II Chronicles 33-36: The decline of Judah.

December 1, 2015. Daily Reading: II Chronicles 33-36. Background: II Chronicles 29-32. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 33 Manasseh and Amon: The beginning and ending of this chapter is very similar to II Kings 21:1-9 and II Kings 21:19-24, respectively. The difference we find in Chronicles about Manasseh’s reign is a record of his prayer and…

I Chronicles 5-9: Genealogies of the sons of Jacob.

September 8, 2015. Daily Reading: I Chronicles 5-9. Background: I Chronicles 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 Descendants of Ruben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh: Chapter five begins the series of lineages of each of the patriarchs of Israel, the sons of Jacob, starting with Ruben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh. These genealogies…

II Kings 21-25: Evil, reform and ruin.

August 25, 2015. Daily Reading: II Kings 21-25. Background: II Kings 16-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 1. Manasseh: After King Hezekiah died, his son Manasseh reigned in his place, beginning at age 12 and reigning for 55 years, which would be the longest reign in the history of the kingdom of Judah. For all…

Genesis 48-50: Blessings.

March 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 48-50. Background: Genesis 44-47. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 48 The blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh:¬†As Jacob nears the end of his life and becomes ill, Joseph takes his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, to his father so that he can bless his grandsons. Typically, the greater blessing would be…

A lesson from the past, part 2.

January 14, 2014. Yesterday we examined a lesson from history as we saw great kings of Judah rise and fall, beginning their reign with a good relationship with the Almighty, yet ending it by forsaking the Lord. Today we will look at one story in II Chronicles that does the exact opposite in effort to…