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~

He Believed in His God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Daniel 6:16:
Then the king {Darius} commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

The king did not want to have Daniel killed in the lions’ den; however, he was tricked into passing a law that would assure Daniel’s death and as saddened as Darius was he had to follow his own law. Even Darius believed that somehow God would deliver Daniel. Let us see how this (true) story develops.

Daniel 6:19-23:
-19: Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
-20: And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
-21: Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
-22: My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
-23: Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

As terrible as this was for Daniel to spend an entire night in a lions’ den, God could protect him because of one thing and one thing only, and that was because “he believed in his God.” One may think that maybe the lions were full and were not really that hungry; however, as the story continues we learn that the lions were not only hungry and vicious, but that they were man-eaters (Daniel 6:24).

Daniel 6:27:
He {God} delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

It was King Darius, who spoke these words above, and he was far from what we would call a believer; yet he was able to see the power of God work for his friend Daniel. Some people today think that miracles ceased with Jesus, but this is just not true, for God does signs, miracles, and wonders all around us (Mark 16:17-20). In the Book of Acts 27:25 Paul said “Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God . . .” and Paul was delivered from the storm on the sea along with every person on that ship. God’s blessings normally not only touch the hearts of those who have believed to receive, but the blessings will quite often spill over, bless, and inspire others who happen to be around the believer.

Today, there is no reason why you cannot expect miraculous things to happen in your life because you can believe the Word of God!