2 Chronicles 7

2 Chronicles 7 has Solomon finishing the dedication of the Temple he has just completed.  “As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple”.  Solomon has finished his work, and God responds by coming down and filling the house with His glory.  It was obvious.  “When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord”.

Do you see what happened?  God showed up and filled the place with His glory.  So Solomon goes to the next step.  “King Solomon offered as a sacrifice 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep”.  Can you imagine that many animals all being killed and sacrificed?  Talk about the need for some order and a plan.  There is no way they could have done this in any sort of organized fashion without some strong leadership.  But Solomon goes even further and “Solomon held the feast for seven days”.

It was a great time, and after that week Solomon sent everyone home “joyful and glad of heart”.  Solomon has fulfilled the task that God assigned him through his father David.  “All that Solomon had planned to do in the house of the Lord and in his own house he successfully accomplished”.  God was pleased and told Solomon so.  But he also reminds him that “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land”.

What a promise.  God tells us that it is His people that have the power to pray, seek Him and repent in order to see God’s move to heal the land and forgive them.  But God is clear that this isn’t a blanket offer.  If the people, or their leaders, walk away from God, things won’t go well.  God is clear that there is a cause and effect relationship between obedience and suffering.  God tells Solomon that sin will cause an issue “because they abandoned the Lord”.  God demands obedience.  We cannot expect Him to heal anything if we are not walking in obedience with Him.

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One response to this post.

  1. Thanks Arlin, great thoughts to start my day as always. Kathy

    Sent from my iPad

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