Honor a good man at death

2 Chronicles Bible Background

Old Testament: 2Ch 32.32–33

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Chronicles 32–33 on June 10, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

When King Hezekiah of Judah died, Ezra, who wrote First and Second Chronicles, spoke good things of him:

Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and his goodness, indeed they are written in the vision of Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, and in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. So Hezekiah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the upper tombs of the sons of David; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem honored him at his death. Then Manasseh his son reigned in his place.

– 2 Chronicles 32.32–33

Hezekiah was filled with goodness as a king of Judah, and he had the honor of being buried in the tombs of the sons of David, and of Judah and Jerusalem thinking highly of him at his death.

Unfortunately, the last sentence says that his son Manasseh then began to reign, and the fifty-five years that he reigned were filled with wickedness and even after he repented and died, he had introduced enough evil into Judah and Jerusalem, that it led to the Babylonian captivity. 

Questions:

  • How will people characterize your life at your death?
  • What was the name of Isaiah’s father?

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