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.
“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, …”
Here we are at the end of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel/Judah.
One intent of Chronicles is seen very clearly here – In the brief rendition of the last handful of kings.
We are to remember that this book was written to the exiles returning.
Shortly we will begin reading through Ezra and Nehemiah, the details and accounts of the return of God’s people and the rebuilding of the temple.
But here we have a triumphant end to Chronicles – Because God is SOVEREIGN!
“… 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 and He caused Cyrus to issue a command and proclamation for the return.
How good it is for us that in the person of God the Son, Jesus, God has proclaimed His love and grace and mercy to us!
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Father God,
Please help us see today what You want for us, what You wanted for the exiles returning.
Please fix within us a steady and sure hope in Your steadfast love and faithfulness – That You are Sovereign.