Welcome back to Week 2 in the Book of 2 Chronicles!
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- Intro and Resources for 2 Chronicles 1-5
- God Wants to Speak to Us – Are You Listening? – based on our reading in 2 Chronicles 1-5
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This Week’s Bible Reading Plan
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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2 Chronicles 6
Solomon, after blessing the people, knelt before the altar and prayed a prayer of dedication to God. In this prayer, he contrasts God’s faithfulness with our tendency to wander. He cries out, “There is no God like you, in heaven or on earth keeping covenant” and then pleads with God that he hears their prayers of repentance when they stray and disobey His commands. Solomon foresaw the disobedience, and even exile of the Israelites and calls on God’s faithfulness to his covenant, knowing that after a season of discipline they would return to him seeking forgiveness for their unfaithfulness.
Solomon was able to call on God’s faithfulness with confidence because he could trust in the covenant God had made to his forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He was able to look back on the many times his people had been unfaithful to God and had experienced the consequences for their actions. He knew when they returned to God in sincere repentance and sorrow for their sin, God faithfully kept his promise to forgive and restore. God’s faithfulness isn’t contingent on our ability to keep a perfect track record of obedience. His faithfulness is contingent upon his promise to forgive us and cleanse us. Is there an area of your life where you know you’ve been unfaithful to God? Perhaps you feel like you’ve been in a season of “exile”, but you want to be welcomed back into a close and fulfilling relationship with God. He is faithful to his promise to forgive and restore. All you need to do is call out to him in sincere repentance. He will forgive you! He loves you! He will restore you. Take some time today to kneel before him in prayer and ask him to forgive you, cleanse you, and make you new, then share with us below so we can rejoice with you.
2 Chronicles 7
God appears to Solomon once again with a promise and a warning. He promises to answer Solomon’s prayer for restoration when his people are unfaithful and come under discipline. However, he follows this promise with a strong warning to Solomon to remain faithful and serve him alone as God. He promises to reward his faithfulness by establishing his throne but warns him that there will be calamity if he begins to serve other gods.
There is a tendency at times to want to place a greater emphasis on God’s promise of forgiveness and restoration than on his expectation of our obedience. God promises to answer Solomon’s prayer for forgiveness and restoration when Israel sins but ends the chapter with a solemn warning that if Solomon, as the country’s leader, was unfaithful, it would have far-reaching consequences for the whole country. Do you pray for your country’s leaders on a regular basis? They need God’s divine wisdom, as their decisions have far-reaching effects beyond their own borders. Take some time today to pray a prayer of blessing for your country’s leaders; that God will give them divine wisdom and understanding and that his people would come together in unity and humble repentance so that healing restoration can be poured out on your land!
2 Chronicles 8
King Solomon carefully built the house of God according to all of the instructions his father King David had laid out. He was also careful to bring all the appointed sacrifices and observe all the feasts. He was diligent to appoint the priests and Levites according to their specific purpose. Everything was done just exactly as was commanded and the priests and Levites did exactly as they were commanded by King Solomon. But was it enough?
We learn in other books of the Bible that although Solomon carefully did what he was commanded to do, he had a flaw. We read that he was taking the daughter of Pharaoh for his wife. The problem was she was unholy and unable to live in the dwelling Solomon had built because the ark of the Lord had been there. This moral flaw of Solomon’s would prove to be his downfall. We can check all of the appropriate boxes in serving God, but if we fail to surrender even one part of our life to God, it will lead us astray. Is there an area of your life that you have not yet surrender to God? Perhaps you have already seen how this one area has become a wall between you and the Lord. Respond now, don’t wait. Take some time today to kneel before God and surrender to him that area of your life.
2 Chronicles 9
The queen of Sheba had heard about Solomon’s great wisdom and wealth and came to see for herself if it was as she had heard. She quickly discovered that, in fact, it much greater than she had heard. Solomon’s wisdom and abundant wealth took her breath away. She recognized that God’s delight in Solomon had resulted in him becoming the wisest and richest king on earth. But sadly, King Solomon’s reign lasted only 40 years.
God had promised to lengthen his days and establish the throne of his kingdom; but this promise came with a condition that Solomon walk in the ways of the Lord and keep his commands and statutes. Unfortunately, Solomon’s weakness for women led him to take 1,000 wives, many of whom were pagan and led him into idolatry and impurity. Not long after his death, we see a quick decline and division of Israel. He himself had warned in Proverbs 4:23 that we should protect our hearts with all diligence because from it springs our source of life. Have you been careful to guard your heart? Have you allowed the Holy Spirit freedom to reveal areas in your heart that are vulnerable to darkness? What can you learn from Solomon’s life about the importance of placing a guard over our hearts?
2 Chronicles 10
Solomon has died and his son Rehoboam has become king. However, there were problems right from the start. King Rehoboam consulted with elders that had served his father Solomon, then consulted with his peers. He chose to reject the wise advice given to him by the elders and instead chose to listen to his peers, which led to a rebellion in Israel and a division of the kingdom. Rehoboam’s kingdom now consists of only the southern tribes of Benjamin, Judah, and Levi and is renamed Judah, while the remaining ten northern tribes of Israel have split and made Jeroboam king.
Before Rehoboam had consulted with his peers, he had already chosen not to listen to the elders who had served King Solomon. In other words, King Rehoboam chose to surround himself with yes men who would give him the advice he wanted to hear. Refusing to heed wise counsel always leads us on a path to destruction. But the verse says, “…for it was a turn of affairs brough about by God that the Lord might fulfill his word.” God had already warned Solomon of the consequences of not doing all that God had commanded. What is the last thing God has commanded you to do? Have you done that thing, or have you set it aside for now? If we want to walk in God’s blessing, we must be faithful to do all that he commands. Share below the last thing that God has told you to do, and if you haven’t yet begun walking that out, pray a prayer of commitment to God and purpose to begin today.
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