Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Chronicles Chapter 21

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Ezra
Date Penned: (430 BC)
Overview: A History of God's Chosen People (c 1-36)
Theme: The Kingdom of Judah (c 10-36)
Message: Jehoram Rules Judah (1-20)

2 Chronicles 21 Commentary 

(21:6) Judas Downfall - Jehoram, the new king of Judah, married Athaliah, one of the daughters of King Ahab of Israel. She became the mother of Judah's next king, Ahaziah (22:2). Athaliah's mother was Jezebel, the most wicked woman Israel had ever known and a dedicated idol worshiper. Jehoram's marriage to Athaliah contributed to Judah's downfall, for Athaliah brought her mother's wicked influence into Judah, encouraging the nation to forget God and turn to Baal worship (22:3).

(21:7) God Keeps His Word - God promised that a descendant of David would always sit on the throne (2 Samuel 7:8-16). What happened to this promise when the nation was destroyed and carried away? God's promise had two parts: (1) In the physical sense, as long as there was an actual throne in Judah, a descendant of David would sit upon it. But this part of the promise depended on the obedience of these kings. When they disobeyed, God was not bound to continue David's temporal line. (2) In the spiritual sense, this promise was completely fulfilled in the coming of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David, who would sit on the throne of David forever.

(21:8-11) The Consequences of Our Sin - Jehoram's reign was marked by sin and cruelty. He married a woman who worshiped idols; he killed his six brothers; he allowed and even promoted idol worship. Yet he was not killed in battle or by treachery--he died of a lingering and painful disease (21:18-19). Punishment for sin is not always immediate or dramatic. But if we ignore God's laws, we will eventually suffer the consequences of our sin.

(21:12) Elijah is Mentioned - Chronicles mentions Elijah only here. Much more about this great prophet can be found in 1 Kings 17:1-2 Kings 2:11. 

Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Payday Someday

 Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of 2 Chronicles with Chapter 21 and we see Jehoshaphat passing away and Jehoram ruling Judah. Now Jehoram rules Judah and allows sin to rule his life. As a result he died a slow and painful death. In making application we see the principle of our sin finding us out. There is pleasure in sin for a season but there will be a payday someday. This should motivate us to reach out to the lost with the Gospel while there is time to repent before it is eternally to late. Today it is not politically correct to speak out on public sinful issues but the Lord has instructed us to warn the lost. How about you? Does your knowledge of sinners spending eternity in Hell for eternity motivate you to speak out on public sin? Let us learn from out text today to let everyone know that when it comes to sin - there will be a payday someday.


2 Chronicles 21

2 Chronicles 21

 1Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.

 2And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.

 3And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.

 4Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.

 5Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

 6And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.

 7Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.

 8In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah, and made themselves a king.

 9Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots with him: and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots.

 10So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. The same time also did Libnah revolt from under his hand; because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.

 11Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.

 12And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,

 13But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father's house, which were better than thyself:

 14Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:

 15And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.

 16Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians:

 17And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king's house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.

 18And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease.

 19And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.

 20Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.