Study Introduction

Solomon is given a pretty big charge by his father David. He clearly doesn\'t feel up to it. Another man comes from a disadvantaged background and is given a huge job. In both cases God took weakness and made it strength. He can do it for you too.

In the temple we have a wonderful picture of how Jesus Christ won our salvation, from being washed for service as a priest to coming back out from the Holy of Holies to bring about our renewed fellowship with God.

Solomon dedicates the temple, which turns into a celebration of God\'s love and the acknowledgment that it is through repentance, forgiveness, and restoration that we have a relationship with God.

Just as the Israelis were in the midst of a deep struggle to rebuild the temple at the writing of 2 Chronicles, so too we benefit from the promise of God\'s victory.

Rehoboam had plenty of opportunities to listen to godly counsel, listen to the word of God, and listen to God\'s discipline. When faced with a choice, who influences you?

Sometimes when we look around us all we see are our mistakes. But God encourages us to focus and rely on Him - then He wins victories for us!

Jehoshaphat was a good king who dedicated his heart to serve Yahweh. But a couple of major mistakes led to near disaster. Learn how God was faithful to help, but also to teach and discipline.

Jehoshaphat may have thought he was done with problems after God disciplined him. But God was about to bring the big battle to him so he and his nation would fall on their knees then raise their voices. It is an awesome lesson for us when trouble strikes.

The enemy will try relentlessly to introduce or maintain dysfunction in your life, just as he tried to wipe out the line of the Messiah using the dysfunctions of Jezebel and Athaliah. But you can have victory.

We\'re all followers, but how you follow is very important. Joash didn\'t follow Jehoiada in a way that made him a follower of Yahweh, instead of Jehoiada. It became crucial in his later life, and in ours.

What happens when we start out trusting God, but not with our whole heart? What happens when we begin to think that the marvelous help we get from God is coming from ourselves? And what happens when we push against the tide and set roots deep into the Lord to hold us steady?

We meet two kings of Judah. One, Ahaz, seems determined to get as far away from God as possible. God tries and tries to bring him back but he will not come. His son, Hezekiah, starts from day one to return he and his nation to the Lord. It is a great picture of how close God really is when we repent.

First Hezekiah restores Judah\'s relationship with God, now he sets about trying to restore Israel\'s relationship with God by inviting his brothers to the north to Passover. It\'s a great example and teaches us lessons about how to bridge the gap that exists between us.

It\'s a common mistake to think that when we get closer to God things will go easy for us. It\'s often the opposite. Hezekiah did a lot of good things, but God wanted more trust, and so he put him in a box. Learn about how that can lead us to more faith and more strength in the Lord.

In Manasseh, Amon, and Josiah we see represented the three ways humanity responds to the Word of God. Which group do you fall into. Also learn about perseverance for those who steadfastly refuse to repent.

Judah has finally come to its end. After a wonder sunset light of Josiah, the nation plunges into the darkness. But even though it seems all is lost, God brings the promise of the dawn of a new day, just as He does to us - so what is required for that new day to begin?