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July 29 – The Temple Builder’s Progeny break up the Temple

July 29
2 Chronicles 24:1-25:28
Romans 12:1-21
Psalm 22:19-31
Proverbs 20:8-10

2 Chronicles 24:7 – We think of the destruction of the temple in 586 BC as disgraceful, yet when we realize that the descendants of Solomon (the sons of Athaliah would have been also the sons of Jehoram) – the very builder of the temple’s descendants of the 6th generation “had broken up the house of God.”

2 Chronicles 24:10 – One of the few times you see “all the people” rejoicing about a mandatory tax – perhaps because the people realized that there was a king focused on eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in this building project!

2 Chronicles 24:17 – Can one man make a difference? Let’s see when Jehoiada is not around – they kill his son! (2 Chronicles 24:21) for speaking the words of God (2 Chronicles 24:20). Interesting that his slaying of a priest is avenged by an Ammonite and a Moabite (2 Chronicles 24:26). They possibly had good intentions (avenge their friend) but God says its better to let a bad king be in power than to bring a better king (2 Chronicles 25:2) in the wrong way (see 1 Samuel 24:6).

2 Chronicles 25:4 – As we’ve seen Moses prohibited human rulers from punishing the children for the sins of the father (Deuteronomy 24:16) – human vengeance, but God can and does judge the children for the sins of the father (Exodus 34:7).

2 Chronicles 25:6 – National unity – the goal of Jehoshaphat, exemplified in the wife of Jehoram, and the fault of Amaziah – hiring mercenaries from Israel. Separation is required from those who are not followers of our LORD (2 Chronicles 25:7). And we can’t say “but I’ve already spent….” – whether its money spent on things that God warns us against – alcohol (Proverbs 20:1), drugs, pornography, etc –  “The LORD is able to give thee much more than this.” Be willing to take a radical stand for God.

2 Chronicles 25:14 – My God beat your god, so I will serve your god…. I’m struggling to follow Amaziah’s logic. And the prophet will echo this in 2 Chronicles 25:15. Speaking of bad logic – why pick a fight with a stronger nation? (2 Chronicles 25:17).

2 Chronicles 25:27 – The front gate of Lachish:

Romans 12:1 Now that we have called upon the name of the LORD, what should we be doing? Serving Him! Put our all on the altar!

Let’s put together a quick list:

  1. Give your body to God (Romans 12:1)
  2. Reject this world’s form (Romans 12:2)
  3. Renew your mind in the Word (Romans 12:2)
  4. Be humble (Romans 12:3)
  5. Be sober (Romans 12:3)
  6. Use our gifts (Romans 12:6)
  7. Love one another (Romans 12:9-10)
  8. Good over evil (Romans 12:9)
  9. Prefer one another (Romans 12:10)
  10. Serve the LORD (Romans 12:11)
  11. Rejoice (Romans 12:12)
  12. Patience (Romans 12:12)
  13. Pray (Romans 12:13)
  14. and we have 8 more verses to go! Make your own list of what a follower of Christ looks like!

Psalm 22:22 – Here’s what David says he will do following his salvation by the LORD. He will testify to the goodness of the LORD (Psalm 22:23, Psalm 22:25).

Proverbs 20:10 – Psst, don’t tell your atheist friends, but the State of Wisconsin conducted 216,887 inspections in 2017 to make sure that Wisconsin merchants were not committing abominations to the LORD.

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July 28 – Jehoshaphat’s sad legacy of “unity”

July 28
2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21
Romans 11:13-36
Psalm 22:1-18
Proverbs 20:7

2 Chronicles 21:1 – We’ve spent four chapters with Jehoshaphat – the most we’ve spent with any king since Solomon, and the most spent until Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 29-32).

2 Chronicles 21:4 – How did good king Jehoshaphat’s son become known for filicide? Because of the pattern of compromise that Jehoshaphat brought in with is dealings with Ahab. Perhaps the political unity that led to joint fundraising and joint expeditions led to a joint kingdom dream? Likely Jehoram didn’t pick his bride – his dad assigned his heir (his eldest male descendant) the daughter of Ahab.

