The books of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles are closely related and are often copies of each other. In our last chapter discussed, we took a look at a chapter in 2 Kings and learned that God is bringing peace, but allowed an evil king to rule for close to six decades! God is bringing peace? Sure. Let’s see what this chapter in 2 Chronicles has in store for us.
“After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah.” – 2 Chronicles 32:1
A sure sign that God loves you. LOL!
“‘With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.’ And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.” – 2 Chronicles 32:8
Will God step in and save the people of Hezekiah? We shall see. God has a spotty record of helping people.
“And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king.” – 2 Chronicles 32:21
This time God steps in and saves the day, but he only does so after Hezekiah and his people beg for God to help them. A loving individual doesn’t require others to beg to receive love.
“In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the Lord’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.” – 2 Chronicles 32:24-25
Hezekiah prays to God but because he doesn’t do it correctly, God will not save Hezekiah.
The chapter ends with the death of Hezekiah, a good king, but still one that God would not save because of God’s stupid, pathetic rules about how to pray and ask God for help. The biblical god is a petty god.
Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 33: Manasseh King of Judah