Chronicles – Revealing Our Eternal Answer

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I and II Chronicles parallels Samuel and Kings with a few variations. Samuel and Kings alternate back and forth between the kingdom of Israel and the kingdom of Judah while Chronicles focuses almost entirely on the kingdom of Judah, for through Judah and King David, the Redeemer, Jesus Christ would come. Chronicles is written from a spiritual point of view, from God’s perspective, while Samuel and Kings are written from a human point of view.

For instance, in I Samuel 31:1-6 we learn about the death of Saul by falling on his sword, and this is how men perceive his death. However, in I Chronicles 10:13 we have the spiritual perspective of the actual death of Saul: “So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not.” Neither are incorrect, the former shows how, the latter shows why.

In Chronicles we have the dedication of the Temple and God’s blessing upon the people and the Temple. Chronicles reveals a master conspiracy to extinguish the promised seed from ever coming to fruition, inspired by none other than Satan and his legions, and we see how God’s people overcame and preserved the lineage of the house of David (See three different attempts in II Chronicles 21:4; 21:17; and 22:10).

In II Chronicles 22:10 it came down to one last child, “Joash” from the royal seed of David who was hidden in the Temple for an astonishing six years without being discovered. In Chronicles, Christ is revealed as “the King’s Son,” who was rescued from his impending death, who was hidden in the house of God, and revealed when the fullness of time came.

II Chronicles 23:3 – And all the congregation made a covenant with the king {Joash} in the house of God {the Temple}. And he {Jehoiada} said unto them, Behold, the king’s son shall reign, as the LORD hath said of {about} the sons of David.

Joash was in the direct line of David.  They inaugurated and dedicated Joash to be the King over all Israel and Judah.  In like manner, Jesus Christ, the King of Israel was taken when he was a “young child” and hidden in Egypt from Herod the king and the evil forces that conspired to kill him.

Jesus was also dedicated to God in the Temple at Jerusalem when he was eight days old, right under the noses of those who wanted to kill him (Luke 2:21ff). Cyrus the King of Persia in the last verse of II Chronicles 36:23 gives an astonishing revelation with first a question, and then a proclamation about the coming Savior: “Who is there among you of all his {God’s} people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.”

To the question “who is there?” we must go to the first question in the New Testament to find our answer: Matthew 2:2 “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” This is not only the first question in the New Testament but is the fulfillment of Cyrus’ question, who is there?  The answer, the King, Jesus Christ is he, in and with whom the Lord God would always be.

As we discover that Jesus Christ is the subject of all Scripture, we will see as the wise men did that Jesus Christ was the “one who is there” (who came to redeem), the one among all of God’s people who was prophesied to have God always be with him, and who would “go up” for us. His going up was his resurrection going all the way up to the right hand of God (John 20:17; Hebrews 10:10-12), giving us an eternal entrance to the loving arms of our heavenly Father and His Everlasting Kingdom.

The first question in the Bible was “where art thou? This was God calling to the first Adam, but Adam hid himself from the voice of God for he had sinned. Jesus Christ is called the second (or last) Adam in I Corinthians 15:45 who was the Savior from sin. The last Adam, Jesus Christ, with the grace of God (John 1:17) has saved us from sin and the nature of sin.

In Chronicles the believers were looking for the eternal answers that would come from knowing the king’s son. Today in grace we have received the fullness of Christ within, and have seen and understood what they could not (Matthew 13:17).

In Christ whom we know, in whom we believe, we have received our answer to the question of the ages “where is he?” because he lives in our hearts, and he reveals to us the spiritual realities of our receiving the blessed entrance into the eternal kingdom and home of God.

Ask and It Shall Be Given

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Matthew 7:7:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

This is a wonderful section of Scripture. Yet how often do we simply ask? In the Book of James 4:2 it says “. . . ye have not, because ye ask not.” Sometimes asking may be a difficult thing for us to do because we normally earn the things that we have, and for some unknown reason asking almost seems wrong. Yet, in Matthew, Jesus was teaching that it is perfectly all right to ask when we have a need in our lives.

James 1:5-6a:
-5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him {beg, cry, and whine: no, it does not say that, it says} ask of God, that {Who} giveth to all men liberally {in simplicity, with a readiness of heart}, and upbraideth not {without faultfinding}; and it shall be given him.
-6a: But let him ask in faith {believing faith}. . .

When we pray what do we do? We ask! But is an answer to prayer honesty that simple to receive from God? Yes, it most definitely is! God’s Word says repeatedly to ask, and when we do, “it shall be given.”

Matthew 7:8:
For every one {including you and me} that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Often receiving things that are greater than our means appears to be either too difficult or downright impossible to acquire (Matthew 19:26). Inadvertently people can project this same kind of difficulty into their believing when hoping or desiring to receive blessings from God, so when they do ask, they will ask in a cloud of doubt. Nevertheless, it is always God’s will and good pleasure to take care of us. God always wants us to be happy and to have what we need to live abundantly.

There are times that we may ask and not receive, and without understanding God’s Word, we can suspect that God really does not answer prayer. However, James 4:3 says “Ye ask, and receive not {and this is the reason they “receive not”}, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lust.” God not only supplies our needs when we ask, He usually goes beyond what we ask just to bless us; however, God will never supply greed (greed is something that men thirst after and acquire on their own), and in the Book of James it says this is asking “amiss.”

The Bible encourages the children of God to ask, seek, and knock, and to believe that He is not only willing, but He is also able to give (Romans 4:21). Then the Word of God says you will receive, find, and the door will be opened into the abundance that God truly awards to His children.

A Prayer

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ– I Corinthians 15:57. This wonderful verse of Scripture is an actual prayer, with a beginning in thankfulness, the middle with the acknowledgment of what God has given to us – the victory, and this victory is our eternal life. Then the prayer ends by thanking God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, just as Jesus instructed us to do in our personal prayer life (John 14:13-14).” ~LMJ~