Four kings follow in quick succession. All four did evil in the eyes of the Lord. (See 2 Kings 23:32 for Jehoahaz.) The book ends with Cyrus’ proclamation regarding the building of the Temple in Jerusalem. The great aim of these two books is to encourage believers to build the Temple – for us it’s the Temple of His Spirit, the Church.
So here we are, at the end of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.
I reckon the intent of God in Chronicles is seen very clearly here. There is only a brief rendition of the last handful of kings, those that led Israel deeper and deeper into evil.
Because we remember that this book (1 & 2) is being written _to_ the exiles returning.
We’re about to start in on Ezra and then Nehemiah, which details the accounts of the return and the rebuilding.
But here we have a triumphant end to Chronicles, despite it speaking of the exile.
Because God is SOVEREIGN!
This truth is writ large here, it’s just wonderful to see.
In v22 we read, “… the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia,” – We see God at work in the world powers. He brought the Chaldean army against Israel (v17) and He caused Cyrus to issue a command and proclamation for the return.
How good is it for us that in Jesus God has proclaimed His love, His grace and mercy, to us! For us to return to Him, to be as we ought, His people, with Him as our God.