12/11 Reading (2 Chronicles 32-34; Ephesians 2)

2 Chronicles 32: This is the final chapter to focus on Hezekiah. In this chapter Judah is invaded by Assyria’s King Sennacherib. Sennacherib sent letters to Jerusalem mocking God and telling them no gods were able to save people in the past and it wouldn’t happen this time either. Bad move on his part. God sent a messenger down who utterly destroyed Sennacherib’s army. He went home in disgrace and was murdered by his sons in his temple. The rest of the chapter focuses on the last years of Hezekiah’s rule, which was primarily good.  

As with earlier chapters, this chapter omits a key detail from what was written in 2 Kings. The Chronicler omitted “references to the king’s questionable behavior (i.e., plundering the temple in the hopes of appeasing the Assyrians)” (p. 712 OT). Again, why?  

2 Chronicles 33: The first part of this chapter focuses on the reign of Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh. He does some really bad things and angers God. God tried to stop him but he wouldn’t listen. Alas, God sends foreign invaders to capture Manasseh and take him to Babylon. During his exile he repents and asks for forgiveness. God grants this and allows him to return to Jerusalem. All is well. The chapter ends with his death and a very brief description of his son’s reign (Amon). He does bad things and is executed by his officials.

The interesting part here is that what is written in this chapter does not reflect what was written in 2 Kings. Again, I can argue that this is the Chronicler’s attempt to rewrite history. However, how sure can we be that either of them are accurate in the first place (2 Kings or 2 Chronicles)? This may make people angry, but I think it’s an important question to ask. Instead of rewriting a sidebar note addressing this, I want to just include an image of it from the CEB study bible (p. 715 OT).

Responsibility for Sin

2 Chronicles 34: The next two chapters focus on the reign of Josiah, who did good things according to God. He tore down false idols and repaired the temple. He was also the one who found the instruction scroll from Moses. He talks of the importance of this document.

Ephesians 2: This chapter starts with Paul explaining to the people how their acceptance of Jesus has saved them from their sinful ways and this leads to their salvation. God granted them mercy from their sinful ways because they accepted Jesus as their savior. The second half of this chapter focuses on how the Jews and Gentiles used to be two separate groups of people, but now that the Gentiles have accepted Jesus as their savior, they are all one people and are no longer enemies.

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