2 CHRONICLES: This book covers the time from Solomon’s ascension to the throne until the southern kingdom of Judah was finally carried into exile in Babylon. The focus of the book is on Judah. The author was more concerned with telling the story of David’s descendants, who reigned over Judah, than with the history of the northern kingdom of Israel. The centrality of Jerusalem, where the temple was located, falls in line with the book’s overarching focus on the priesthood as well. The Jews rebuilt the temple but languished for years in their fight to reclaim the land. Against this backdrop, the writer portrayed Jewish history, focusing on the blessings God bestowed when leaders were faithful to His Law.
2 CORINTHIANS: This epistle by Paul encourages believers to embrace and follow the way of Jesus that transforms lives and values generosity, humility, and weakness. The letter is riddled with personal comments as Paul revealed details about the persecution he had suffered for the sake of Christ as well as about a mysterious thorn in the flesh that kept him reliant on God. In this epistle we are also reminded that Christians should give cheerfully, rather than under compulsion.