2 Chronicles 13: Rehoboam’s son, Abijah, takes over. He goes to war with the northern kingdom and wins, even though he is vastly outnumbered. In his speech to the people of the northern kingdom, he apparently pushed the narrative that David’s line is the only true royal line and the temple is the only legitimate place to worship. As with his father, he had a bunch of wives, 14.
One of the things I’ve started to notice throughout this journey is how I feel connected to things in a different way. I’ve always been a big fan of Christmas songs (just ask my lovely bride). It’s one of my favorite times of the year. However, this year feels a little different. I feel a different type of connection to the music and the discussions than I have in years past. I mentioned this to one of my F3 brothers and he said this made perfect sense because the words have a different meaning now. That’s probably it, but I want to go deeper. I need to go deeper. The only problem is that nothing is coming to mind at the moment. One thing that I need to do better is to write down these thoughts as they hit me and then compile them into one of the reflections like this.
2 Chronicles 7: After Solomon concluded his prayer in the previous chapter God sends down fire from heaven as a sign. We then learn about a big celebration amongst the people. Finally, this chapter ends with Solomon meeting God a second time. In this meeting God tells Solomon that he will work listen to the people when they pray in the temple and he will honor his vow to David as long as Solomon and his successors continue to follow God’s commands. As we learned earlier, that doesn’t happen.
2 Chronicles 4: This chapter provides a detailed description of the equipment inside the Temple.
Introduction to 2 Chronicles: This book begins with the Solomon’s reign and shifts to focus on the history of Judah during the divided monarchy and exile. I noticed that there is no mention of the Northern Kingdom in the introduction. This comes from the NRSV introduction: “The writer excludes the independent history of the Northern Kingdom because he regards both the kingship and the sanctuaries of this new state as an affront to God (13.4–12)” (p. 617). Kinda harsh.
1 Chronicles 28: As I read the notes to this chapter I was reminded of the fact that I’m surprised that there is so much difference between Chronicles and what was in Samuel and Kings. It’s most likely because the Chronicler wants to put people like David in a better light, but that doesn’t make it right. For example, the notes for this chapter point out that in 2nd Samuel, it wasn’t entirely clear at first who would succeed David. There was even an attempt of a rebellion by Adonijah. In 1st Chronicles, David apparently made it clear that Solomon would be his successor.
1 Chronicles 25: Organization of the temple musicians by David.