2 Chronicles 21:12 – Elijah dominated the Kings (from 1 Kings 17 – 2 Kings 10) but this is the only mention of Elijah in the Chronicles, mainly because Elijah’s ministry was to the North / King Ahab, while the Chronicles focused on the South. Yet because Jehoshaphat kept intertwining himself with the North (perhaps wanting to undo Jeroboam’s split in 1 Kings 12:16 – but unity must be built on theology, not just proximity!) – Elijah intervened in Southern business.

2 Chronicles 21:19-20 – Was the worst epitaph that his bowels fell out or that he “departed without being desired.“?

2 Chronicles 22:11 – Jehoshabeath was used by God to preserve the line of the Messiah! (Matthew 1:9). By the way, who else was hidden as a small child ? (Exodus 2:3).

2 Chronicles 23:1 – The covenant was renewed, with a renewed focus on the word of the LORD (2 Chronicles 23:3), and the re-establishment of holiness (2 Chronicles 23:6). This covenant was expanded to all the people (2 Chronicles 23:16), and led to the purification of Israel (2 Chronicles 23:17).

2 Chronicles 23:19 – We had read in 1 Chronicles about the 4,000 porters (1 Chronicles 23:5), and even the lists of their service (1 Chronicles 9:17-26), but the point of listing the porters, and their reintroduction – is that the temple had porters, had porters reintroduced, and now rebuilt (at the post-Exilic time) would follow in line with Joash’s renovations.

Romans 11:26 – God isn’t thru with Israel yet! He has a plan for them but today he has extended his mercy to you! (Romans 11:30).

Psalm 22:3 – Speaking of holiness – why did God forsake his son (Psalm 22:1, Matthew 27:46)? It is because of this – God is holy, and cannot look on evil (Habakkuk 1:13), and God made Jesus to be sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). This chapter records the sufferings and glory of Jesus.

  • First Cycle: 22:1‑2 = Complaint (to God)
    • 22:3‑5 = Confidence (in God)
  • Second Cycle: 22:6‑8 = Complaint
    • 22:9‑11 = Confidence and Petition [v. 11]
  • Third Cycle: 22:12‑18 = Complaint
    • 22:19‑21 = Confidence and (mostly) Petition

Proverbs 20:7 -The lapse of Jehoshaphat’s obedience led to his children losing the blessing. How will your behavior affect your descendants’ blessings?

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July 27 – Good King Jehoshaphat Trusts God but Disobeys His Warning

July 27
2 Chronicles 19:1-20:37
Romans 10:14-11:12
Psalm 21:1-13
Proverbs 20:4-6

2 Chronicles 19:2 – Yesterday we pointed out Jehoshaphat’s compromise, and today he is rebuked for it. Yes good people can do much good (2 Chronicles 19:7), but by their alliances “help the ungodly.” Dr. Peter Masters, pastor of Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle talks about the sad state of those who are personally faithful yet partner with the ungodly, especially because like Jehu, we cannot gloss over that partnership. The good news is that Jehoshaphat seemed to hear the seer in that he warns the Levites to warn the people about the wrath (2 Chronicles 19:10) that he was warned about (2 Chronicles 19:2). But we read that while he heard the seer he didn’t follow the seer, for he didn’t just partner with Ahab, but with Ahab’s wicked son Ahaziah (2 Chronicles 20:35). Again the prophets warned him that God was judging him for an unholy alliance (2 Chronicles 20:37).

Triumph of Jehosaphat over Adad of Syria as illustrated by Jean Fouquet (1470s) for Josephus‘ Antiquities of the Jews.

2 Chronicles 20:3 – Jehoshaphat was one of the few kings who didn’t try to solve battles on his own, but turned to the LORD, and turned the whole nation to the LORD (2 Chronicles 20:4). His prayer was based on God’s past actions and promises (2 Chronicles 20:7), and the Solomonic dedication (2 Chronicles 20:9). And this request was granted dramatically (2 Chronicles 20:17).

2 Chronicles 20:21 – How do you know the people really believed? They sent singers out “before the army.” That’s faith to go out armed with nothing but your vocal cords!

2 Chronicles 20:33 – The story of Jehoshaphat. Personally righteous, able to move the people to fear the LORD, but his desire for “unity” with the Northern Kingdom and his tolerance of the high places were the black marks on his impressive resume of a king following God. Today many ministers are doing a great work for God, but they are allying themselves with those hostile to God. We must be willing to put faithfulness to God above “unity at any cost.”

