back to Assyria disgraced. One day when he was in the temple of his god, some of his sons killed him with their swords.
In this way the LORD rescued King Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the power of Sennacherib, the emperor of Assyria, and also from their other enemies. He let the people live in peace with all the neighboring countries.
Many people came to Jerusalem, bringing offerings to the LORD and gifts to Hezekiah, so that from then on all the nations held Hezekiah in honor.
⏳ Hezekiah Humbles Himself
About this time King Hezekiah became sick and almost died. He prayed, and the LORD gave him a sign that he would recover.
Finally, however, Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem humbled themselves, and so the LORD did not punish the people until after Hezekiah's death.
and even when the Babylonian ambassadors came to inquire about the unusual event that had happened in the land, God let Hezekiah go his own way only in order to test his character.
⚖ Be Merciful with Innocent
As I AM.......
I AM COMING SOON .....
"ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BELONGS TO GOD ALONE"
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💥 Greater Power with Us 💥
With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us fight our battles. Sennacherib king of Assyria invaded Judah. He insulted the king and also the God of Israel. They spoke about the God of Jerusalem.
💥 The only thing Hezekiah did was to CRY OUT TO GOD IN PRAYER. God sent an angel who annihilated the fighting men , leaders and officers. So Sennacherib withdrew to his own land in disgrace. God took care of him on every side. Hezekiah succeeded in everything he did. The Chronicler calls Hezekiah Second Solomon by recounting his wealth.
Pride of Hezekiah
The Chronicler does not specify the nature of Hezekiah's pride. Even for a Second Solomon" like Hezekiah, disobedience brings anger from the Lord. Hezekiah was succeeded by his son Manasseh.
👑 Manasseh king of Judah 👑
It is heart breaking to know that the son of Hezekiah did evil against the Lord by turning to idolatory. He sacrificed his sons, practiced idolatory, divination and witch craft. He placed idols in the temple. He did not give heed to God's voice. So the king of Assyria took Manasseh as a prisoner. In his distress he cried unto the Lord. The Lord had compassion and brought him back. He knew that the Lord is God and cleansed his kingdom of idolatory. His son Amon succeeded him.
👑 Amon 👑
Amon did evil in the sight of the Lord and turned to idolatory. He did not humble himself. His officials assassinated him. Josiah his son succeeded him.
Josiah did right in God's eyes and walked in the ways of his father David. He was only 8 years old, but he was seeking God. In his 12th year he cleansed Judah and Jerusalem of the altars of baal, Asherah poles, idols and images. In his 18th year the temple was repaired. All the men did their work faithfully.
📙 The Book of the Law 📙
The Book of the Law was found in the temple. The anger of the Lord was severe over his fathers for forsaking Him and turning to other Gods. God was going to bring great disaster. Because Josiah humbled himself and wept before God, all the disaster would take place after his death. The Book of the Law was read to all the people. As long as Josiah lived the people did not fail to follow the Lord.
Josiah celebrated the Passover
None of the kings had celebrated the Passover as Josiah did with the priests, Levites and all Judah and Israel who were in Jerusalem. Josiah was killed when the king of Egypt came to fight in the plain of Megiddo.
✴ The Fall of Jerusalem ✴
The people only scoffed and despised God's warnings. The anger of the Lord made the Babylonians come and totally destroy Jerusalem and all the treasures were carried away. The remnant became servants in Babylon. For 70 years this carried on.
Our young Children
Josiah was only 8 years old when he became king. God was able to use Josiah to cleanse the kingdom from idolatory. In his 18th year he celebrated the Passover in a very grand scale. God used him in his young age for his glory and honour.
👶 How about our Children? 👶
Are they brought up in the fear of God to obey His words and live lives pleasing to His name? As parents let us remember that our FIRST MINISTRY is in the home to bring up our children in the fear of God.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa 📝
After king Hezekiah prayed with the prophet Isaiah,one angel defeated the entire Assyrian army 2 chron 32:20_21
King Assyria made war on Judah .So Hezekiah prepared for the War by
1 stopping the flow of springs outside the city.
2..Repairing the broken sections of the wall of Jerusalem by erectiñg towers and constructing a second wall outside the first.
