Vs. 21, “The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.” The chronicler wraps up the history of how God’s people were disciplined through the Babylonian exile. The last four kings of Judah didn’t bode well as Jehoahaz was exiled to Egypt, while Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah all were exiled to Babylon (vs. 1-14.) It’s also notable how the evilness of the kings rubbed off on the leaders of the priest and the people (vs. 14). The prophet Jeremiah had warned Judah of this day, but they would not listen (Jeremiah 25-27). The chronicler assumes the people knew most of the details from II Kings 25 of the Babylonian invasion (vs. 15-21).
Regarding application…Second Chance. Vs. 23, “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: “‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you—may the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up.’” It was the LORD who had prompted Cyrus king of Persia through the prophecies Jeremiah & Isaiah (Isaiah 44:28) to help restore His people. The LORD gave His people a second chance (numerous at that) and He also extends that to us. As the aftermath of Easter looms over us, this is our opportunity to remember the grace of our Lord Jesus in our lives. Just as He give us second chances and forgives, we are to extend the same to others. “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13.