Restoration: Lessons from Judah's kings on how to make radical change in our lives

The book of Chronicles was written after the exile, probably by the same author of Ezra/Nehemiah. It was a history of the kings of Judah written to help the returning exiles understand from both the good and bad kings what it means to make a full and complete restoration. The lessons from these kings are timeless.

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Sunday a.m. David - Priorities
King David is held up as the standard by which all other kings were judged. The first thing we witness David doing in 1 Chronicles 13 is he moves the ark back to where it belongs. True spiritual restoration begins when we put God in the center of our lives.


Sunday p.m. Jehoshophat - Associations
Jehosphophat made a foolish decision to bind himself to Israel by arranging the marriage of his son to the daughter of the wicked king in Israel at the time, Ahab. This covenant caused Jehoshophat, who was a good king, to make an unwise decision to go to war with Ahab. Worse still, it changed forever the direction of the nation of Judah as successive generations of kings "walked in the ways of the kings of Israel." We make the same mistake when we foolishly make associations with wicked people.


Monday p.m. Athalia - Ambition
If I were to ask who the most wicked woman of the Bible was, who would you say? Most would say Jezebel. But you might change your mind after you meet her daughter, Athalia. Athalia in so many ways represents the worldly woman of the 21st century. She lusted after power, success, and prominence in society. And this desire for significance destroyed her. There are several lessons we can draw out of her negative example, but we're going to apply this lesson to the subject of modesty. We'll have a very frank discussion of dress, not just of what constitutes modest dress, but what our attitude in dress ought to be.


Tuesday p.m. Uzziah - Pride
Uzziah was one of the most successful kings of Judah, at least early on. When he feared Jehovah early in his reign God richly blessed him with victory over his enemies and prosperity. However, this success made him think too highly of himself. In his pride he presumptuously offered incense in the Temple (something only priests were allowed to do). We learn from Uzziah that perhaps the greatest threat to our personal spiritual growth is not poverty but prosperity; not defeat but success.


Wednesday p.m. Hezekiah - Devotion
Hezekiah is a model for true restoration. He completely rejected the idolatrous ways of his father Ahaz and blazed a trail of faithfulness to Jehovah. We learn from good king Hezekiah the urgency of restoration, that restoration cannot be halfway, and that restoration is a matter of the heart.


Thursday p.m. Manasseh - Grace
Manasseh is the worst of all the kings of Judah, taking the nation farther into idolatry and wickedness than any before him. Yet, we see God's grace manifested in his life by restoring him to the throne after he repents. This may have been one of the most important lessons for the exiles who had returned to the land (just like Manasseh returned to the land by God's grace), and it might be the most important lesson for us as well.


Friday p.m. Josiah - Word
When Josiah found the book of the law, he tore his clothes and humbled himself before God, sparking the most dramatic examples of spiritual revival in Israel's history. What Josiah does to lead the nation in restoration is a vital example for us to follow in our personal lives. For us to make genuine change in our life, it must begin by us rediscovering the book of the law.


Morning Series "Simply Church"

Mon - Descriptions of the Church

Tue - New Testament Assemblies


Wed - Leadership in New Testament Churches


Thur - The Role of Women


Fri - Mission of the Church