Archive for January 5th, 2013

2 Chronicles 6

2 Chronicles 6 has Solomon before the people in the temple reminding them of the history that brought them to this place.  God had told David to build a temple.  But that torch had been passed to Solomon to complete, and now it was in fact done.  Solomon declares:  “Now the Lord has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have risen in the place of David my father and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord promised, and I have built the house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel”.  The task is done.  It is finished as God intended.

So how does a leader show the people that it isn’t about him, but God.  Solomon does it very visibly.  He didn’t stand up there and take the glory.  He sets an example and points the people to the Source of all that has happened.  “Then he knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven, and said, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart, who have kept with your servant David my father what you declared to him. You spoke with your mouth, and with your hand have fulfilled it this day”.  This is how true leaders point to God.  They show others how.  On his knees, hands lifted toward heaven, Solomon gives God the glory.

Then he goes into a long list of things that happen in life.  “Defeated….no rain….famine…..go to battle….sin against you” – Solomon gives example after example of what it means to stray from God’s goodness and protection.  It is called sin.  And he is very clear “for there is no one who does not sin – and you are angry with them”.  The way to get on God’s good side is not through sin.  Sin separates us from God.  And it infects each and every one of us.  No one is exempt from the reach of sin.  No one is able to live life without committing sin.  It is a reality, and we have to address it because it has eternal consequences.

So what does Solomon tell us?  That we have to get right with God.  We have to deal with sin.  It doesn’t just go away.  It isn’t some small problem we can ignore and somehow it takes care of itself.  Sin is a big deal.  And we often don’t really understand the gravity of sin.  Solomon is clear that we have to reach out to God for forgiveness when he wrote “then hear from heaven your dwelling place and forgive and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways, for you, you only, know the hearts of the children of mankind, that they may fear you and walk in your ways all the days that they live”.  Sin has to be dealt with.  That is why Jesus came to this earth 2000 years ago – because without His sacrifice, sin will cause us to spend eternity separated from God.  Jesus is the way we deal with sin.  His life, death, burial, and resurrection are the source of eternal life because of the forgiveness of sin.  There is no other way.  Where do you stand with Jesus?

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