II Kings 9-10
“Jehu had a “zeal for the LORD [Jehovah]” (II Kings 10:16). But his zeal extended only far enough to tear down that which was wrong. Instead of establishing what was right, he just replaced one evil with another (verses 29, 31). Jesus didn’t come just to free us from Satan, but also to bind us to Himself. Otherwise, we will just go from serving Satan to serving self—replacing one evil with another.
II Kings 11-13
“When priest, prince, and people covenant with the LORD, there is revival (II Kings 11:17). God established family, government, and church to work together.
Our Constitution is right that state is not to establish religion, but it should cooperate in making a friendly environment for it (II Kings 12:4–5).”
II Kings 14
“One victory doesn’t guarantee the next one (II Kings 14:7–12). When your haughty spirit tells you that you are standing, you could bed about to fall (Proverbs 16:18; I Corinthians 10:12).
Peter didn’t back down; he lifted the name of Jesus. He used Scripture (Acts 4:11—see Psalm 118:22) and personal testimony (verse 10). When we have the works to back up the Word, it’s an effective witness.”
II Kings 15-16
“The pattern for God’s altar was in Heaven (Exodus 25:40). Wicked King Ahaz replaced that with an altar like one on earth (II Kings 16:10–11). So the apostate church replaces the Heaven’s Book with man’s agenda, Heaven’s hymns with the world’s music, etc. It led to captivity.
When fools are afflicted because of their transgressions and iniquities, the source of healing is His Word (Psalm 107:17–20)”
II Kings 17
Acts 5 “God had delivered Israel from Egypt’s king (II Kings 17:7), but when in danger, they sought help from Egypt’s king (verse 4). The world from which God delivered us is not going to be the source of our help.
Ananias and Sapphira didn’t die for withholding part of the money. It was theirs to do with as their heart desired (Acts 5:4). They died for withholding part of their heart—the part that tells the truth.”
II Kings 18-19
“Hezekiah thought the way to have peace was to placate the heathen Sennacherib (II Kings 18:14). He even sacrificed that which was dedicated to God (verses 15–16). The result was that Assyria’s army came to demand more (verse 17). It was when he turned to God in prayer (19:14–19) that God sent deliverance (verse 35). We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), but it doesn’t come by compromise.
II Kings 20
“Hezekiah showed the Babylonians all but his greatest treasure (II Kings 20:15).That’s what they needed to see—his Lord.
The servants were to be honest and Spirit filled (Acts 6:3). One with a testimony approved by God and man can be used by God.
It’s good to awake early to praise God (Psalm 108:1–2), but He is also to be praised among the people, and even the nations (verse 3).”
II Kings 21
“Hezekiah got fifteen more years in answer to prayer (II Kings 20:6). Manasseh, born three years later (21:1), was more wicked than the ones the land had spewed out (verse 11). The time God gives us would be well spent in preparing the next generation.
Stephen didn’t bother defending himself against trumped up charges (Acts 7:1). He preached the Gospel they needed to hear (verses 2–53).”
II Kings 22-23
“Upkeep and repair of the meeting place is a worthy use of the funds given to support God’s work (II Kings 22:3-6); His testimony is at stake.
Josiah brought the sacrifice God desires (verse 19; Psalm 51:17), and God heard his prayer.
After 350 years, God fulfilled the prophecy of I Kings 13:2 (II Kings 23:15–18). He is not slack concerning His promise (II Peter 3:9)”
II Kings 24-25
“God’s curse is on the shedding of innocent blood (II Kings 24:3-4). Who could be more innocent than a baby yet unborn and without opportunity to sin? If God sent His chosen people into captivity for shedding innocent blood, what fate awaits a nation that promotes ending unborn lives by the millions? God is pro-life; if He wasn’t, we wouldn’t be here.
I Chronicles 1
“Perhaps Hadad was a great Edomite king (I Chron. 1:46). He defeated Midianites, but he couldn’t defeat death (verse 51). See Hebrews 9:27.
When preaching Jesus, the Scriptures are the best place to begin; when preaching the Scriptures, Jesus is the best theme (Acts 8:35).
