0 From Jehoshaphat to Zedekiah (2 Chronicles 17-36)

Episode 158: From Jehoshaphat to Zedekiah

2 Chronicles 17-36

17 1-18 King Jehoshaphat of Judah (1 Kg 15:24, Ep.139)

18 1-17 Ahab and Jehoshaphat ask God if they should attack Syria (1 Kg 22:1-18, Ep.144)

Should you help the ungodly or love those who hate God?

19 1 When Jehoshaphat returned to Jerusalem, Jehu the seer went out to meet him, and said,

Should you help the ungodly and love those who hate God?

2 Because you have done so, the wrath of God is upon you.

3 Still, there are two good things about you: You've removed the groves and have prepared your heart to seek God.

God forces Judah's enemies to kill each other

20 1 Some messengers came to Jehoshaphat and said to him,

A large multitude is coming to attack Judah.

3 This frightened Jehoshaphat, so he proclaimed a fast throughout Judah.

4 He gathered everyone in Judah together. Then he said to God, 6-12 “Help!”

14 The spirit of God came upon Jahaziel (the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph) who said to everyone in Judah,

Don't be afraid of this great multitude. This isn't your fight. It's God's.

20-23 Early the next morning, God forced children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir to kill each other. 24 When the people of Judah went up in the watch tower, they saw nothing but dead bodies.

25Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah stripped riches and precious jewels from the bodies. It took three days to gather the spoil, and they still couldn't carry it all away.

31 Jehoshaphat was like his father Asa, who did right in God's sight. 33 But he didn't take away the high places. 35 And later he joined with Israel's wicked king Ahaziah.

God makes Jehoram's bowels fall out

21 1 Jehoshaphat died, and his oldest son, Jehoram, became king of Judah. 4 When Jehoram became king, he killed his brothers and some of Israel's princes. 6 He was wicked, like the kings of Israel. He even married one of Ahab's daughters. 11 He made high places in the mountains of Judah, and he caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication.

12 Elijah wrote to him, saying,

13-14 Because you're not like your father or grandfather, and you made Judah go a whoring, and you killed your brothers, a great plague will smite your people, children, wives, and everything you own. And you will have a great sickness of your bowels, until your bowels fall out.

16 God stirred up the Philistines and Arabians against Jehoram. And they came to Judah and carried away Jehoram's sons, wives, and his possessions. Only his youngest son, Jehoahaz, remained.

18 Then God smote Jehoram's bowels with an incurable disease.

19 Until, finally two years, his bowels fell out and he died.

22 1-9 Jehu kills Ahaziah and his relatives (2 Kg 8:25-29, 9:14-29, 10:12-14; Ep.151, 152)

23 1-21 Jehoiada kills Athaliah and the priest of Baal (2 Kg 11:4-21, Ep. 152)

24 1-16 Joash repairs God's house (2 Kg 12:1-12, Ep. 152)

The stoning of Zechariah

20 The Spirit of God came upon Zechariah (the son of Jehoiada) and he said,

This is what God says: "Because you have forsaken me, I have forsaken you."

21 So the people stoned him with stones, as they were commanded to do by King Joash.

22 As Zechariah died, he said, “May God punish you for this.”

God sends Syrians to punish Joash

23 Later that year, the Syrians came to Jerusalem and destroyed the princes of Judah, taking the spoil to Damascus. 24 The Syrian army was small, but God delivered Joash's large army into their hand. So God executed judgment against Joash.

25 1-28 Amaziah of Judah and Joash of Israel (2 Kg 14:1-20, Ep.153)

26 1-23 God strikes Uzziah with leprosy (2 Kg 15:1-7, Ep.153)

27 1-9 King Jotham of Judah (2 Kg 15:32-38, Ep.153)

28 1-27 King Ahaz of Judah (2 Kg 16:1-20, Ep.153)

29 1-20 Hezekiah cleans up God's house (2 Kg 18:1-12, Ep.154)

30 1-27 Hezekiah's Passover feast

31 1-21 The people give the priests money

32 1-19 The king of Assyria invades Judah and insults its god (2 Kg 18:13-37, Ep.154)

20-23 God kills King Sennacherib and the Assyrian army (2 Kg 19:35-37, Ep.154)

24-33 Hezekiah's illness and death (2 Kg 20:20-21, Ep.154)

33 1-25 King Manasseh and Amon (2 Kg 21:1-26, Ep.155)

34 1-33 King Josiah and the book of the law (2 Kg 22:1-20, Ep.155)

35 1-19 King Josiah keeps the Passover (2 Kg 22:21-23, Ep.155)

20-27 Josiah dies (2 Kg 22:28-30, Ep.155)

36 1-16 Kings Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, King Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah (2 Kg 22:31-37, 24:17-20; Ep.155)

17- The Fall of Jerusalem (2 Kg 25:1-26, Ep.155)

22-23 King Cyrus of Persia

A few more words about this episode

First and Second Chronicles were written after the books of Samuel and Kings, and tell many of the same stories. So unless something new or interesting is included in these books, I won't repeat them here. I have, however, provided links to the stories in the books of Samuel and Kings, as well as the corresponding podcast episodes.