Romans 10:14 – Yesterday we read how salvation comes to those who believe in Jesus – and that is done by calling on His name. Yet Paul backs up the logic change – God is sending preachers with beautiful feet (Romans 10:15) with the word of God (Romans 10:17), and we are called to go as well!

Romans 11:12 – God isn’t finished with the Israelites yet! Thru their diminishing the Gentiles experience the riches of the Gospel, yet thru their fulness – the world will be blessed even more.

Psalm 21:1 – Yes in 2 Chronicles 20:27 we saw the king of Judah rejoicing in the salvation of God, for his answered prayers (Psalm 21:2). But the God of grace and salvation is also a God of wrath (Psalm 21:9).

Psalm 21:13 – Speaking of singing, join with the Ambassador Staff Quartet as they sing Be Thou Exalted!

Proverbs 20:6Phil Cooke tells of the challenge of finding faithful men (and women):

For instance, in many cases, I’ve had media people here in Hollywood tell me they’ve worked for “Fox” – with the inference that it means Fox Film Studios, or Fox Television. But with a closer look, I discovered they’d been an assistant at a local Fox TV station in a small town in the Midwest.

In another situation I had a client excitedly hire a producer from a famous church’s TV ministry, thinking that if they worked for that famous church, she had to be amazing. But I decided to make a few calls, and discovered she had actually been fired from the church, and they were adamant they would never hire her again.

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July 26 – Royal Bible Teachers

July 26
2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34
Romans 9:25-10:13
Psalm 20:1-9
Proverbs 20:2-3

2 Chronicles 17:5 – Psalm 127:1 reminds us that except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Jehoshaphat’s father Asa was scared and used the treasures (2 Chronicles 16:2) to attempt a humanly reasonable solution (2 Chronicles 16:3) to protect his kingdom. But Jehoshaphat trusted God, and instead of gold going out, gold came in!

2 Chronicles 17:9 – The key to success was teaching the people the Law of the LORD. The people were under the Mosaic Covenant, and they needed to know and follow the laws of the Covenant. As people of the New Covenant (Dispensation of Grace) – we need to know the commands of the New Testament (by those counting just Jesus – 49, total commands – 1050, and from another source – 1236).

2 Chronicles 18:1 – Here is the compromise in Jehoshaphat’s life – affinity with Ahab. While he was a fellow Israeli, he was a Baal worshipper (1 Kings 16:31). Faithfulness to God may separate us from loved ones who do are not faithful to Him (Luke 12:53).

2 Chronicles 18:26 – The king threatened prison for an unpopular prophecy, but Micaiah isn’t concerned with a mere earthly ruler. He knows God has threatened false prophets (Deuteronomy 18:22) with death (Deuteronomy 18:20).

Romans 9:25 – My fellow Gentiles – God has made us His people, and His beloved, and His children. God has opened the door in the age of grace calling us!

Romans 10:5 – There are two ways to heaven: 1) Fulfill the law, or 2) Let Christ fulfill the law for you (Romans 10:4). How can we let Christ fulfill the law for us? Confess Him and Believe (Romans 10:9), no matter if you are Jew or Gentile (Romans 10:12). Call upon Him and be saved! (Romans 10:13).

Psalm 20:5 – Rejoice in God’s salvation!

Psalm 20:7Who will you trust in? The LORD or chariots, horses, bank accounts, 401k, pensions, new autos, etc?

Proverbs 20:3 – As Jesus said, Blessed are the Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)

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July 25 – The God of Rest

July 25
2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14
Romans 9:1-24
Psalm 19:1-14
Proverbs 20:1

2 Chronicles 14:2 – Did you notice something yesterday? The Chronicler never said whether Abijah did that which was good and right. He mentions a good incident but he omits 1 Kings 15:3-7a. Asa on the other hand, (David-Solomon-Rehoboam-Abijah-Asa) lived up to his great-great-grandfather David’s love for God and sought Him (2 Chronicles 14:4).

2 Chronicles 14:6 – Agitated? Let God give you rest.

  • God started rest (Genesis 2:2)
  • God sanctified rest (Genesis 2:3)
  • God said to rest (Exodus 16:23)
  • God scheduled rest (Exodus 23:11)
  • God signed by rest (Exodus 31:17)
  • God soothes with rest (Exodus 33:14)
  • God’s Sabbath is rest (Exodus 35:2)
  • God’s statute is rest (Leviticus 16:31)

Interestingly this is the same phrase used in Joshua and Judges.

