2 Chronicles 21 Outline
– Jehoram succeeded the throne of Judah (2 Chronicles 21:1-3)
– Jehoram killed all his brothers and some princes of Israel (2 Chronicles 21:4-6)
– God was unwilling to destroy the dynasty of David because of the promise he made to him (2 Chronicles 21:7)
– Edom and Libnah revolted against Jehoram (2 Chronicles 21:8-11)
– Elijah sent a letter to Jehoram to tell him he will die of a severe bowel disease and that his people, sons and wives will be hit with a heavy blow (2 Chronicles 21:12-15)
– The Philistines and Arabians invaded Judah and carried away the things in the palace, and Jehoram’s sons and wives (2 Chronicles 21:16-17)
– Jehoram died of a severe bowel disease (2 Chronicles 21:18-19)
– Jehoram was not honored in his death (2 Chronicles 21:20)
2 Chronicles 21 Summary
After Jehoshaphat died, his son, Jehoram succeeded the throne. Jehoram was the firstborn of Jehoshaphat so Jehoshaphat let him take over the throne of Judah. Jehoshaphat had other sons including Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah.
As soon as Jehoram succeeded the throne, he killed all his brothers and some of the Israelite princes. Jehoram walked in the wicked footsteps of King Ahab of Israel. He married the daughter of Ahab. God was reluctant to put the dynasty of David to an end because of the promise he made to him. At that time, Edom and Libnah revolted against Judah. The Edomites surrounded him by he and his army managed to break through them at night.
Jehoram led the people of Judah into prostituting themselves so that they were led astray from God. God sent Elijah the prophet to rebuke him of the evil deeds he had done. Elijah prophesied that God will struck him with a bowel disease that will eventually become so severe that the bowel comes out. Elijah also prophesied that his people, sons and wives will be hit with a heavy blow.
God aroused the Philistines and Arabians to rise up against King Jehoram of Judah. They invaded Judah and carried away everything found in the palace. The sons and wives of Jehoram were carried away as well except the youngest son, Ahaziah.
Jehoram reigned for 8 years and he died of a severe bowel disease. He died in great pain and the people did not made a bon fire to honor him when he died as they did for his fathers. He died to no one’s regret. King Jehoram was buried in the City of David. However, he was not buried in the tombs of the kings.
2 Chronicles 21 Bible Study
1. Don’t be yoked with unbelievers
Jehoram married the daughter of King Ahab of Israel. As a result, he was influenced by the idolatry of Israel and followed in the footsteps of King Ahab. If you are looking for a marriage partner, you should look for a Christian instead of an unbeliever. If you marry an unbeliever, there is a high chance that he will lead you astray from God. In 2 Corinthians 6:14, we should not be yoked together with unbelievers. For there is no fellowship between righteousness and wickedness or light and darkness.
2. Jealousy and bitterness are like murdering people
Jehoram was afraid that his brothers will take away his throne over Judah so he killed all of them. He also killed some of the princes of Israel. Bitterness and jealousy is like murdering people (Galatians 5:19-21). If you don’t get rid of the bitterness or jealousy in your heart, you may one day express it by murdering your enemy. In James 3:16, where jealousy and selfish ambition exists, there will be disorder and every vile practice. The most important commandment is to love others as you love yourself (Matthew 22:38; Proverbs 25:21; Luke 6:21). We must love our enemies and be kind to them and pray for them (Matthew 5:44). We are to leave all vengeance to God (Romans 12:19).
3. Let God take charge of your life
Jehoram did not trust in God. He believed that by killing all his brothers, he will secure his throne in Judah. We should surrender every aspect of our lives to God. When you surrender to God, God will be in charge. When God is in charge in your life, you will succeed in everything you do. In James 4:7, we should submit to God and resist the devil. In Proverbs 3:5-6, we should not depend on our own understanding but depend on God.
4. Sin brings punishment
Because Jehoram killed all his brothers and walked in the ways of Ahab, God punished him by sending the Philistines and Arabians to invade Judah and carry away everything in the palace, and his sons, wives and people. God also struck Jehoram with a bowel disease that is so severe that his bowel came out eventually. In Exodus 20:5-6, God punish the wicked up to the 3rd generation but be blesses those that are faithful up to a thousand generations. In Romans 6:23, the wage of sin is death.