3.Repairing the fortress of Millo
4 Manufacting large number Of weapons and shields
5 Appointing military officers over the people
6 Encouraging and installing faith in the people by saying "
Be strong and courageous. Don't be afraid or discouraged because of king of Assyria or his mighty army ,for there is a power far greater on our side He increased their faith by saying that they have a great army merely men,but we have the lord our God to help us and fight our battles.
King Sennacherib threatened Jerusalem.The officers of Assyria spoke aloud to the people of Jerusalem belittling the lord and mocking people's trust in Him.Hezekiah showed his true moral strength by joining together with the prophet Isaiah humbled himself and prayered
God intervened to deliver His people.God sent an angel to impart justice.God sent an angel and killed 185000 Assyrians (2 kings 19;35)The king of Assyria went to the house of God in shame and was slain by his sons.
Hezkiah could see with the eyes of faith The number of his opponents meant nothing as long as he was on lord's side. Zech 4:6 Not by might nor by power but by my spirit says the lord Almighty .Hezekiah could confidently encourage his men because he had no doubt about where he stood with God.
Are we on the lord's side?we can face and win our battles with God's strength. No matter how impressive our enemies look,God is more powerful than all of them put together
Father God ,Thank You for the faith You have installed in us.We put our trust in Your safety,Thank You,when You are with us ,we are confidant that our enemies are lost .Thank You lord,we can boldly say as Your children, since God is for us, who can be against us? Thank you for Your favor, Your protection and Your Provision. In Jesus Name Amen
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There is always joy when we find the things ( we love / value most) that are lost .
👉🏽📖 In today's passage 2Chron Chapter 34 it is stated that "the Book of the Law was found in the temple of the Lord " ( v 14,15 ). 💒
✅ Was it really lost ?
Well , it was not lost but it was neglected ; not used nor consulted , and kept somewhere in the four corner of a dusty room in the temple of the Lord.
✅ For how long has the Book been lost ?
Almost 75 years ( 55 + 2 + 18 ) during the reign of Manasseh , Amon and up to the 18th year of Josiah 👉🏽 33:1 , 21 ; 34: 8 , 14. During Manasseh's reign the nation was flooded with idolatry and immorality. The worship of Baal was restored but the temple of the Lord was neglected and the Book of the Law was lying somewhere in the temple .
✅ How was the Book discovered?
The credit goes to King Josiah :
》 At 16 years he began to SEEK the GOD of his father David.
》 At 20 years he began to PURGE OUT the IDOLATRIES from Judah and Jerusalem
》 At 26 years he sent a delegate to REPAIR THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD.
When the repairing work was going on Hilkiah the priest found the Book 📖 🙌
✅ What was the response?
~ Josiah heard it read ( v 18 )
~ Josiah responded with repentance ( v 19 )
~ Josiah desires to know more about God's Will ( v 21 )
~ Josiah read the Book in the hearing of all the people ( v 30 )
~ Josiah renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord ( v 31)
~ Josiah celebrated the Passover to the Lord in Jerusalem ( 35:1 )
💞 Beloved, many times we forget that "we are GOD'S TEMPLE and that GOD'S SPIRIT lives in us" 1Cor 3:16 . Let us search our heart to find out if any repairing work of the temple is needed .
🙎♂ Some Bible versions gives the caption of Luke 2: 41-50 as "Jesus lost in the Temple ". The passage reveals that after the Passover Mary and Joseph , thinking Jesus was in their company, left the Temple and were on the way to their home town. They could not find him , and so they went back to Jerusalem in search of him . Yes, for them the boy Jesus was lost . They were astonished when they found him in the Temple courts, sitting among the teachers , listening to them and asking them questions ( v 46-48 )
🎈 But Jesus was there where he ought to be in his Father's House. It was Mary and Joseph who moved away from the Temple but not Jesus.
💞 Beloved, many times we leave Jesus behind in the Temple ( @ Church ) after the Sunday Devotion , and step out into the world. Let us search our heart to find out whether Jesus is with us in our pilgrimage.