2 Chronicles 14:9 – Being outnumbered 2:1 is bad. A million man army came against Israel and Asa called upon the name of the LORD (2 Chronicles 14:10) and the LORD answered! (2 Chronicles 14:12).

2 Chronicles 15:9 – A godly government attracted immigrants to the blessing of the LORD. But, there were conditions for these immigrants – with capital consequences (2 Chronicles 15:13).

2 Chronicles 16:2 – What happened? Asa wasn’t scared by a million man army, but now he’s scared of Baasha of the North? Hanani raised this same question (2 Chronicles 16:8). But unlike David responding to Nathan (2 Samuel 12), Asa was wroth (2 Chronicles 16:10). And to the end of his life, he turned his back on the LORD (2 Chronicles 16:12). Interestingly FiveThirtyEight has an article on how Supreme Court justices go liberal with age – because of peer pressure, reputations, ideological drift, and other reasons.

2 Chronicles 16:9 – Here’s a memory verse to help you hide this word in your heart!

Romans 9:3 – Accursed for my brethren. That is “agape” love. No room for anti-semitism – the Messiah’s own flesh was of the seed of Abraham (Romans 9:5).

Romans 9:14 – Throughout our reading of the Bible this year, it’s stuck out the contrast this question raises. Are we more moral than God? Or do we need to adjust our definition of fairness to His?

Romans 9:22 – Ah the controversial verse about Election. Piper weights in, as does MacArthur and non-Calvinists. Positions on double predestination affect the question – who fitted the vessels?

Psalm 19:1 – And back to Patch the Pirate for this song based on Psalm 19:1:

Psalm 19:7 – Interesting how we go from general revelation (the Creation of God) to specific revelation (the Law of God) so abruptly! Both warn the servant (Psalm 19:11). As Paul says, “thou art inexcusable!” (Romans 2:1).

Proverbs 20:1 – One of the most unpopular verses in the Bible. Alcohol has deceived tens of millions. Seek wisdom!

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July 24 – What was the motives for the piety of the Judean Kings?

July 24
2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22
Romans 8:26-39
Psalm 18:37-50
Proverbs 19:27-29

2 Chronicles 11:1 – Do you think Rehoboam was more bothered by their personal rejection of him, or of the Lord’s desire for His people to dwell in unity? (Psalm 133:1)

2 Chronicles 11:9 – Chronologically this is the first reference to Lachish as an Israelite city. We’ll hear more about Lachish when Hezekiah is fighting Sennacherib!

2 Chronicles 11:16 – This detail is left out of the Kings records – we read in 1 Kings 13 about the man of God who challenged Jeroboam’s false worship, but not about the many truly devout that followed the LORD God. Loyalty to the LORD must be stronger than family or tribal ties…. but it lasted here only three years.

2 Chronicles 12:5 – The first foreign invasion to reach Jerusalem since David had liberated the city almost a hundred years ago, was because the people have forsaken the LORD.

2 Chronicles 13:10 – The political religion of Abijah. While Abijah gives a tremendous challenge to the wayward tribes, we read in 1 Kings 15:3 that he walked in all the sins of his father – which in 1 Kings 14:22-24 we see was high places and sodomites. He defended the temple, and was vocal in his support of the LORD – but was it just as a point in his battles with the Jeroboam? Or was it the one time Abijah did trust the Lord? 2 Chronicles 13:18.

Romans 8:26 – If you’re feeling from our previous reading inadequate because of sin’s role in your life, this verse is encouraging. More so than a friend from church praying for you, is when the Spirit of God prays for you! He intercedes (v.26 & v. 27), working all things for good (Romans 8:28), to conform us to the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29), and to glorify us (Romans 8:30)! This is encouraging! (Romans 8:31). And when we are afraid of a lack of supply (Romans 8:32), false charging (Romans 8:33), condemnation (Romans 8:34), or just something in the way of Christ’s love (Romans 8:35-39) – we can rejoice!

Psalm 18:37 – The Psalmist is experiencing the promised victory, and concludes by blessing the LORD (Psalm 18:46-50).

