Search The Scriptures —Study 9 — 2 Chronicles 15 and 16

Study 9 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 15 and 16

       1-    Can you find in Azariah’s message (15:2-7) (a) a fundamental history, (c) an exhortation, and (d) a promise?

        2-    Chapter 15. How thoroughly and with what success were these lessons heeded by Asa (see especially verse 15)? Cf. Je. 29:13; Mt. 11:29.

         3-    In what ways did Asa backslide  in his later years, and what were the consequences?

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Search The Scriptures —Study 8 — 2 Chronicles 13 and 14

Study 8 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 13 and 14

         1-    Chapter 13. Jeroboam had the advantages of numbers (verse 3) and of military skill (verse 13), and he, too, had received promises from God (cf). I Ki. 11:29-39). What, then, gave Judah the victory? Cf. verse 18 with 1 Ki. 12:28-33.

         2-    Chapter 14. What did Asa do to mark him out as ‘Good and right’ in peace and war?

          3-    What is the connection between 14:2-4 and 14:1, 12?  Cf. 1 Jn. 3:21, 22; 5:3, 4. If Asa had not set God and His commandments in the forefront of his endeavours, could he have prayed with such confidence or won so great a victory?

Note.  13:5. ‘By a covenant of salt’: i.e., a binding covenant, not to be broken. Cf. Nu. 18:19.

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Search The Scriptures —Study 7 — 2 Chronicles 11 and 12

Study 7 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 11 and 12

   1-    Was Rehoboam good or evil? Was there a fundamental fault in his character? Cf. Jas. 1:8.

  2-    What did Shemaiah achieve on the two occasions when he intervened in national life, and how was he able to do this? Is there a parallel between his work and that of a Christian today?

3-    What lesson did God mean to teach through Shishak’s invasion?

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Search The Scriptures —Study 6 — 2 Chronicles 9 and 10

Study 6 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 9 and 10

           1-    What was the Queen of Sheba’s testimony concerning Solomon? Has something similar been your experience of Christ? Cf. Phil. 3:8.

          2-    What led Rehoboam to make such a disastrous mistake? What did he lack that Solomon possessed? Cf. 1 Ki. 3:28.

Notes

            1-    Chapter 9. Another side to the portrait of Solomon is found in 1 Ki. 11:1-13, and provides a background to the disruption. Note also 2 Ch.10:4.

             2-    From chapter 10 onwards students are advised to make a list of the kings of Judah as they work through the rest of the book, and to note the biblical assessment of each (e.g., good or evil), with a brief mention of his contribution to the nation’s religious life.

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Search The Scriptures —Study 5 — 2 Chronicles 7 and 8

Study 5 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 7 and 8

         1-    God’s immediate answer to Solomon’s prayer is given in 7:1-3. What effect had it upon the people? Cf. Lv. 9:24. How far should God’s mercies affect us?

          2-    God gave a further answer to Solomon privately in the form of a promise and a warning (7:12-22). What were the conditions upon which Solomon’s petitions were to be granted? Do I fear the fulfilment of God’s warnings as I desire the fulfilment of His promises?

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Search The Scriptures —Study 4 — 2 Chronicles 6:12-42

Study 4 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 6:12-42

                  1-    On what grounds does Solomon base his prayer? See verses 14, 15 and 42. What three main petitions does he present in verses 16-21, and into what seven specific requests does he expand the third of these?

                     2-    What conditions does Solomon’s prayer suggest as being essential to effective prayer?

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Search The Scriptures —Study 3 — 2 Chronicles 5:2 – 6:11

Study 3 From the Book of 2 Chronicles is: 2 Chronicles 5:2 – 6:11

        1-    This was one of the great days in Israel’s history. How does Solomon interpret its significance in 6:1-11?

        2-    We, who belong to the new covenant, are ourselves the temple of God (1 Cor. 3: 16; 6:19). Is there any parallel between the place given here to the ark and the place we should give to Christ in our hearts? What is the ground of Christian praise, and what corresponds, to the glory which ‘filled the house’?

Note. 5:5. See Note on 1:3

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