The Chronicles were written by the prophet Ezra to unify the Israelites as they returned from Babylonian captivity. He also traces David’s family line. Ezra tries to teach the people through history why God should be at the center of each of their lives as well as the nation as a whole. He also shows the importance of worship. He tries to show the correct and incorrect ways of acting by using examples of good and bad kings of the past.
One beautiful verse that stands out for me:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for his is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34
Second Chronicles ends with Jerusalem in ruins after a 70 year exile in Babylon. The new king of Persia, Cyrus, fulfills the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah to send people back to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple for the Lord.