The Opening Up Commentary Collection offers accessible and easy-to-read introductions to the books of the Bible. The commentaries tackle the key issues in each book by introducing the history and context and by giving an overview of important themes and events. The authors wrestle with the hard questions and navigate through the difficult issues, with a keen eye toward application and relevance for today.
The book of 2 Chronicles carries on where 1 Chronicles left off. We start with a conducted tour of Solomon's kingdom. Then we visit the kingdom of Judah's royal portrait gallery, seeing the good, the bad, and the ugly. At times we are confronted with what is unattractive in our own lives. Along the way we learn lessons about the importance of wisdom, the priority and practice of prayer, and the utter reliability of the Lord. All the kings had their strengths and weaknesses, their good moments and bad—and so do we. Thankfully, our God has only strengths, and he doesn't change. If a fresh grasp of our own frailties causes us to "seek the Lord and his strength," the chronicler will have done his job.
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If you are reading 2 Chronicles and Andrew Thomson's exposition as you do so, you will say, 'My, how immensely practical 2 Chronicles is—I must dig into it even more!' And at that point you will, I suspect, have fallen into Mr. Thomson's trap. He 'opens up' 2 Chronicles so that you will 'fall in'!
—Dale Ralph Davis, former Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary
What Andrew Thomson did for the twenty-nine chapters of 1 Chronicles, he has done again for the thirty-six chapters of 2 Chronicles. He has skillfully picked out the important teaching of 2 Chronicles and shown how God's care of his people continues, despite their unfaithfulness. Very easy to read, the book is crammed full of Scripture and included many helpful, up-to-date illustrations.
—Michael Bentley, retired evangelical pastor, Bracknell, UK
Andrew Thomson is Pastor of Kesgrave Baptist Church in Suffolk. He became a Christian while studying at Oxford, where he also met his wife, Helen. He ran a Christian bookshop in Woking for some years before being called to the ministry. His first pastorate was at Mitchley Hill Evangelical Church in Sanderstead, Surrey, before moving to Kesgrave in 2010.