Chapter-a-Day 2 Chronicles 2

Solomon then took a census of all the foreigners living in Israel, using the same census-taking method employed by his father. They numbered 153,600. He assigned 70,000 of them as common laborers, 80,000 to work the quarries in the mountains, and 3,600 as foremen to manage the work crews. 2 Chronicles 2:17-18 (MSG)

In today’s chapter we see King Solomon employing the same census methods for taking count of the “foreigners” living in Israel. Did Solomon not know that his father repented of his actions in taking the census; “trusting statistics instead of God?” Did Solomon realize that there was a heavy cost placed on David and the country for his actions in taking the census? Did Solomon think that he was okay in taking the census because he was doing it for the work of God’s temple, or that it was okay because he wasn’t counting his fellow Israelites? I’m intrigued to think about Solomons reasoning. Was he ignorant, arrogant, or a combination of both?

For all of Solomon’s lauded wisdom, we see in today’s chapter the foreshadowing of a tragic flaw. Solomon did not learn from his father’s mistakes. He will take a census and then he will put all of the non-Israelites to slave labor for the temple and his own palace. This is the first in a chain of events what will ultimately divide the nation and lead to civil war.

Those who don’t learn from history (even family history) are doomed to repeat it.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day 2 Chronicles 2”

  1. And me, who am I to think I can build a house adequate for God—burning incense to him is about all I’m good for! I need your help:

    It’s hard to admit our weaknesses sometimes. We know from previous chapters that God had granted what Solomon asked for. We know that he was knowledgable and wise. I’m kind of surprised that he didn’t have a big head after that. We need help in this life. I’ve learned that I need to be accountable for most things in my life to someone else…my faith, my health, my parenting and husbanding abilities…..there are more. It has taken me the better part of my life to figure that out and it is quite freeing to acknowledge it. Thanks God for providing me people with whom to walk this journey.

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