Proverbs 19:29 – Let’s contrast the blessings we read with the judgments that will come, and prepare ourselves to avoid them!

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July 23 – Good ideas leading to compromise

July 23
2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19
Romans 8:9-25
Psalm 18:16-36
Proverbs 19:26

2 Chronicles 8:11 – Compromise begins with well intentioned ideas. Eventually we see massive destruction, but it starts with “good” ideas.

Yes in 168 BC Antiochus Epiphanes went into the temple, stole the treasures, setup an altar to Zeus, and sacrificed swine. A horrendous act of a foreign invader.

But 500 years before Antiochus, an Israeli-born King of Judah, the very son of Hezekiah, built altars for Baal and every other idol in the temple (2 Kings 21:3-5). And his father, the good king Hezekiah took the treasurers and voluntarily gave them to Sennacherib, king of Assyria (2 Kings 18:15-16).

And 300 years before Mannaseh, King Solomon tried to mitigate his compromise that disobeyed the LORD. From Wayne Stiles:

In the Old Testament, God regularly warned His people against intermarriage with foreigners: “For they will turn your sons away from following Me” (Deuteronomy 7:4; see also Exodus 34:12–17). And because the kings of Israel would lead by example, the Lord prohibited them from marrying wives who would turn their hearts away from a relationship with God (Deuteronomy 17:17).

Yes Solomon kept many of the commandments (2 Chronicles 8:13), but God demands complete obedience.

2 Chronicles 9:27 – God blessed Solomon so that silver was as stones. Yet the following kings were so afraid of losing their kingdoms that they took the treasures of the temple to bribe their way to continuing in power. The Northern Kings were promised Divine protection if they worshipped in Jerusalem but were so fearful they rejected God’s offer (we read about Jeroboam in 2 Chronicles 6:6, and Jehu in 2 Kings 10:29).

2 Chronicles 10:8 – The son of the wisest man who ever lived rejected the counsel of the wise men of his father.

Romans 8:10 – How can we have victory over sin?

  • The Spirit of God dwells in us (Romans 8:9)
  • The Spirit that resurrected Jesus can surely defeat mere sin (Romans 8:11)
  • The Spirit can mortify the deeds of the body (Romans 8:13)
  • The Spirit is leading us (Romans 8:14)
  • The Spirit is the sign we are the sons of God (Romans 8:14)

Romans 8:15 – What benefits do we have?

  • The ability to cry, Abba, Father (Romans 8:15)
  • Heirs of God (Romans 8:17)
  • Future glorification with Christ (Romans 8:17)
  • Incomparable glory in the future (Romans 8:18)
  • Glorious liberty (Romans 8:21)
  • Redemption of our body (Romans 8:23)

Psalm 18:20-21 – Who gives us the strength to obey and keep the ways of the LORD? As Paul showed, God gives us the strength to obey – and if we use the power He has given us, we can have deliverance (Psalm 18:17).

Proverbs 19:26 – Many a child believes his parents are keeping him from his potential, yet he is bound for shame and reproach.

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July 22 – The fulfilled prophecy of the Temple

July 22
2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10
Romans 7:14-8:8
Psalm 18:1-15
Proverbs 19:24-25

2 Chronicles 6:13 – This is the first use of the word “kneeled” – how the great King Solomon showed his humility before the King of Kings. Later Daniel, the chief of the presidents under Darius the Mede would kneel three times a day (Daniel 6:10).

2 Chronicles 6:32 – Often we hear 2 Chronicles 7:14 quoted about America – but the people of 2 Chronicles 7:14 is the nation of Israel, not the nation of America. What part of this passage applies to America? 2 Chronicles 6:32-33. “The stranger, which is not of thy people Israel.” What is the purpose of the stranger (us) coming and praying to the LORD? “That all the people of the earth may know thy name and fear thee.” Israel had a universal mandate to spread God’s fame throughout the world!

2 Chronicles 7:21-22 – We’ve rehashed the topic here often, but the Chronicler wrote during the post-Exilic time. He is emphasizing to the people that it was prophesied by the LORD in ~965 BC that the beautiful house could become an astonishment. It was destroyed 586 B, or roughly 400 years later. But why? Because they forsook the LORD God and disobeyed Him to serve other Gods.

