II Chronicles 10-12
“The story of Rehoboam (II Chronicles 10:1–11) illustrates for us Proverbs 16:31 and 30:13. The “”hoary head”” should have been listened to, and his generation had no justification for lifting their eyes that high yet.
Paul’s accusers used flattery and lies (Acts 24:2–7) like their master, the father of lies (John 8:44). Paul stuck to facts (verses 10–21). Even an ungodly judge responded correctly to this (verses 22–23). Truth works!
II Chronicles 13-15
“Asa knew God could help against an army twice the size of his (II Chron. 14:8–11). He learned that lesson from his father (13:3, 15, 18). Abijah wasn’t a great king but still taught his son the value of serving God.
What better heritage could we hope for than God’s testimonies (Psalm 119:111). The way we incline our heart will determine what we will do (verse 112; see Colossians 3:2).”
II Chronicles 16-17
“Israel hired Syria’s king, but Judah offered more money, so he switched sides (II Chron. 16:1–6). A “”hired”” friend is true only until a better offer.
Festus wanted to do the Jews a favor (Acts 25:9). But God used it to cause Paul to appeal to Rome where God wanted him (verses 11–12).
Following the Bible may not make us great or trouble free now (Psalm 119:141, 143), but it makes us righteous forever (verses 142, 144).”
II Chronicles 18-19
“Jehoshaphat’s disastrous alliance with Ahab came because he agreed to go with Ahab to war and then wanted to ask God if it was all right with Him (II Chronicles 18:3–4). Get the mind of the Lord and then decide.
Given freedom to speak in his defense (Acts 26:1), Paul took the opportunity to present his testimony. By the end it was Agrippa who was on trial instead of Paul. He was in much more danger.”
II Chronicles 20-22
” We often say that America needs to claim II Chronicles 7:14 for the healing of our land. That promise was claimed years ago by Jehoshaphat (II Chronicles 20:1–13). They had been merciful (verse 10), and now they were asking for a harvest from their sowing. America has also been a blessing to other lands and has grounds to ask God to reward their work. He answered then; why wouldn’t He now?
II Chronicles 23-24
“Separation of church and state means neither institution rules the other, not that they cannot benefit each other. It was good for Judah that the priest Jehoiada got involved in politics (II Chron. 23:1–11).
It was possible that Baal may have been asleep (I Kings 18:27), but the children of God need never fear that He is asleep when they need Him (Psalm 121:3–4).”
II Chronicles 25
“Amaziah didn’t want to lose money by sending away soldiers he had hired (II Chronicles 25:6–9). Disobeying God costs more than money.
God’s message was rejected because of expert advice, discomfort, and good circumstances (Acts 27:10–13). It resulted in disaster (verse 41).
It’s easy to see what would happen to us without the Lord (Psalm 124:3–5). But He’s on our side (verses 1–2), so we are fine (verses 7–8).”
II Chronicles 26-28
“Uzziah wasn’t the first man to become proud upon reaching success, only to stumble and fall (II Chronicles 26:16). Like Samson, he learned that your strength can become your weakness if you don’t credit God.
The Jews had heard slander against Christians (Acts 28:22), but Paul’s demeanor (verses 17–20) opened the door for him to witness. His results were like ours—some believe; some don’t (verse 24).”
II Chronicles 29
“Hezekiah wasted no time in repairing the damage done by his father (II Chronicles 29:3). There’s no better time than now to start serving God.
Nowhere do we see the righteousness of God better than in the Gospel (Romans 1:16–17). His intolerance of sin made Jesus’ death necessary.
Trusting God makes us like Jerusalem with mountains round about (Psalm 125:1–2). And Jerusalem will be there for eternity (Rev. 21).”
II Chronicles 30-31
“The Northern tribes had just gone into captivity, and Hezekiah invited the remnant to come back to God (II Chron. 30:1–6). They could still be saved, but they mocked (v. 9–10). It’s not too late, if America repents.
Much sowing seems to be fruitless in this day. Maybe it’s because the seeds are not watered with tears (Psalm 126:5–6). That is “”doubtless”” the case!”
