2 Chronicles 2 Outline
– Solomon conscripted carriers, stone workers and foremen for building the temple and palace (2 Chronicles 2:1-2)
– Solomon asked King Hiram of Tyre for logs and a skilled craftsman (2 Chronicles 2:3-7)
– Solomon offered food supplies in exchange for the logs from King Hiram of Tyre (2 Chronicles 2:8-10)
– King Hiram of Tyre sent Huram to King Solomon (2 Chronicles 2:11-16)
– Solomon took census of the foreigners in Israel (2 Chronicles 2:17-18)
2 Chronicles 2 Summary
Solomon ordered his men to build the temple and a palace for himself. He sent messengers to King Hiram of Tyre and requested him to send cedar, juniper and algum logs from Lebanon. He also requested King Hiram of Tyre to send a craftsman that is skilled in gold, silver, bronze, iron, purple, crimson, blue yearn and engraving. Solomon’s servants will work with the servant of King Hiram of Tyre. In return, Solomon will give King Hiram of Tyre 20,000 cors of ground wheat, 20,000 cors of barley, 20,000 baths of wine, 20,000 baths of olive oil.
King Hiram sent back a reply saying he agreed to the deal Solomon offered and he will float the logs as rafts by sea from Lebanon to Joppa. From there, Solomon’s men will take them up to Jerusalem. King Hiram of Tyre will sent Huram, whose father is a native of Tyre and mother was from Dan. Huram was skilled in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, wood, purple, blue, crimson yarn, fine linen and engraving.
Solomon had a census taken for the foreigners in Israel and there were 153,600. He assigned 70,000 as carriers, 80,000 as stonecutters and 3,600 as supervisors.
2 Chronicles 2 Bible Study
1. Obey God
Solomon disobeyed God by conscripting the foreigners into slaves to build the temple and palace. In Deuteronomy 7:1-6, God commanded the Israelites to destroy the Canaanites totally once they entered the land to possess it. In James 2:10, breaking a single commandment is equal to breaking all of God’s commandments. In John 14:15, if you love God, you will keep his commandments. In Romans 6:16, you are slave to the one you submit to. You can either be slave to sin which leads to death or obey God which leads to righteousness. In Matthew 7:21, not everyone who calls Jesus Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven but only those who do God’s will will be receive eternal life. In James 1:22, we should not just be hearers but be doers of the word otherwise you will be lying to yourself. In James 1:25, those who do God’s commandments will be blessed in what he does. In James 2:24, we are justified by both faith and works. In Romans 8:28, all things work together for the good of those who love him. In Isaiah 1:19, if you obey God with all your heart and mind, God will bless you. In Titus 3:1, we should be submissive to the authorities and be obedient and be ready for every good work.
2. Doing your best for God
King Solomon said since the temple he is building must be great because he is God of all gods. We should do our best to serve God. We should give our best to God including time, offerings, and etc. In Colossians 3:17, whatever we do should be to glorify God. In 1 Corinthians 10:31, whether you eat or drink, you must do it to glorify God. In 1 Peter 4:11, anyone that speaks should speak the word of God. Anyone that serve should do it with the strength of God. In this way, God will be praised through Jesus Christ. In Romans 6:6, we must put on the new life in Christ and crucified the old self so that we can get rid of the body of sin. In Galatians 2:20, a new born Christian no longer lives for himself but lives for Jesus Christ. If the life of Christ is in you, you will not submit to the sinful fleshly desire. In Galatians 5:24, anyone who belong to Jesus Christ must get rid of the sinful desires.
3. Be humble
King Solomon said who is he that he should build a temple for God. In 1 Peter 5:6, if you humble yourself before God, God will exalt you in due time. In James 4:10, if you humble yourself, God will lift you up. In Psalm 25:9, God will guide and teach his way to those who humble themselves before him. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, if you humble yourself, and called on God’s name and pray and seek God’s face and repent, God will forgive you. We should not be proud with our ministry and positions at the church. In Jesus Christ, those who do small things or big things for God is all the same. What is most important is that you serve God wholeheartedly. Those who are showy with their deeds will not receive their rewards in heaven. Rather, those who serve God with a humble heart secretly will be rewarded in heaven (Matthew 6:1-4).
4. God is everywhere
King Solomon said the temple and highest heavens cannot contain God. God is everywhere (Psalm 139:7012). God is not just present at the church. Whenever you call on his name, he will be there for you. In Romans 10:13, whoever that calls on God’s name will be saved. When you pray, you must believe and ask according to the will of God (James 4:3; 1 John 5:14). In addition, you must be obedient and carry out his commandments before God will hear your prayer (1 John 3:21-23).