Romans 8:2 – Christ Jesus has given us the authority and power to be free from sin! We change our:

  • spouse (Romans 7:4)
  • law (Romans 8:2)
  • walk (Romans 8:4)
  • mind (Romans 8:5)

Psalm 18:3 – God’s salvation is analyzed in Romans but glorified in the Psalms!

Proverbs 19:25 – Interesting that the smiting of a scorner will not help the scorner but it will help the simple. But reproving one with understanding will help the reprovee.

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July 21 – The Glory of the LORD has returned!

July 21
2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11
Romans 7:1-13
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 19:22-23

2 Chronicles 5:3 – Notice they assembled for a feast – there are times where it is appropriate to celebrate and not to fast (Mark 2:19). Even though we have incredibly detailed records of other items, we cannot number the amount of sacrifices that were made to celebrate this building to glorify the LORD.

2 Chronicles 5:10 – What was within the Ark that was so holy that it killed Uzzah (2 Samuel 6:7), and the seventy of Beth-shemesh who looked in the ark (1 Samuel 6:19)? The two tables of the Mosaic Covenant containing the Ten Commandments written with the finger of God. The physical mark of the divine covenant with a designated human response.

2 Chronicles 5:14 – The glory of the LORD had returned! This is the first time the glory had been observed in roughly 450 years. Interestingly during the Exodus 5 of the 8 times the Glory of the LORD appeared was in conjunction with the wrath of God against the murmuring of Israel, while the other 3 times were in coordination with the explanation of the tabernacle, the dedication of the tabernacle, and the first use of the tabernacle.

  • In the cloud, at the introduction of manna in the wilderness (Exodus 16:10) following the murmuring of Israel (Exodus 16:2)
  • Atop Mount Sinai, at the explanation of the tabernacle to Moses (Exodus 24:17)
  • In the Tabernacle, at the dedication of the tabernacle (Exodus 40:35)
  • In the Tabernacle, at the first burnt offering (Leviticus 9:23)
  • In the Tabernacle, after the spies returned and the Israelites wanted to stone Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and Caleb (Numbers 14:10)
  • At the door of the Tabernacle, during Korah’s rebellion (Numbers 16:19) before the earth swallowed Korah and the fire consumed 250 (Numbers 16:32, Numbers 16:35)
  • In the Tabernacle, when Israelites murmured against Moses and Aaron for killing Korah (Numbers 16:42) before 14,700 died (Numbers 16:49)
  • At the door of the Tabernacle (Numbers 20:6) when the Israelites murmured (Numbers 20:1) before God told Moses to speak to the Rock (Numbers 20:8)

Now we see the glory of the LORD (1 Kings 8:11, 2 Chronicles 5:14) at the start of the dedication as well as the end (2 Chronicles 7:1-3).

What do we know about the Glory of the LORD? It endures forever (Psalm 104:31), and it is great (Psalm 138:5). Distant lands will see it (Isaiah 35:2). All flesh shall see it (Isaiah 40:5). It is the rereward (KJV) – meaning our rear guard (Isaiah 58:8). It will arise (Isaiah 60:1) and bring the Gentiles to its light. It made Ezekiel fall on his face (Ezekiel 1:28, Ezekiel 3:23). But it had left the Temple (Ezekiel 10:4, Ezekiel 10:8) and went to the Mount of Olives (Ezekiel 11:23).

The Chronicler is with the Exiles who had returned, and had read in Ezekiel’s prophecies that the Glory was gone. But it had been there on Mount Moriah 500 years ago, and about a hundred years before the Chronicles, the glory went from Mount Moriah to the Mount of Olives. But the Glory of the LORD would return! It would appear less than 500 years later to those who prepared some special things for Mount Moriah, as the Glory of the LORD would return to Mount Moriah, and once again go to the Mount of Olives. Now 2000 years after that, we behold that same glory (2 Corinthians 3:18)!

2 Chronicles 6:6 – Chronicles points out a word of the LORD that was not recorded in Kings – God’s declaration to David that He had chosen Jerusalem. Other references to his choosing Jerusalem fill the historical books, but records of the LORD communicating to Solomon (1 Kings 11:13), and Jeroboam (1 Kings 11:32, 1 Kings 11:36) – yet Jeroboam rejected that message that was doubly communicated to him in favor of evil counsel (1 Kings 12:28), and made the people to sin (1 Kings 12:30).

