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By William Johnstone

This two-part statement argues that Chronicles, put because it is one of the 'historical books' within the conventional outdated testomony of the Christian church, is way misunderstood. Restored to its right place because the ultimate ebook within the canon as prepared within the order of the Hebrew Bible, it is vitally to be understood as a piece of theology basically directed in the direction of the long run. The Chronicler starts his paintings with the matter dealing with the full human race in Adam-the forfeiture of the best of excellent oneness with God's objective. He explores the opportunity of the recovery of that perfect via Israel's position on the centre of the realm of the countries. This portrayal reaches its climax in an idealized presentation of the reign of Solomon, within which the entire rulers of the earth, together with so much famously the Queen of Sheba, carry their tribute in acknowledgment of Israel's prestige (Volume 1). As next background in simple terms too essentially exhibits, notwithstanding, the Chronicler argues (Volume 2), that Israel itself, via unfaithfulness to Torah, has forfeited its correct to ownership of its land and is forged adrift between those similar countries of the area. however the Chronicler's message is one in all wish. by way of a thorough transformation of the chronology of Israel's previous into theological phrases, the iteration whom the Chronicler addresses turns into the 50th on account that Adam. it's the iteration to whom the jubilee of go back to the land via a superbly enabled obedience to Torah, and hence the recovery of the primal excellent of the human race, is announced.

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1. 2-4) The consequences of the denial of God of his rights do not take long to appear. It is in Rehoboam's fifth year that the blow falls. Judah is invaded by the Egyptian Pharaoh, Shishak. 1 The precise reason for his invasion of Palestine is a matter for conjecture: was Shoshenq coming to support Jeroboam, who had been a refugee from Solomon at his court, against Rehoboam? Or, since the list of Sheshonq's conquests in his triumphal inscription in the temple of Amun at Karnak includes the names of cities in Jeroboam's kingdom, had Jeroboam in some way provoked his former protector?

The section ends with an ironical contrast: whereas in 2 Chron. 1 Rehoboam 'came to Jerusalem' to consolidate his position, it is now Shishak who 'came to Jerusalem' to threaten the very existence of Rehoboam's rule. 2. 5-8) Shemaiah the prophet, who has already intervened to prevent Rehoboam from launching hostilities against the north (2 Chron. 24), again makes explicit the theological factor in events. In the midst of all this 'coming', he too 'comes' (v. 5), as the effective agent and 42 2 Chronicles 10-36 spokesman for God.

18). As the sequel is about to make clear, however, all these measures can avail nothing if there is theological corruption at the heart of the regime. 2. Religious measures follow (vv. 13-17). At first, it seems that Rehoboam is aware of the need to maintain the religious core of his rule: the priests, and the Levites from all over the country, present themselves to him in Jerusalem. The initiative, however, hardly comes from Rehoboam: the presence of the Levites is the inevitable consequence of the secession of the north; they come as the dispossessed.

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