A Mess of their Own Making – A Look at All the Kings of 2 Chronicles
I end every blog post with these words, “Walk with the King.”
Jesus is the King of kings!
It says in Revelation of Jesus:
These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”
On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
These verses give me chills! I cannot wait to see Jesus face to face!
Jesus was and is the perfect king.
He is love. He rules with justice but he is also mercy and grace. He is our rock and our redeemer. He has no beginning and no end. He is with us now and we will be with him forever in heaven one day, where he reigns!
So, as we draw near to the end of the book of 2 Chronicles, I can’t help but to reflect on ALL the kings we have looked at in this book of the Bible.
All the earthly kings fall so short of the one king that they all point to – Jesus.
In 2 Chronicles we read about 21 kings. The good kings are in the minority of that 21. The good kings are David, Solomon, Abijah, Jehoshaphat, Jotham, Hezekiah, and Josiah.
21 Kings… and only 7 good ones.
What made these kings good kings?
They followed God.
They tore down idols, restored God’s house, and were mighty in battle.
Then we have the inconsistent kings…who either started out good and ended badly or started out badly and ended good. They are Asa, Joash, Uzziah, and Manassah.
What made them inconsistent?
They were not always faithful to the Lord.
And that brings us to the long list of bad kings. They are Rehoboam, Jehoram, Ahaziah, Queen Athaliah, Amaziah, Ahaz, Amon, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah.
What made these kings bad kings?
They did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord.
More than HALF of Judah’s kings were evil! And the end result of their evil is coming in next week’s reading of 2 Chronicles 36, where it says:
15 The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. 16 But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord rose against his people, until there was no remedy.
Jerusalem Captured and Burned
17 Therefore he brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or aged. He gave them all into his hand. 18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king and of his princes, all these he brought to Babylon. 19 And they burned the house of God and broke down the wall of Jerusalem and burned all its palaces with fire and destroyed all its precious vessels. 20 He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its Sabbaths. All the days that it lay desolate it kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.
God warned his people to turn back to him over and over and they would not listen to him. As a result, he disciplined his own people and allowed them to be taken into captivity.
Friends, 2 Chronicles is MORE than a history book!
This book teaches us about the character of God and the character of man.
It was written for Israel, so when they returned from exile they would be able to remember what happened when they abandoned the laws of God…it was a mess of their own making.
And that lesson is the same for us today.
We must remember that abandoning the laws of God will not go well for us or for our society. It will be a mess of our own making.
Which category of kings are you most like?
The good kings, the inconsistent kings or the evil kings?
Now let’s look back for a moment at the beginning of the kings of Israel.
During the period of the Judges, the people of Israel begged God for a king so they could be like the other nations and so God gave them what they asked for >>> King Saul.
Saul was not good, so God gave them a new king – King David! David was the greatest king of Israel. Every king that did good in 2 Chronicles is said to have been like their father David.
And so 2 Chronicles began with the death of David and his son Solomon taking over the throne and rebuilding the temple. But after Solomon died the kingdom split and the mess began!
King after king after king did not follow God! And that led Israel and Judah into mess after mess after mess of their own making! It was so messy that in the end, the beautiful temple that Solomon had built for the Lord was burned to the ground and turned to rubble.
The message of 2 Chronicles was clear to Israel and should be clear to you and me as well.
This is how you get into messes.
When we don’t follow God – that’s a mess of our own making.
We cannot blame God when we abandon his ways to do things our own way or the worlds way — and then run into trouble. This is not God’s fault. This is ours.
And so that brings me full circle to Jesus.
King Jesus is like no other king in 2 Chronicles. He is greater than all of the kings including David!
When we repent of our sins and messes — Jesus forgives us.
Jesus died for our sins. God’s holy wrath towards sin was satisfied by his blood shed on the cross and we are forgiven by the blood of his sacrifice. We are not saved by our works or merit or by following all his laws.
Our great and mighty and holy God is in perfect communion with sinful man ALL because of the blood of Jesus!
Moses foreshadowed the coming of Jesus in Exodus 24. Please note the parallel between Exodus 24:8 and Matthew 26:28:
“Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you”
“this is MY blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Moses was pointing forward to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus. Jesus says – it’s MY blood that seals this covenant. It’s MY blood poured out for you.
If we don’t understand this, we don’t understand the Bible.
In 2 Chronicles 30, we saw King Hezekiah lead all of God’s people through the celebration of the passover.
And so like the Israelites on the night of the passover – we too – must place our faith in the blood of the unblemished lamb – Jesus Christ – so that eternal death will passover us.
We are not saved because we are good people but simply because we trust in the blood of the lamb – Jesus.
Have you trusted in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins? No matter how sinful your past and no matter how many commands you have broken, when you are under the blood of Jesus Christ – his wrath is satisfied and you have full access to God.
Hallelujah – praise His name!!!
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
May we learn from the history of Israel in the book of 2 Chronicles, to always follow God and his ways and to everyday…
Walk with the King of kings,
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Please pray for me…cheri g. I’m in such a mess