II Chronicles 32
“Immediately after revival came battle (II Chron. 32:1). Assyria claimed to have a larger force, but Hezekiah was counting soldiers Assyria couldn’t see (v. 7). It took only one of them to defeat Assyria (v. 21).
It’s good to come to church to hear a sermon; just don’t forget to do what you heard after you leave (Romans 2:13). ”
II Chronicles 33-34
“Manasseh learned the hard way who God was (II Chronicles 33:11–13). He could have just listened to his father. His son learned from his early life (verse 22), while his grandson learned from his later life (34:2–3). There’s a price when fathers wait before getting right with God.
Children are God’s blessing to the family (Psalm 128:3–4). But many today say, “”Blessed are…the wombs that never bare”” (Luke 23:29).”
II Chronicles 35-36
“Josiah was strict in observing the Law (II Chronicles 35:1), but he neglected the lesson of Proverbs 26:17 (verses 20–27). Take heed to all the counsel of God, in your worship, but also in your daily walk.
Abraham was rich (Genesis 13) and brave (Genesis 14), but that is not what made him great. He was great because of his faith (Romans 4:20–21). Anyone can believe and be great in God’s eyes.”
“History exalts Nebuchadnezzar, but God shows He was behind it all. He gave the timing through Jeremiah (Ezra 1:1) and then restored Israel.
Sinners need a Savior, so He died; but believers need a Mediator, so He lives (Romans 5:10). As the chorus says, “”Christ is all I need.””
If God would “”mark”” iniquities, none would stand (Psalm 130:3). Be thankful that instead He will “”redeem”” from all iniquities (verse 8).
“We ought to serve God out of fear of the Lord, but fear of God’s enemies around us is also a good reason to keep ourselves right. God is our only sufficient Protector against the Devil and his forces (Ezra 3:3).
The Devil didn’t make you do anything! Sin has no dominion over us (Romans 6:14). If we sin, it’s because we let it reign in our body and yielded our members to unrighteousness (verses 12–13).”
“What is a “”ready”” scribe (Ezra 7:6)? One who studies God’s Word, does what he learns, and teaches others to do it (verse 10)—even if he has to travel for four months and four days to do it (verses 8–9).
When the Word of God condemns something we are doing, it is not God who is wrong (Romans 7:14). The Law is spiritual; we are the ones who are carnal.”
“Ezra was a great and honest man, but he had twelve men besides him be responsible for the large offering sent to the Temple (Ezra 8:24–30). Keeping oneself beyond possible accusation in God’s work is important.
We don’t understand all that happens. Some things are just better left to God, like children leave some matters to their parents (Ps. 131:1–2).”
“The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:8), but there is a proper time for tears as well (Ezra 10:1; Ecclesiastes 3:4).
The Law is righteous (Rom. 7:14), but it can’t make our flesh righteous. (8:3).We must walk in the Spirit for power to overcome sin (v. 4).
Learn the sweetness of unity with brethren now (Psalm 133:1). God has given all of us eternal life, so we’ll be together forever (verse 3).”
“Nehemiah reached a position of influence in captivity (Neh. 1:11) but wept upon hearing of Jerusalem’s reproach (vv. 2–4). It’s not about us.
Paul was willing to go to Hell if it would save the Jews (Rom. 9:3) It wouldn’t have; each must choose Christ himself, but what a burden!
God made man in His image (Gen. 1:27); man makes idols in his image (Ps. 135:15–18). Why worship them—or Hollywood’s idols?”
“God took note of each person involved in the work (Neh. 3)—but He also noticed those who thought themselves too good to work (v. 5).
Zealous religion will not make one righteous before God (Rom. 10:2–3). He accepts only His righteousness—His gift to faith (v. 10).
If you have ever been tempted to wonder whether or not God’s mercy endures forever, read Psalm 136!”
“Nehemiah demanded charitable dealings by others; he didn’t enrich himself from others when he could have (Neh. 5:10). Set an example.
