2 Chronicles 21-22

2 Chronicles 21-22

Chapter 21: Jehoram Slays His Brothers

Jehoshaphat rested with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. Jehoram, the son of Jehoshaphat ruled in his place. The sons of Jehoshaphat were; Azariah, Jehiel, Zehariah, Azaryahu, Michael, and Shephatiah. Jehoshaphat gave all of his son’s great gifts of silver, gold, precious things and fortified cities. But Jehoshaphat gave Jehoram the kingdom, because he was the first born. Jehoram was 32 years old when he became king, the first thing that he did once he became king was to kill all of his brothers and all the princes in his lands, so that he could have all the power. He ruled for 8 years in Jerusalem.

Jehoram walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, just like the house of Ahab had done. His wife was one of the daughters of Ahab. Jehoram did evil in the sight of the Lord. But oddly enough the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the promise and covenant that he had made with David not to destroy his house.

The Edomites decided that they did not want to live under the rule of Jehoram any longer, so they set out to make a king over themselves. So Jehoram went out with his officers and all of his chariots and attacked the Edomites who had surrounded him by night, in revolt against his authority.

A letter came to Jehoram from the Prophet Elijah, which read; …Thus saith the Lord God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah, But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father’s house, which were better than thyself: Behold, with a great plague will the Lord smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods: And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.” (2 Chronicles 21: 12-15)

The Lord also stirred up the spirit of the Philistines and the Arabians against Jehoram and they came up to Judah and invaded it, and carried away all the possessions that were found in the kings house, and all of his sons and wives, only leaving behind his youngest son; Jehoahaz. After all of this, the Lord also struck Jehoram with an incurable disease of the intestines, which he died painfully 2 years later. No one was saddened by his death. The people did bury him in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.

Chapter 22: Ahaziah Reigns in Wickedness

The inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah, the youngest of the king’s son to reign in his place. Ahaziah was 42 years old when he became king and he reigned only one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah, the granddaughter of Omri. Ahaziah also walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and the house of Ahab, because his mother advised him to do wickedly. Because of this, he did evil in the sight of the Lord. Ahaziah followed their advice and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth Gilead where the Syrians wounded Joram. Then he returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds which he had received at Ramah, when he fought against the king of Syria. Azariah went down to see Jehoram Jezreel, because he was sick. This was sort of a setup, because God knew that he would go, and this would be Ahaziah’s downfall, because when he arrived, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, who the Lord had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab.

When Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah’s brothers who served Ahaziah, he killed them. Then he searched for Ahaziah; and they caught him (he was hiding in Samaria), and brought him to Jehu. They killed Ahaziah and buried him; this left the house of Ahaziah without power over the kingdom. Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah upon hearing of her son’s death killed all the royal heirs in the house of Judah. While Athaliah was doing this, Jehoshabeath (the daughter of the king) took Joash (the son of Ahaziah) and hid him, so Athaliah could not murder him. Joash remain hidden in the house of God for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land.

Genesis 43-45

Genesis 43-45

Chapter 43: The Brothers of Joseph and Benjamin

Jacob/Israel tells his sons that they need to go down to Egypt again to buy corn, because they had run out of food.

The sons tell their father that they must go down to Egypt with Benjamin, because Joseph had told them that he would not show his face, unless they brought their younger brother. Jacob/Israel agrees and lets his sons go on their journey to Egypt. They bring with them enough money for double the amount of corn that they bought last time + enough to pay for the corn from the last time (because after getting the corn the first time, they saw that the money was still in their bags). When they arrive to Egypt and see Joseph, Joseph sees that they had brought Benjamin and tell one of his servants to make ready for lunch, because he wanted them to eat with him.

When Joseph’s brothers get taken into his house they start to get nervous that they would be killed or made into slaves. Joseph’s brothers plead with him and tell him that they had brought the money back (and swore that they did not know the money was in their bags when they left/they didn’t know that they hadn’t paid for the corn the first time). Joseph assures them that he had gotten the money the first time and if they still had money, then it must have been a gift from God.

Joseph asks how their father is, asks about his health. Joseph spends some time eating with his brothers.

Chapter 44: Joseph’s Cup

Joseph commands his servants to fill up his brother’s sacks with as much food as each of them can carry. He also commands them to place all the money they brought back into the sacks and in the youngest (Benjamin) he placed a silver cup. Joseph then sends them on their way back to the Land of Canaan, but has his servants pursue after them until they catch up with them and accuse them of stealing the money and the silver cup.

They are brought back before Joseph and Joseph tells them that Benjamin will basically become a slave because he stole from him. Joseph’s brothers plead with Joseph and tell him that if they do not return with Benjamin that it will kill their father (Jacob/Israel). Judah offers to take the place of his brother, so that he will not have the guilt of killing his father.

Chapter 45: Joseph’s Brothers SEE Joseph.

Joseph, standing amongst his brothers could no longer resist in keeping his identity a secret. Joseph screams out to them, telling him “…I am Joseph; doth my father yet live?” (Genesis 45:3)

                When his brothers see him and know that it is Joseph, they stand amazed. Joseph must have also seen fear in their eyes, because he tells them: “…be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither; for God did send me before you to preserve your life. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in which there shall neither be earing nor harvest” (Genesis  45:5-6)

                Joseph’s fame catches ear of Pharaoh, and he tells Joseph to send for his father and his entire family that they might come down to Egypt and dwell with him in the Land of Goshen. Joseph and his brothers embrace each other and cry on each other’s shoulders with JOY!

Joseph’s brothers travel back to the Land of Canaan with wagons of food and goods, and when they tell Jacob/Israel he can hardly believe it. But after seeing all the goods they had with them he believes them and shouts “…my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die” (Genesis 45:28)