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The Writer
          Ezra has been named, as he is most likely the writer in view of its date (post-captivity)
        and its contents.

        The Warnings
          To the remnant who had returned from Babylon, these warnings would have special
        meaning and significance (see 12:5; 15:1-7; 28:9-13; 33:10-13; 16:7-10; 24:19-22; 25:15-16;
        26:16-21).

        The World of Ezra’s Day
          Ezra is writing for a returning remnant. The importance of their history, the events
        which led up to their captivity, their failure and sin, and God’s faithfulness are all
        interwoven into this second book of Chronicles. He is seeking to give a preventative
        ministry but also to encourage them by examples of occasions of blessing when men
        turned to God with all their hearts. The best-known verse of 2 Chronicles is likely 7:14,
        which contains both the truth of the importance of self-humbling and the truth of prayer,
        themes which are prominent in the book.
          Four major deliverances are also detailed to encourage the remnant; these occurred
        during the reigns of Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, and Hezekiah.
          Notice that during the description of the reign of Solomon, no attention is drawn to
        his failure and his many wives. He is presented in an almost idealized form.
          Attention should be drawn to how 2 Chronicles ends and the next book, Ezra, begins.
        Chronicles ends with the edict of Cyrus, and the last word is “up.” Ezra begins by re-
        peating the edict and that God stirred “up” the spirit of Cyrus to issue the edict, and the
        repetition of the charge to “go up” and build the house. All of this would reinforce in the
        hearts of the people the sense of “mission” and divine “sovereignty” that was at work.

        The Writings
          There are many references to other works, which have been referenced in the compi-
        lation of this book of Chronicles (note 9:29; 12:15; 13:22; 20:34; 24:27; 26:22; 27:7; 29:29;
        32:32; 33:19). This does not detract from inspiration but indicates a careful historian who
        culled from available references, under the control of the Spirit of God, to provide us
        this account. It is similar to the Gospel of Luke in this regard.
        Words

          •   Notice all the mentions of humbling in 2 Chronicles. This again would be very
        valuable, considering the history of the remnant (7:14; 12:6,7,12; 30:11; 33:12,19,23; 34:27;
        36:12).

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