God isn’t through with Israel (Romans 11:2), and their restoration will bring us even more blessings than we have now (verse 12).
Memories of past blessings haunt us when we reap the results of our sins (Ps. 137:1–6). But remember that Israel returned from captivity.”
“Nehemiah knew that the greatest qualification for doing an important job for God was faithfulness and fear of the Lord (Nehemiah 7:2).
The problem with being a living sacrifice is that it’s too easy to get off the altar when it gets hot (Romans 12:1). That’s not “”acceptable unto God.””
Go ahead and worship God in front of the world’s “”gods”” (Psalm 138:1). Who cares if they get jealous?”
“All who could understand the Word were to be there to hear it (Neh. 8:2–3). Weeping for disobedience (v. 9) is to turn to joy and celebration (v. 10). That gave them strength to obey (vv. 14–18).
If you are feeling afflicted or deprived, take heart. God is in your corner (Psalm 140:12), so be thankful—and on top of that, we will live with Him forever (verse 13)!”
“Even those who lived from the tithes of the people were to tithe on the tithes received (Neh. 10:38). None are exempted from obeying God.
God ordained civil authority (Romans 13:1). If policemen make you nervous, obey the law (verse 3).
The rituals of the Law were never what God really wanted. He just wants you to talk to Him and have fellowship (Psalm 141:2).”
“When Israel saw the prospects of restoration, they made a big deal out of thanksgiving (Neh. 12:27–43). God is pleased with sincere gratitude.
There’s no sense in judging or being upset about being judged. There’s only one judgment that counts (Romans 14:1012).
Don’t complain to others; tell God (Psalm 142:1–2). He already knows (verse 3), and they likely don’t care (verse 4). He wants to help (verse 5).”
“Separation wasn’t invented by independent Baptists (Neh. 13:3). Lack of it had a serious effect on their children (v. 23–24). Our children should know the language of the Bible better than the slang of the world.
Why should we do what pleases others rather than doing what pleases ourselves? Because it is Christlike (Romans 15:2–3). He is our example of how to be happy (Hebrews 1:9).”
“Occupied with her own celebration (Esther 1: 9), the queen would not be troubled to answer the king’s summons (v. 12). Thus she lost the place of honor (v. 19). We can lose God’s blessings the same way.
God is our Fortress and our Shield (Psalm 144:2), but He still teaches us how to fight (verse 1)! This is His method for subduing our enemies under us (verse 2).”
I Corinthians 1
“Jesus told us to do to another what we want done to ourselves—the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12). Haman had to do that (Esther 6:7–11), but there was no joy in it because he did it unwillingly.
The Corinthians were sanctified, therefore saints (I Corinthians 1:2). That doesn’t mean they were perfect (3:3)—and neither are saints today. But one day we will be (15:51)!”
I Corinthians 2
“Haman should have read his Bible more. Psalm 7:16 could have warned him about what could come fighting the Jews (Esther 7:10).
Paul went to Corinth from Athens (Acts 17–18). There tried philosophy there and failed. In Corinth he tried a better approach (I Cor. 2:2–4).
We must let the next generation know about the Lord (Psalm 145:4). We have a list of things we can tell them about Him (verses 8–9, 13–14, 18).”
I Corinthians 3-4
“When the Jews rested from their enemies, it was a day of joy (Esther 9:22). When Jesus comes to restore them, we will all rejoice.
Paul said, “”All things are yours”” (I Cor. 3:22). He then lists “”things present or things to come.”” The past is no longer yours. Let it go and serve God.
We can’t even count how many stars there are. God knows how many and calls each by name (Psalm 147:4). That is a great Lord (verse 5).”
“Being rich is no hindrance to serving God (Job 1:3–5). The problem is pride. If we recognize that it was God who provided what we have, abundance will only make us more grateful and thankful.
They all praise God in Heaven (Psalm 148:1–2). Nature praises Him, too, from the highest (vv. 3–4) to the lowest (v. 10). If man ever learns to praise Him (vv. 11–12), it will be complete.”
Notations and thoughts by Terry Frala