There are also many passages that are too boring or uninteresting to include in the podcast. These are mentioned in the podcast text, with links to the passages in the SAB.

But what is most noticeable in the two Chronicles books is not what is in them. It's what is left out. Here is a list of things that are included in the books of Samuel and Kings that are not mentioned in Second Chronicles:

  1. God tells Jehu that he will kill Baasha's family (1 Kg 16:1-7, Ep.139)
  2. Baasha's son Elah becomes king, and is killed by Zimri (1 Kg 16:8-10, Ep.139)
  3. Zimri kills Baasha's family and friends (1 Kg 16:11-14, Ep.139)
  4. Zimri is king for a week. Then he burns to death. (1 Kg 16:15-20, Ep.139)
  5. Elijah and the widow's son (1 Kg 17:17-24, Ep.140)
  6. The light-my-fire contest (to determine whose god is God) (1 Kg 18:16-39, Ep.141)
  7. After winning the contest, Elijah kills the 450 losers (1 Kg 18:40, Ep.141)
  8. An angel visits Elijah (and feeds him angel food cake) (1 Kg 19:5-8, Ep.142)
  9. God delivers Benhadad into Ahab's hand (1 Kg 20:12-21, Ep.143)
  10. 100,000 Syrians are killed (for calling God a god of the hills) (1 Kg 20:22-29, Ep.143)
  11. 27,000 Syrians are killed by a falling wall (1 Kg 20:30, Ep.143)
  12. A lion kills a man for refusing to smite a prophet (1 Kg 20:35-42, Ep.143)
  13. A lion kills a man for refusing to smite a prophet (1 Kg 20:35-42, Ep.143)
  14. Elijah tells Ahab what God says (That he'll kill him and his whole wall-pissing family) (1 Kg 21:17-29, Ep.144)
  15. God burns 102 men to death (for asking Elijah to come down from a hill) (2 Kg 1:9-15, Ep.145)
  16. God kills Ahaziah (for asking the wrong god) (2 Kg 1:16-19, Ep.145)
  17. Elijah goes to heaven in a chariot of fire (2 Kg 2:1-18, Ep.146)
  18. God sends two bears to rip apart 42 little children for making fun of Elisha's bald head (2 Kg 2:23-25, Ep.146)
  19. A miraculous pot of oil (2 Kg 4:1-7, Ep.147)
  20. Elisha makes a woman pregnant (2 Kg 4:8-17, Ep.147)
  21. Elisha brings a dead boy back to life (2 Kg 4:18-37, Ep.147)
  22. There was nothing wrong with the stew (2 Kg 4:38-41, Ep.147)
  23. Elisha feeds the one hundred (2 Kg 4:42-43, Ep.147)
  24. Elisha cures Naaman's leprosy (2 Kg 5:1-19, Ep.148)
  25. Elisha gives Gehazi and his descendants leprosy (2 Kg 5:20-27, Ep.148)
  26. Elisha makes an iron axe head swim (2 Kg 6:1-7, Ep.148)
  27. Elisha has ESP (2 Kg 6:8-12, Ep.148)
  28. God blinds the Syrian army (2 Kg 6:13-23, Ep.148)
  29. God sends a famine on Samaria (2 Kg 6:24-33, Ep.148)
  30. A skeptic is trampled to death (2 Kg 7:1-20, Ep.149)
  31. God's seven-year famine (2 Kg 8:1-6, Ep.149)
  32. Elisha's lie (2 Kg 8:7-13, Ep.149)
  33. Hazael smothers King Benhadad (2 Kg 8:14-15, Ep.149)
  34. God tells Jehu to kill Ahab's descendants (2 Kg 9:1-13, Ep.150)
  35. Jehu kills Jezebel (2 Kg 9:30-37, Ep.150)
  36. Jehu kills Ahab's sons: 70 heads in two heaps (2 Kg 10:1-8, Ep.151)
  37. Jehu kills Ahab's relatives in Jezreel (2 Kg 10:9-11, Ep.151)
  38. Jehu and Jehonadab kill Ahab's Samaritan relatives (2 Kg 10:15-17, Ep.151)
  39. Jehu kills the followers of Baal (2 Kg 10:18-29, Ep.151)
  40. Hezekiah is cured with a lump of figs (2 Kg 20:1-7, Ep.154)
  41. God makes a shadow go backwards (2 Kg 20:8-11, Ep.154)
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