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In 2 Chronicles we leave the era of the united monarchy, when Israel was one united kingdom, and enter the tumultuous time of the divided kingdom when brother fought brother.

It is interesting to compare this week’s chart to that of 2 Kings.  In 2 Kings there is a balanced presentation of the kings and events that took place in both the Northern Kingdom Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah.  This is not the case in 2 Chronicles.  Remember, all that matters to the Chronicler is the throne of David and the Temple.  Neither of these things have anything to do with Israel.  The Only time Israel gets any ink from the Chronicler is when it directly interacts with a Judean King.  Otherwise, they don’t exist.

As you read this history, keep a watchful eye for how the Chronicler is revolving his story around the Temple.  When the Temple is in good shape, so is the kingdom.  When the Temple is in disarray, all hell breaks loose.  Notice how 2 Kings ends with Jehoiachin in Babylon, while 2 Chronicles ends with the Persians allowing the Jews to return to Jerusalem after 70 years of exile.  Why?  To rebuild the Temple of course!

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