Archive for July 29th, 2015

2 Chronicles 6

2 Chronicles 6 has Solomon dedicating the Temple.  And he also focused on the people.  “The king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel stood”.  He blessed those he was leading and reminded them “the Lord has fulfilled his promise that he made”.  God promised that a temple would be built, not by David, but by his son Solomon and that has come to pass.  “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”.

Solomon models how to connect with God when “he knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven”.  He didn’t just talk about walking with God.  He showed them how.  And he called on God to be with them.  “But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built”!  Solomon is seeking God’s presence in the house he has just completed.

And Solomon asks God that “your eyes may be open day and night toward this house….listen to the prayer….listen to the pleas….listen from heaven….and when you hear, forgive”.  Solomon asks God to forgive His people when they cry out.  He knows they will sin.  And Solomon wants God to be in the Temple so they can pray to Him when that happens.  He wants a relationship with God for his people – “that they may fear you and walk in your ways all the days that they live”. 

There is only one problem with his plan.  Sin.  And Solomon knows what sin will do.  It separates the people from God.  It causes the enemy to be victorious in battle.  It causes the rain to stop falling.  Sin yields lots of bad outcomes.  And Solomon makes it clear that we are all guilty – “If they sin against you – for there is no one who does not sin”.  We all have a sin problem – then and now.  And God alone can save us from that sin.  It’s why Jesus had to come to this earth to live, be crucified on a cross, arise from the dead and be victorious over sin and death.  Because of our sin, God sent Jesus to set us free!

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