Text: 2 Chronicles 21-22 | Series: 1 & 2 Chronicles
Today’s two chapters highlight God’s covenant and a surprising glimpse of hope — a burning ember ready to be rekindled.
God’s Covenant, An Eternal Lamp
God made a covenant that continues to light our paths to this day like an eternal lamp. His covenant light is never removed from His people even when they walk in darkness and sin.
Light in the Darkness
The line of David was virtually exterminated by the horrific actions of (1) Jehoram, Jehoshaphat’s son, who “killed all his brothers with the sword”, and also of (2) queen Athaliah, mother of Ahaziah, who “destroyed all the royal family of the house of Judah” upon Ahaziah’s death.
But God had made a covenant to David that his throne will be established forever (1 Chronicles 17:12-14). God led Ahaziah’s sister Jehoshabeath to steal Joash the son of Ahaziah away and hide him from Athaliah, thus saving him (2 Chronicles 22:10-12).
God’s covenant with David is eternal. Through the lineage of David, Jesus Christ was born to save the world. This was God’s glorious plan from the beginning. God’s purpose is to redeem the world from sin through Jesus Christ.
Jesus, the Inextinguishable Light of the Covenant
Jesus shed His own blood and conquered sin on our behalf to set us free from the bondage of sin. He is the fulfillment of God’s covenant with David.
God’s light through Christ cannot be extinguished by man’s darkness. Those who humbly submit to Jesus Christ will walk in His light. If we turn away from our sin and rebellion, and instead turn to Jesus, we will have assurance of our salvation.
If God saved Joash because of His covenant made to David, how much more will God save those who trust and follow Jesus through His covenant made through Jesus Christ!
Our Sin brings Judgement
Human heart is capable of great evil. Sin has consequences, a fact highlighted throughout the Old Testament. Today’s passages give warning that for those who reject God’s goodness, love and favor, God’s judgement is real, and hell is eternal.
Would you heed this warning today? Would you turn away from your sin to Christ, the Savior and Lord?