2 Chronicles 33 & 34: Humble Thyself Before God
Verse of the Day: (34:27) Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.
1. Hearken (33:1-25)
And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. (33:10)
Manasseh, who succeeded his father, King Hezekiah of Judah, did evil before God unlike his godly father. He led Judah in worshipping idols, and practiced witchcraft and child sacrifice that provoked God. God then sent the Assyrians to defeat them, and Manasseh was captured as a prisoner to Babylon. In prison, Manasseh humbled himself, and pleaded with God, and God answered his prayers. He was released from prison and returned to Jerusalem. He then led Judah to destroy all the idols, and commanded them to worship the true God of Israel. Manasseh ruled Judah for 55 years, the longest reign of all the kings of Judah and Israel. After his death, Amon, his son, succeeded him. Amon did evil before God, but unlike Manasseh, he did not humble himself before God. However, both Manasseh and Amon were evil as they did not truly hearken to God. (Proverbs 8:32)
2. Humble (34:1-28)
And they have gathered together the money that was found in the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen. (34:17)
Josiah, succeeded his father, King Amon, when he was only 8 years old after Amon was assassinated by his own servants. Josiah did what was right before God as he led Judah into repairing God’s house. While repairing it, they discovered a book of God’s law from Moses, which prophesied God’s wrath upon Israel. Josiah tore his clothes when he heard of God’s judgment. He asked Hilkiah, the high priest and his servants to enquire from Huldah, the prophetess, about the prophecy. Huldah confirmed that God would judge them, but He shall spare Josiah and all who humbled themselves before Him. (James 4:10)
3. Heart (34:29-33)
And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book. (34:31)
Josiah gathered all his people, and covenanted with God that they would love Him, and keep and obey His commandments with all their hearts and soul. (Matthew 22:36-40)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to humble myself before You, and trust and obey You.