The Final Four

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2 Chronicles 33—36

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Goodness and evil oscillate, along with celebration and disaster, as the final four of the twenty kings of Judah are accounted. The reign of the worst of these, Manasseh, is described in a few horrific verses; yet even he repents and is restored.

The pendulum swings to Josiah, great king of reform for God’s people. Feel the joy in the restoration of the Temple, the discovery of God’s Word and the especially memorable celebration of the Passover. Then disaster takes place again in the fall of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Temple, and the captivity in Babylon. However, good will triumph. God uses Cyrus, the pagan King of Persia, to be the means of restoring God’s people to their homeland.

Do not fail to see the many meanings contained in the final verse of this book of the Bible, as another year of grace begins to draw to a close.

The Reading for Today
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I will serve the Lord my God. 33.16
Turning not to right or left. 34:2
Crushing all the false temples. 34:3
God’s Word at the heart of life. 34:21

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