The books of the Kings and Chronicles describe the rise and fall of Judah’s kings—some comparatively good and others exceedingly bad. Some kings reigned honorably, while others rejected the Lord and led the nation into idolatry. And although some kings began with righteous intentions, the love of money and other fleshly desires blotted their judgment and led them astray.
By examining the reign of Judah’s kings, we learn important lessons about leadership, obedience, failure, punishment, and blessing. The divine grace demonstrated in God’s relationship with Judah illustrates God’s compassion and love to us all. In each of the detailed studies we learn relevant truths applicable for Christian living today. Like Jabez, we should honor the Lord in both word and deed and pray for His blessing.