2 Chronicles 6-7; Psalm 136
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God IS IN THE DETAILS!! I have to begin this entry using the Words of the Psalmist from Psalm 136 “HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!!” Did you realize that was said 26 times (in the NIV) in this Psalm ALONE!!! Ummmmm…..MUST be important. PLUS… Solomon says it when he dedicated the Temple!!! Once again I could feel the people all singing and praising their God for such a beautiful place to worship HIM. I could hear the musicians and singers.
It felt like a review of what we read yesterday, yet God always pulls out something different for each of us to focus on….like I said HE IS IN THE DETAILS.
Did you happen to notice in 6:32-33 that the foreigners are included in this verse….. ANOTHER place where Gentiles are INCLUDED as God’s people….in the OT…see God IS IN THE DETAILS???!!!!
Have you ever asked God…WHY and in particular….WHY God is there a Muslim Mosque sitting on the SAME site where the YOUR TEMPLE once stood???? Today’s reading gives us the answer to that very question….did you notice that??
Yes….”The Dome of the Rock” (The Muslim Mosque) sits on the very land Solomon built the Temple for our God. Here is a website that contains a photo of the Dome of the Rock. https://www.google.com/search?q=picture+of+dome+of+the+rock+jerusalem&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#biv=i%7C6%3Bd%7Clgw4oq-qUWJRZM%3A
WHY….?????? Let’s take a look at Chapter 7 beginning with verse 19:
19 “But IF you turn away AND forsake the decrees AND commands I have given you AND go off to serve other gods AND worship them, THEN I will UPROOT ISRAEL from my land, which I have given them, AND will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword AND an object of ridicule among all peoples. AND though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled AND SAY, ‘WHY HAS THE LORD DONE SUCH A THING TO THIS AND AND TO THIS TEMPLE? People will answer, ‘BECAUSE THEYY HAVE FORSAKEN THE LORD, THE LORD, THE GOD OF THEIR FATHERS, WHO BROUGHT THEM OUT OF EGYPT, AND HAVE EMBRACED OTHER gods, WORSHIPING, AND SERVING THEM—THAT IS WHY HE BROUGHT ALL THIS DISASTER ON THEM.”
During Solomon’s prayer and dedication he repeatedly asks God to forgive HIS people — such as “then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to them and their ancestors.” He asks this throughout today’s reading of God. In his God given wisdom…..he KNEW the people would pull away from God. He was warning the people that when they did sin…to return to God. He was also praying that God would hear them, forgive them, and heal them. BUT….as we see throughout the OT we…God’s people….can NOT live out of sin…..God KNEW this which is why HE sent HIS son. BUT…we have the responsibility of ASKING God to forgive us, BELIEVING that HE IS, and repenting from our sins. God is such a gentleman HE will NEVER force HIMself on us!!!
Today we celebrate a grand day of freedom in the USA….our Independence Day…our 4th of July!!! This is a GREAT reminder that God gives us the FREEDOM to CHOOSE HIM….right now…today….at this very moment if you have never chosen HIM. (If you have never chosen HIM as your Lord and Savior…you can do it privately…simply go to the blue tab at the top of this page titled “WHAT IF?”) If you have chosen HIM…..this is a PERFECT day to rededicate our lives to HIM…..surrendering ALL we are to HIM.
Sharing HIS love,