David’s response to mistreatment was correct (Psalm 109:4), his motive right—God’s glory (verses 26–27), and his faith strong (verses 30–31).”
I Chronicles 2
“God says simply that Er was evil and was slain (I Chron. 2:3). The rest of the story (Gen. 38:7–10) is left out. This occurs often in Chronicles, written years later. God does not remember confessed sins (Heb. 8:12).
The church had trouble from Saul (Acts 9:1–2), then trouble because of Saul (verses 29–31). One filled with the Comforter (verse 17) can make enemies of the Lord uncomfortable.”
I Chronicles 3
“David’s second son was Daniel (I Chronicles 3:1). In II Samuel 3:3 he is called Chileab. Contradiction? How many people have you known who are called by different names by different people? No contradiction.
One can be very religious and moral and still be lost (Acts 10:2). We receive remission of sin only through Jesus’ name (verse 43).
Prejudice is wrong (verse 28) because God is not prejudiced (verse 34).”
I Chronicles 4
“”Potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges”” are named; they worked for the king (I Chron. 4:23). Our King sees all work for Him.
God removes chains from those who trust Him enough to sleep soundly in the middle of danger (Acts 12:7), both from hands and hearts.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion (Psalm 111:4); so are the upright (Psalm 112:4). Disciples should be like the Master (Luke 6:40).”
I Chronicles 5
“Our station at birth does not determine our future (I Chronicles 5:1–2). We can fall through sin (verse 1) or rise through virtue (verse 2).
In the list of leaders (Acts 13:1), Barnabas is first and Saul is last. Those are the two God called (verse 2). He has work for the first and the last.
Lucifer said he would “”be like the most High”” (Isaiah 14:14). He should have read Psalm 113:5. No one is like Him!”
I Chronicles 6
“Levites received cities from all tribes (I Chronicles 6:54–81)—burden borne by all; benefit shared by all. Thus we support God’s work.
Favored by Jupiter’s priest (Acts 14:13), Paul spoke against “”these vanities”” (verse 15) and was stoned. Some court the world’s favor, but they can no longer expose sin without dire consequences.
Nature trembles before God (Psalm 114:7). Shouldn’t sinful man?”
I Chronicles 7-8
“God gave Israel many victories over the Philistines, but stealing is wrong, no matter who is stealing from whom (I Chronicles 7:21). God’s people have no license to break His law, even against the unsaved.
False doctrine arose early in the history of the church (Acts 15:1). When it does, it’s unpleasant, but it must be withstood (verse 2). Unity is desirable, but if not based on true doctrine, it’s not genuine unity.”
I Chronicles 9
“All details of service in God’s house were assigned (I Chron. 9:26–34). He does not author confusion (I Cor. 14:33) and provides for every job.
The question is unambiguous (Acts 16:30), and the answer is just as plain. Confusion about the way of salvation is all man-made.
When we get the glory, people will wonder where God is (Psalm 115:1–2). Be sure to praise Him (verse 18).”
I Chronicles 10-11
“Beniah defeated a lion, two lionlike men, and an Egyptian (I Chronicles 11:22–23). Satan is a lion, the flesh is Satanlike, and Egypt pictures the world. God’s people should defeat the world, the flesh and the Devil.
Why did the Bereans believe? “”Therefore”” (Acts 17:12). It was because they had searched the Scriptures with a ready mind (verse 11). An honest examination of the Bible produces faith (Romans 10:17).”
I Chronicles 12-14
“God leads into battle in different ways at different times (I Chronicles 14:10–16). The way we’ve always done something is not always the way God wants it done this time. Autopilot doesn’t work in serving God. Stay in touch with Him to know what He wants for a particular task.
Apollos needed more teaching (Acts 18:26), but that didn’t keep him from preaching (verse 25). One need not know it all before testifying.”
I Chronicles 15-16
“Surely it was easier to put the Ark on a cart with wheels and let oxen carry it (I Chronicles 13:7–10), but that failed. When the Levites carried it, all went well (15:2–26). It’s amazing how much better God’s work goes when we do it His way!
