2 Chronicles 1: A Different Perspective on the Beginning of Solomon’s Reign

(17 verses, 2:01 to read)
What I am about to READ
  • 1-2 Chronicles are one book and some believe were ordered to be the end of the Old Testament.  This reading thus is deeply connected with the end of 1 Chronicles and the death of David and the annointing of Solomon
  •  1-6: The Lord made Solomon exceedingly great.  Solomon acknowledges this in prayer and sacrificial thanksgivings
  • 7-13: Solomon asks for “wisdom and knowledge” to govern the Lord’s people.  The Lords grants his humble request and promises riches, etc.
  • 14-17: Solomon receives wealth from many nations
  • The author of Chronicles is a bit of a mystery.  Many assume the author is a Levite, perhaps Ezra, because many of the additions, in comparison to Kings and Samuel, come from times when the Levites would be present.
  • Some believe that Chronicles was ordered so as to be the final book of the Old Testament.  Some see the reference of Jesus, ” from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah” (Luke 11:51) to be an example of Jesus saying, “from beginning to end.”  Note the death of Zechariah is found near the end of 2 Chronicles in ch. 24.
  • Compare 1 Kings 2; 3:1-15 and 4:1 with todays reading if you feel so inclined.  Note what is similar and what is left out.
  • As we read through 1 Chronicles and as we will read through 2 Chronicles, many transgressions of David (1 Chronicles) and Solomon (2 Chronicles) were/will be left out.  The author assumes familiarity with the stories and is not trying to be deceptive.  Rather, the author, ultimately God, the Holy Spirit, is telling the stories from a different perspective and has a different purpose.  One purpose was to provide encouragement and comfort to an exiled and rather beat up Israel.  God is faithful to His promises.  He was faithful through and to David, through and to Solomon, and will continue to be to Israel and ultimately to His Church.  The beauty of God’s faithfulness is extolled and some of the seeming ugliness in how that ultimately looks is left out.  That’s an important truth to keep in mind as we walk in the beauty of God’s promises through the ugliness of death and the Christian life of repentance and faith.
  • One theme that is introduced today and will continue as long as Solomon is a main subject is that of the beauty of paradise, heaven, and the life everlasting. Saul, the rebellious king, brought chaos and schism.  David restored the kingdom.  Solomon’s rule is that of bounty, peace, and beauty.  In this sense, there a type of the First Adam and his rebellion (count yourself along with him!), the Second Adam, Jesus, and His restoration (count yourself included in the benefits of Christ’s cross and resurrection), and the promises of peace, complete beauty and unity in the resurrection.
 Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Post below, or join the conversation in our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailybiblemeditation/ or if reading on facebook, check out the blog: https://rightlydividedbible.wordpress.com/
Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC

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