Nov 15, 2011

History’s Judgment

When 2 Chronicles was composed in the 3rd century BCE its authors could easily judge the kings of the 7th century BCE. And that is exactly what is happening in today’s reading when it opens:
Verses 1-2 “Josiah was eight years old when he became king of Judah, and he ruled in Jerusalem for thirty-one years. He did what was pleasing to the LORD; he followed the example of his ancestor King David, strictly obeying all the laws of God.”

But then the following kings are no good:
Verse 28 “the punishment which I am going to bring on Jerusalem will not come until after your death.”
And, lo and behold, Josiah’s succession was a mess!

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