Call on the Lord; He is listening (Psalm 116:1–2). Then your soul can rest (verse 7).”
I Chronicles 17-20
“David and Nathan had good intentions in wanting to buile a Temple (I Chronicles 17:1–2), but God’s Word gave no such instruction (verse 6). Obedience outweighs the best of intentions (I Samuel 15:22).
David had won his first great victory over Goliath (I Samuel 17), but when Goliath’s sons were grown, they sought revenge (I Chronicles 20:4–8). Victories are more reason to stay on guard.”
I Chronicles 21-23
“David confessed that he had sinned with Bathsheba, but when he counted the people, he said, “I have sinned greatly” (I Chronicles 21:8). Why was this worse? For one thing, he was caught before in a moment of weakness and fell. This time, Joab warned him beforehand (verse 3), and he stubbornly went ahead anyway. The degree of light against which we sin has a bearing on the greatness of the transgression.
I Chronicles 24-25
“God’s work must be organized (I Chronicles 24). Also, leaders were chosen by capability, not by equal division per family (vs. 4).
Paul faced what we face: error in doctrine (Acts 19:1–7), opposition of religion (vv. 8–9), enmity of society (vv. 23–41). He won; so can we.
The day the Lord made in which we rejoice (Ps. 118:24) was the day the rejected stone became the chief cornerstone (v. 22)—resurrection day!”
I Chronicles 26
“The work of a great king is done by a lot of unrecognized people. But God recognized their work in great detail (I Chronicles 26)
God’s message of salvation is the same to all men (Acts 20:21). It has to be, because we are all being saved from the same thing (Romans 3:23).
God’s Word: those who take heed (Psalm 119:9), memorize (verse 11), and meditate (verse 15) will delight in it and remember it (verse 16).”
I Chronicles 27-28
“Our obedience or disobedience will affect more than just our time on earth. It will also affect the lot of our children (I Chronicles 28:8).
One unable to behold wondrous things in the Bible must truly have his eyes closed (Psalm 119:18).
The way of truth is a choice (verse 30), and a way in which we can walk in freedom (verse 45).”
I Chronicles 29
“If you’re blessed with a leadership position, set an example; if you’re blessed with a godly leader, follow his example (I Chronicles 29:3–8).
God sent the great apostle word through the common disciples (Acts 21:4). When one refuses such, our duty is to pray for them (verse 14).
The derision of man is no reason to decline from God’s Word (Psalm 119:51). In the right company, we won’t have to face it anyway (v. 63).”
II Chronicles 1-4
“When God is pleased with what you request in prayer, He can give that along with much more (II Chronilces 1:11–12). Or as the New Testament puts it, “”exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think”” (Ephesians 3:20).
Our view of God will determine the quality of what we prepare for His service (II Chronicles 2:5). “”What think ye of Christ?”” (Matthew 22:42).”
II Chronicles 5-6
“It has happened often that when the servants of the Lord are one in heart to praise, thank, and worship the Lord that His glory has visited them to the point that His house is filled (II Chronicles 5:13).
When life goes too smoothly, we tend to wander (Psalm 119:67). Let the difficulties of life be the occasion of learning God’s Word (verse 71).”
II Chronicles 7
“When God’s fire comes down from Heaven, His glory fills the house (II Chronicles 7:1), but the sacrifices can be consumed. Be a living sacrifice.
It’s not unspiritual to claim God-given rights as a citizen (Acts 22:25). In fact, failure to do so is to discount the value of one of God’s gifts.
Understanding exceeding that of our enemies, our teachers, and the ancient ones (Psalm 119:98–100) comes to us through His Word (v. 104).”
II Chronicles 8-9
“Some people have a difficult time believing the testimony of God’s people concerning His greatness, as Sheba’s queen did concerning Solomon (II Chronicles 9:6). But those who come to see for themselves find much more than they had heard.
See the foolish vow (Acts 23:12). They broke it or starved. God was on Paul’s side and ultimately determined whether he would live or die.”
Notations and thoughts by Terry Frala