Divrei Hayamim II – Seventeen: Educators

Full disclosure: this chapter was incredibly boring, and I had to read through it more than once just to find something to comment on. For context, Asa is dead and his son Jehoshaphat reigns over Judah. He’s loyal to God, and removes idols. “And in the third year of his reign, he sent his officers, Ben Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah (Chronicles II 17:7).” He basically sends his most trusted advisors out into the land to be a group of roving educators. My kind of guy! It essentially sounds like a very early version of shlichut, where individuals are sent out to work directly within communities as educators. I deeply believe in bringing education to the proverbial masses, and both metaphorically and literally meeting people where they are. I wonder how these educators were received – did their presence help the people connect? Or were they resented? There’s no way of really knowing, but I hope that a ruler who was concerned about education and invested in it in this way was well-received in his efforts.

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