He Died With No One’s Regret


1 & 2 Chronicles

“He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years; and he departed with no one’s regret, and they buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings” (2 Chron 21.20). Imagine strolling through a common cemetery when an ancient tombstone catches your […]

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August 7, 2013

Survey of Old Testament Kings


1 & 2 Chronicles, 1 & 2 Kings, Biblical Meditations

For many of us reading through Kings-Chronicles is a slog.  The text volleys back and forth between Israel (Northern Kingdom or Samaria) and Judah (Southern Kingdom or Jerusalem).  What precipitated the soap opera that was old covenant Israel? King David’s murderous tryst with “the wife of Uriah the Hittite” had far-reaching consequences.  God took the […]

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July 14, 2013

Can You Handle Severe Disease?


1 & 2 Chronicles, Biblical Meditations

In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa became diseased in his feet.  His disease was severe, yet even in his disease he did not seek Yahweh, but the physicians (2 Chron 16.12). Despite King Asa’s successes (2 Chron 15) his eulogy could not be more sad: “His disease was severe, but he still did […]

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October 22, 2009