💰 In the parable of the LOST COIN the woman did not go out in the field nor in the city to search out her Lost Coin but she began her searching operation in her home. She did three important things :
》 Burn the lamp. 🔍
》 Sweep the house. 🔍
》 Search out diligently 🔍
💞 Beloved, the coin was lying inside the house ; it was difficult to find out because of darkness and dirt . Let us search our heart to find out when / how to light the lamp and to sweep away the dirt .
🎈 We serve a God who "... came to SEEK and to SAVE what was LOST " Luke 19:10
Amazing grace , how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me !
I once was LOST but now am FOUND
Was Blind but now I See .
GLORY TO GOD 🙏
Mark Boje, ArP🌄
In a Nutshell
♥ God's Heart ♥
The Book of Kings and the Book of Chronicles records the life of the Kings of Israel. God selected the first king Saul, but soon he missed his mark and ended in misery. The next king David turned out to be a man after God's heart. Most of the successive kings except a few lived to do evil in the sight of God.
♥ The Book of Chronicles end depicting God's heart filled with love and compassion for His erring people. God was not done with His wayward people. He kept on sending Messengers and Prophets to warn them. He permitted afflictions to make them repent and seek Him.
📖 The Lord, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. (2 Ch 36:15)
As a father pities his children, God pities His people. No earthly father abandons his erring children. He does all that he can to bring them to the right direction. If earthly father does so, how much our Heavenly Father God in heaven will care for His children.
♥ God sent them Messengers who conveyed His message of love and rebuke. God sent them Prophets who warned them of the misery of their sin. Yet the people hardly repented neither did they change their ways. Instead:
📖 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy. (2 Ch 36:16)
The people mocked, despised and scoffed until the wrath of God was aroused. God in His compassion sent them warnings but the people hardened their heart.
♥ We are living in the End Times. God loves all the people as He created them. He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross as a ransom for their sins. This good news is preached constantly to the ends of the world. Some heed and accept Jesus as they Saviour. Whereas others turn a deaf ear to His message. A day is coming when the door of mercy in heaven will be shut. Till then let us show forth His love and preach His message of salvation. And God said:
📖 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.” “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. (Rev 22:11-12)
God bless us to be channels of blessings.
Mrs Sheela Jebakumar ✍
Everyday Bible Devotion
😣💪 Hezekiah's Perseverance
2 CHRONICLES 32:27-33
Years ago, before things became easy after Internet era, I found it difficult to stand waiting in long queues to get things done. Have you tried standing in a queue to book a train ticket at any Railway Station during peak hours? When there were options, I admit, I did bribe clerks, peons or agents to beat the queue! Not a good idea, of course! I did lack the patience to persevere in getting certain things done. A lot has changed now. 👬👫
Who or what motivates you to persevere when you're faced with an obstacle or difficult situation in life? If nothing works, just pray!
King Hezekiah persevered and prospered while providing for the people in his kingdom. One great example of Hezekiah's extent of perseverance is when he built a tunnel, which he arranged to dig under the City of David. ⛲💦💧 (Ref. 2 Chronicles 32:3-4; v. 30)
What did building the tunnel do? The tunnel allowed the springs of Gihon to flow freely into the city. Now people had easier access to water, in case of any siege or war. The 1700 feet long tunnel was carved through stone and hill. Nowadays it won't take much time to complete such a task. 💦
Today we have the right explosives and modern machinery to accurately drill through hills and stones much faster and efficiently. But in Hezekiah's time, it was done by human hands, little by little, chipping stones away by simple tools. A Herculean task, indeed! ⚒⛏⛏
Perseverance is a valuable skill that everyone of us could benefit from, especially when great obstacles stand in our way. 😓
Normally people could get discouraged and lose heart when faced with very difficult situations and tasks. Those who refuse to be discouraged or to give up can serve as a source of encouragement and vision for others.
