Kings of the Southern Kingdom

Ezra listed the kings of the southern kingdom of Judah, “Solomon’s son was Rehoboam; Abijah was his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son, Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son, Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son, Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son, Amon his son, and Josiah his son. The sons of Josiah were Johanan the firstborn, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, and the fourth Shallum. The sons of Jehoiakim were Jeconiah his son and Zedekiah his son” (1 Chronicles 3:10-16).
Even if you have trouble pronouncing those names, you still read through that list quickly, but it did not happen quickly. From Rehoboam to Zedekiah is over 340 years! Also, in First and Second Kings, and it will be the same in First and Second Chronicles, the writers do not give as much attention to the last kings of Israel and Judah as the writers did to the first three, Saul, David, and Solomon, because the Books of the Chronicles show the digression of both kingdoms into idolatry, which explains the captivity of both nations.
God knows the details, but He can stand back and see the whole picture. We lack greatly in our ability to see, but know that your nation, and especially the church, is in His hands and He guides us along to prosperity, along as we live in His will.

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