2 Chronicles 34 & 35
- At what age did Josiah begin to seek the Lord? What effects did this have on his subsequent life both publicly and privately?
- What was the effect of the finding of the Book of the Law: (a) on Josiah, and (b) through him on the nation? Cf. Ps. 119:59, 60. Is the Word of God having the same effect on you, and through your life?
- What does 34:23-28 teach concerning: (a) the investable consequences of sin (cf. Deut. 11:26-28), and (b) God’s attitude to the sincere penitent?
- 34:14. ‘The Book of the Law’ was quite likely Deuteronomy (cf. Deut. 31:26).
- 35:3. It is usually assumed that the ark had been taken out of the Holy of Holies during the repairs, and that the Levites were now bidden to restore it, with the assurance that they would not again be asked to undertake this work. Cf. 1 Chr. 23:26.
- 34:28 and 35:24. Josiah was spared from witnessing God’s anger poured out upon Judah (34:25) by his death, and thus may be said to have died ‘in peace’.
2 Chronicles 36
- Alongside the cataclysmic political happenings, what is the one outstanding event in this chapter that overshadows all else?
- In the indictment of this chapter, on what sin does the emphasis lie (verses 12-16) How would you describe the cause of Judah’s downfall? Cf. 7:19-22.
- In what particular ways did Zedekiah fail?
- What does this chapter reveal about the character of God?
Note. The kings and events of this chapter can be summarized as follows: (a) Jehoahaz was king for three months (verses 1-3). (b) Jehoiakim (Eliakim) reigned for eleven years (verses 4, 5). He was an Egyptian vassal unit the Babylonians defeated them at the Battle of Carchemish (605 BC) and became the dominant power. The first Babylonian invasion occurred during this reign (verses 6, 7). (c) Jehoiachin was king for three months, until the second invasion (verses 10) terminated his reign; 10,000 leading citizens were taken into exile. (d) Zedekiah reigned for eleven years (verse 10, 11). He was a Babylonian vassal and his rebellion precipitated the third invasion, devastation and exile (verses 17, 18) in 586 BC.