Wednesday, July 23, 2008

JOURNEY THROUGH 2 CHRONICLES (PART 2)

This wraps up my recent read through 2 Chronicles from The Message Bible.

19. Be careful, be bold, be diligent--great instructions for any leader.

20. This story about Jehoshophat reminds us that the battles we face are God's battles.

21. How sad when a nation's/church's leader dies and no one sheds a tear.

22. How sad when a mother trains her son in evil ways.

23. Praise God for leaders who courageously make the tough decisions in order to implement godly reforms.

24. We all need spiritual mentors in our lives. When Jehoiada, King Joash's priest, died, things in the country fell apart.

25. I wonder if archaeologists will ever discover the various historical record books mentioned throughout Kings-Chronicles.

26. King Uzziah had difficulty in the one area that almost every effective leader battles--pride.

27. King Jotham is an example of a godly leader who obeyed God; but his people did not follow his godly ways.

28. Talk about unwise moves for a king--Ahaz sacrificed children on pagan altars and he boarded up the doors of the Temple.

29. Thank the Lord for leaders like Hezekiah. They are difference makers for the kingdom.

30. Worship ought to be a huge celebration every Sunday.

31. I'm not a big fan of job descriptions. But the priests and Levites had them in the area of worship renewal under Hezekiah. Two listed duties were: oversee the offerings and make sure thanks and praise were included in the worship.

32. Great leaders are able to build morale when people are discouraged.

33. Manasseh reminds us that no matter how wicked we may be, God still receives a repentant heart.

34. Josiah led the nation to follow God "believingly and obediently"--two great adverbs.

35. What will be said of you after you die? Josiah's life was described as exemplary and devout.

36. This massive historical section comes to an end, squeezing major historical events into a few verses: destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, Babylonian exile, Persia overtaking Babylon, and Jews urged by Persia to return to their homeland.


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