Summary of 2 Chronicles
Chapter by Chapter:
2 Chronicles 35-36: Josiah is Slain/The People Reject the Prophets
The Book of 2 Chronicles is mainly an evaluation of a nation’s religious history. It is a historical record of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, from King Solomon’s reign to the Babylonian exile. The fall of Judah is sad, but there are many who attempt to turn the people back to God. The entire book stresses a lot on the destruction of people who do not follow God. The worship of false gods and the failure to follow the law of God will never end well. The end of Chronicles details the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.
In essence; here is a very quick outline of events:
- Solomon made offerings. God said, “What shall I give you?” Solomon said, “Wisdom to rule this people.” So Solomon ruled over Israel.
- Solomon sent to King Hiram: “Send me cedars and a craftsman for the temple.” Hiram replied, “The Lord has given David a wise son.”
- Solomon started work on the temple. He built the portico, the main hall, the Most Holy Place, two cherubim, the veil and two pillars.
- Solomon made an altar, the Sea, ten lavers, ten lampstands, ten tables and the courts for the temple. Huram made the furnishings.
- The priests brought the ark into the Most Holy Place. The singers praised the Lord and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
- Solomon said, “The Lord has kept his promise.” He prayed, “O Lord, if anyone prays toward this place then hear from heaven and act.”
- Fire came from heaven and the Israelites worshipped. The Lord said to Solomon, “If you walk in my ways I will establish your throne.”
- Solomon built cities. He did not make slaves of the Israelites. He appointed the divisions of priests and Levites to their duties.
- The queen of Sheba came to test Solomon and gave him gold and spices. Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth. Then he died.
- Jeroboam and all Israel asked Rehoboam to reduce the labour demands. He refused. Rehoboam still ruled Judah but Israel rebelled.
- The Lord told Rehoboam not to attack Jeroboam. All the Levites came to Judah because Jeroboam set up idols. Rehoboam had sons.
- Rehoboam was unfaithful to the Lord so Shishak attacked Jerusalem. Rehoboam humbled himself and the anger of the LORD turned away.
- Abijah became king of Judah. He drew up battle lines against Jeroboam and said, “The Lord is our God”. The Lord routed Jeroboam.
- Asa became king. He did right in the sight of the Lord. Zerah the Ethiopian brought an army against Judah but the Lord routed them.
- Azariah said to Asa, “The Lord is with you when you are with Him. Do not give up.” The people made a covenant to seek the Lord.
- Baasha fortified Ramah so Asa made a treaty with Ben-hadad. Hanani said, “You relied on Aram not the Lord.” Asa became ill and died.
- Jehoshaphat became king and was devoted to the Lord. He sent his officials to teach the law. He grew greater and built fortresses.
- Ahab and Jehoshaphat planned for war. Micaiah said, “I saw Israel scattered. Your prophets are lying.” Ahab was killed in battle.
- Jehoshaphat returned to Jerusalem. He appointed judges and said to them, “Judge carefully, for with the Lord there is no injustice.”
- An army came against Jehoshaphat so he sought the Lord. Jahaziel said, “The battle is not yours but God’s.” The Lord set ambushes.
- Jehoram ruled and did evil. Elijah wrote saying, “The LORD will send a plague.” The Lord struck Jehoram with a disease and he died.
- The people made Ahaziah king. He did evil and was killed by Jehu. Athaliah destroyed the royal family but Jehoshabeath hid Joash.
- Jehoiada gathered the Levites and anointed the king’s son as king. Athaliah was killed. The people tore down the temple of Baal.
- Joash ruled and did right while Jehoiada lived. The priests collected money to repair the temple. Joash was killed by his servants.
- Amaziah ruled in Jerusalem. After he slaughtered the Edomites he bowed down to their gods. He challenged Jehoash and was defeated.
- The people made Uzziah king. He did right and became powerful. But he went to burn incense on the altar and was struck with leprosy.
- Jotham became king and did right in the sight of the Lord. He built fortresses in the hills and conquered the Ammonites.
- Ahaz became king. He made idols, so the Lord gave him to Aram and Israel. He shut the temple of the Lord and sacrificed to other gods.
- Hezekiah became king and did right. He told the Levites to cleanse the temple. He assembled the officials and they made offerings.
- Hezekiah sent couriers throughout Judah and Israel saying, “Return to the Lord.” Many gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.
- Hezekiah assigned the priests and Levites to their duties. The Israelites gave a tithe. Conaniah was in charge of the offerings.
- Sennacherib besieged Judah. Hezekiah and Isaiah cried out to the Lord and the Assyrians were struck dead. Hezekiah had great riches.
- Manasseh became king. He did much evil and was captured by the Assyrians. Then he sought the Lord. Amon became king and did evil.
- Josiah became king. He repaired the temple and had the law read out. Huldah said, “The Lord says: You will be buried in peace.”
- Josiah celebrated the Passover. He appointed priests to their duties and provided offerings. Then he attacked Neco and was killed.
- Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah ruled. Then Nebuchadnezzar burned the temple and took Judah captive for seventy years.