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December 1-31, 2002 BIBLE STUDY
Vol:1 Issue:P1

BIBLE STUDY - SERIES -13
By Joseph Kappil - New York

THE BOOK OF SECOND CHRONICLES

The Second Book of Chronicles continues the story of 1 Chronicles.

Generally speaking, 2 Chronicles covers the same events of 1 Kings and 2 Kings, except that it omits the narratives concerns of the kings.

The former traces the same history from a prophetic point of view, while the latter stresses the viewpoint of the priests.

See below how this Book starts:

SOLOMON began his reign with a pious, public visit to God's altar.

Solomon's choice of wisdom, His strength and wealth. Chapter (1 1 17)

Solomon, and the chiefs of the congregation, go to Gideon, where was the tabernacle of the Lord, and the brazen altar; and there he offers a thousand sacrifices, vv. 1-6. The Lord appears to him in a dream, and gives him permission to ask any gift, v. 7. He asks wisdom, vv. 8-10, which is granted; and riches, wealth, and honor besides, vv. 11, 12. His kingdom is established, v. 13. His chariots, horsemen, and horses, v. 14. His abundant riches, v. 15. He brings horses, linen yarn, and chariots, at a fixed price, out of Egypt, vv. 16, 17.

The Book teaches, Those that pursue present things most eagerly, are likely to be disappointed; while those that refer themselves to the providence of God, have the most comfort.

Those that make this world their end, are disappointed in this also; but those that make the other world their end, shall not only obtain that, and full satisfaction in it, but shall have as much of this world as is good for them, in their way.

The path back to God begins with genuine repentance and a desire to restore God's original pattern.

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