When I see certain contributors here constantly and consistently contributing write-ups and insights about the daily Bible readings, it's amazing, and really a great inspiration to me. I must admit, it's not easy task to contribute quality write-ups every single day, that are to be read by hundreds or thousands of readers. Kudos to each one of them for their perseverance and dedication. God never fails such of them. ✍
May the good Lord help every member here to be persistent and patient in their Bible Readings, being ready and prepared to contribute regularly, maintain a consistent relationship with family and friends, and build up godly values even when we are tempted to get fully discouraged, mad, and frustrated with others and situations around us! We're not recommended to Count Sheep, but to Count on God when it matters! When God is with us, what can go against us? ✝
♪♪ God of grace and God of glory, ♪♪
♪♪ on your people pour your power; ♪♪
♪♪ Cure your children's warring madness; ♪♪
♪♪ bend our pride to Your control; ♪♪
♪♪ shame our wanton, selfish gladness, ♪♪
♪♪ rich in things and poor in soul. ♪♪
♪♪ Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, ♪♪
♪♪ lest we miss your kingdom's goal, ♪♪
God bless you!
- Bob, Bangalore! 😃
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Manasseh began his reign by doing much evil in God's sight, and committed the same horrible sins practiced by the nations whom the LORD drove out ahead of the Israelites, 2 Chronicles 33:2. Yet, he reigned for 55 long years only going to show the tremendous mercy and patience of God given to us with the aim that we will repent. And yes, Manasseh did repent after God punished him and caused the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria to seize Manasseh, put hooks in his nose, bind him with bronze chains, and carry him away to Babylon, vs 11.
In his pain Manasseh asked the LORD his God for mercy and truly humbled himself before the God of his ancestors, and God graciously forgave him and brought him back to Jerusalem.Then Manasseh realized that the LORD is the true God, vs 12-14! After his death, his son Amon , who replaced him as king, once again did evil in God's sight and did not repent of the same, vs 22. He was then killed by his servants after reigning for just two years, vs 21, 24, His son Josiah was made king in his place, vs 25. Josiah turned out to be an excellent king, 2 Chronicles 34:2! In the eighth year of his reign, when he was just 16 years old, he began seeking God earnestly, vs3, and took radical steps to rid Israel of every form of idolatry and began repairing the temple of the Lord, vs 4-8. During that time, Hilkiah the priest found the law scroll the LORD had given to Moses, in the temple, vs14.
On hearing the words of the scroll, the king tore his clothes, realising that the Lord's fury had been ignited against them, because their ancestors had not obeyed the word of the Lord, vs 21. The Lord confirmed the same through Huldah the prophetess, who also added that God would not allow that to come to pass during Josiah's reign, because he displayed a sensitive spirit and humbled himself before God when he heard the words of the scroll, vs 27,28. On hearing this, the king had the words of the scroll read to all the residents of Judah and Jerusalem and made a covenant with the Lord to obey all His laws, vs 31. At the appointed time, he went on to observe the Passover like it had not been observed in Israel since the days of Samuel the prophet, 2 Chronicles 35: 18.
The only mistake that he made was that of involving himself in a battle against King Necho of Egypt, which was contrary to God's will, and lost his life as a result, vs 20-24! His son Jehoahaz who replaced him as king, 2 Chronicles 36:1, as well as, the subsequent kings who came after him, viz. Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah all rebelled against God. Even when God punished them for the same and spoke to them through His prophets, they still refused to repent. So God was forced to give them over as slaves under the Babylonian empire, and the land experienced its sabbatical years and remained desolate for seventy years, as prophesied by Jeremiah, vs 15-21. It was only in the first year of the reign of King Cyrus of Persia, in fulfillment of the promise he delivered through Jeremiah, that God moved King Cyrus to issue a written decree throughout his kingdom saying that He had been appointed to build a temple in Jerusalem and was willing to make arrangements to do so, for those who were willing to go back to Jerusalem and begin the work, vs 22,23. God delights to see his people broken and repentant over their sins.
From Manasseh's life, (who reigned for 55 years), we see that God was even willing to lengthen their lives if he knew that they would eventually choose to repent. But in Amon's case, perhaps God saw that there was no hope of him repenting, and so, he reigned for just 2 years before he died! The amazing sense of the justice of God is made evident through these stories and while he does not show partiality, he is willing to forgive the worst sinner, if he is willing to give up his sin and wholeheartedly seek God for mercy!
May we determine to always stay in the place of humility where God's grace can reach us, for no matter how horrible a sinner we are, or for how long we have sinned, God's grace will always prove more than sufficient to exalt the humble!