Today we complete the reading of second Chronicles. The final chapter describes the end of the kingdom established in God given glory during the reigns of David and Solomon. Now it has become a kingdom where “all the officers of the priests and the people were exceedingly unfaithful …” to God (2 Chronicles 36:14). Despite this, “The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people …” (verse 15).
There are parallels with this. After the Bible was first printed there was an awareness and awe of God. Initially many parts of the world became God fearing. This spirit has now about all disappeared, yet human beings still benefit from the compassion God shows. Let us ask ourselves, are we worthy of God’s calling? We recall Paul’s words, “… we always pray for you that our God may make you worthy of his calling …” (2 Thessalonians 1:11). Yet how can God make us worthy if we take little or no notice of his word?
We note the next verse in Chronicles for it is parallel with what will happen in our age, for the people then were “despising his words and scoffing … until the wrath of God rose … until there was no remedy” (verse 16). The only remedy was destruction of ungodliness!
There is a similar massage in Hosea. He prophesied in the final years of the northern kingdom saying “the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God …” (Hosea 4:1). What a contrast with the previous verse (3:5) with its remarkable vision of the future! This is as much a vision for us as for them! A time will come, says God, when “the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days”.
This will be fulfilled when the kingdom of God is established. Today Israel has returned to their land, but are yet to seek the LORD. We are in “the latter days” – but how we individually believe and behave will decide whether we experience “the goodness of the LORD” and rejoice in the wonders that are promised to God fearing men and women of all ages and all races.