Romans 7:12 – Yes, those two tablets contained within the Ark of the Covenant that we read about (2 Chronicles 5:10) are not sin (Romans 7:7) but the way to life (Romans 7:10), and holy (Romans 7:12). But no one can keep the holy law, so it was found to be death (Romans 7:10).But now that we are dead to the death of the law (Romans 7:4) and married to Christ, we can bring forth fruit!

Psalm 17:3 – When we are right with the LORD, following His way with His power, we have His salvation (Psalm 17:7). We are kept as the apple of His eye, under the shadow of His wings (Psalm 17:8).

Psalm 17:15 – We shall not just behold the glory of the LORD, we will awake “with thy likeness.”  What does this mean? Check 1 Corinthians 2:9.

Proverbs 19:23 – The Fear of the LORD is the way of the life, that leads us to seeing the Glory of the LORD. It protects (as we read about in Psalm 17:9).

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July 20 – God’s Special Gift to Solomon

July 20
2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17
Romans 6:1-23
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 19:20-21

2 Chronicles 1:1 – The break in the Chronicler’s account transitions between David the recipient of the eternal covenant, and Solomon the builder of the house for the name of the LORD. Adonijah’s attempted insurrection isn’t the focus here (1 Kings 1) – rather the beginnings of God’s relationship with the Kingdom of Israel.

2 Chronicles 2:5 –  Solomon organized a crew of 150,000 plus workers to build this great house for God, because God is great. Let’s not have the world ridicule our second-rate efforts for God, let’s give Him our best in all that we do – but make sure that we have the right theology as well (see 2 Chronicles 2:6).

2 Chronicles 3:7 – 12 times in our passage today we find the word “gold.” The ancient rabbis taught:

He who has not seen the Temple in its full construction has never seen a glorious building in his life.

You may not have gold to give to the LORD but do you have hours, skills, or dollars that can be used to serve Him?

What did the inner Ark area look like?

Romans 6:1 – Those that confuse the age of Grace with the age of No Rules ask this question that provokes a stern response from Paul (and repeated in Romans 6:15). We are new creatures freed from sin (Romans 6:7). What’s our attitude to sin?

  • dead to sin (Romans 6:2)
  • we should not serve sin (Romans 6:6)
  • freed from sin (Romans 6:7)
  • dead indeed unto sin (Romans 6:11)
  • Let not sin therefore reign (Romans 6:12)
  • Neither yield ye your members unto sin (Romans 6:13)
  • Sin shall not have dominion over you (Romans 6:14)
  • made free from sin (Romans 6:18)
  • made free from sin (Romans 6:22)

Paul has a point – if you’re a follower of Christ – stop sinning and start serving the LORD!

Romans 6:23 – From Earl Martin:

Psalm 16:8 – Just like Paul says – if we are followers of the LORD – we don’t have to be moved. We are free from sin and from its power!

Psalm 16:10 – While the Old Testament doesn’t tell us who wrote this Psalm, Peter declares in Acts 2:25, Acts 2:29-31, and Acts 13:36 the Davidic authorship of this Psalm. David must have wondered what the Spirit was telling him (1 Peter 1:11) of the sufferings of the Holy One?

Psalm 16:11 – Hebrews 11:25 says that sin has pleasures for a season, but this is the first time since Elihu spoke to Job that we are told how we can have pleasure!

  • Job 36:11 – Obey and Serve Him
  • Psalm 16:11 – Thy right hand
  • Psalm 36:8 – The LORD’s River
  • 2 Corinthians 12:10 – in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, and distresses!

We can have pleasure, but remember we are to

  • not love pleasure (Proverbs 21:17)
  • not be given to pleasure (Isaiah 47:8)
  • be careful of whom we have pleasure with (Ezekiel 16:37)
  • not be choked with pleasures (Luke 8:14)
  • be careful of what we have pleasure in (Romans 1:32)
  • not have pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2:12)
  • not love pleasure more than God (2 Timothy 3:4)
  • serve divers pleasures (Titus 3:3)
  • not enjoy the pleasures of sin (Hebrews 11:25)

Proverbs 19:20 – Why do we have an entire book of counsel, instruction, and wisdom? Because it was given by God to Solomon and is a special gift (2 Chronicles 1:12).

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