One day God will save Israel. They will confess that Jesus Christ is Jehovah-Lord, and God will bring them back to the land of Israel as a saved nation of believers.
Solomon's dedication of the House of God and prayer for the dispersed remnant in 2 Chronicles 6:24-27
If Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and they return to You and CONFESS YOUR NAME, and pray and make supplication before You in this house, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You have given to them and to their fathers. When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and CONFESS YOUR NAME, and turn from their sin when You afflict them; then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and Your people Israel, indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. And send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people for an inheritance.
The *Prayer of the Remnant of Israel during the Tribulation in Isaiah 26:13:
O LORD our God, other masters besides You have ruled us;
But through You alone we CONFESS YOUR NAME.
*One commentator says of Isaiah 26:7-19: "Verses 7-19 seem to rehearse the prayers of the remnant when passing through the Tribulation."
Paul writing about the eventual confession of Israel for salvation in Romans 9-11 records in 10:9:
that if you CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH JESUS AS LORD, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…
Men and women gave their lives to build Moses' tabernacle and Solomon's temple.
It was a good work. Their work was blessed with the glory of God, but the glory of the tent and the temple are gone. Their work was temporary. Today we work for a glory that is eternal. The end of our work is eternal glory.
We are not better than the people of Moses' or Solomon's day. I do not know why God has chosen us for the better work, but He has. We are blessed beyond all blessing. If men and women gave their lives for fading glory, how should we work today for an eternal weight of glory?
Exodus 40:33-35 At the completion of Moses' tabernacle (tent), glory filled they tent!
Thus Moses finished the work. Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
2 Chronicles 5:13-14 At the completion of Solomon's temple, glory filled the house!
…and when they praised the LORD saying, "He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting," then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.
Ephesians 5:25-27 At the completion of the Church we will be filled with glory.
…that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
2 Corinthians 4:17 The glory of the church will not be temporary. It will be eternal.
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.
Work! Do not give up when the work gets hard. The next step may be a step to heaven. The next sight may be a sight of the Savior Himself. The next sound may be the call to glory.
Exodus 25:20 The Cherubim in the tent or tabernacle
The cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings and facing one another; the faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the mercy seat.
2 Chronicles 3:11-13 The Cherubim in the temple
The wingspan of the cherubim was twenty cubits; the wing of one, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and its other wing, of five cubits, touched the wing of the other cherub. The wing of the other cherub, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house; and its other wing of five cubits was attached to the wing of the first cherub. The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits, and they stood on their feet facing the main room.
The cherubim have changed! From gazing at the mercy seat to looking east toward the holy place, its veil and the door and the gate. Also from wings that covered the mercy seat in the tent now spread from the center of the room to the wall of the holiest of holies. Perhaps the original cherubim are still on the mercy seat also still gazing down also.
The symbolism changes from tent to temple. The temple does not move with the people of God. The tent moved with God's people in their journeys in the wilderness. The temple looked ahead to the second coming of Jesus Christ to reign in one place on earth and the tabernacle (tent) looked forward to the first coming of Christ tenting among his people. Jesus says, "And, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
In the tent, the eyes of the each cherub are occupied with the blood on the seat and marveling at the redemption of God in the blood of Jesus Christ. Today all the angels crowd around the Mercy Seat (1 Peter 1:12) to learn and marvel at the grace of God. Christian should do the same. We also should remember our Savior and be always wondering at the redemption in His blood. It is our main job in life.
In the temple the cherubim look to the coming king. In symbol redemption is complete, and now the king is ready to reign. The King will return from the east and rule from His temple in Jerusalem. His glory and holiness now touch not only the mercy seat but the entire house of God from wall to wall. Indeed His glory will overspread not just His temple, but the entire earth (Isa 6:3)!
"Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory."
Our main job today is to marvel at the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, His work, His blood! In the bread and the wine we have the symbols of his death. There is no crown set on the remembrance table. But how can we not look ahead to His reign, because we will reign with Him?! One day we will see the King in His glory and we will share in His glory.
My reading today is in 2 Chronicles. Solomon is preparing to build a house for God.
2 Chronicles 2:5-6 Solomon is building
The house which I am about to build will be great, for greater is our God than all the gods. But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense before Him?
1 Corinthians 3:10-11 Paul is building. We are building.
According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
If God is greater than all gods, then this house that we are building is the only house in history that is greater than the builder. We are building today a house for God on the immovable foundation of Jesus Christ.
We should be careful. We should fear. There are consequences (rewards and losses). We should give what the Founder gave, our entire life for the work. We should have great joy. We have been allowed by God to be a part of an eternal work.
2 Chronicles 2:1
"Now Solomon decided [literally "said"]
to build a house for the name of the LORD..."
Thoughts come and thoughts go; but clothe your thoughts with words, deliver them with your lips,
and those same thoughts become concrete decisions upon which actions are built.
There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Just because you can do something, does not mean you should do it.
2 Chronicles 1:12,14
"And I [God] will give you [Solomon] riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed nor those who will come after you"… Solomon amassed chariots and horsemen. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen.
We have opportunities to do many things. God gave Solomon money to do whatever was in his heart, but Solomon chose something that was not in God's heart. He accumulated horses and chariots. God warned Israel not to accumulate horses and chariots. People who multiply chariots for war, trust in chariots and not God; and they fear whoever has the most horses, instead of fearing God.
When a door of opportunity opens, do not rush through it. Pray about it, seek God in His word, and even ask a trusted friend in Christ. Then by faith either say yes or no. Sometimes "no" will be the better answer. Sometimes "yes."
Thank God and praise God every morning and evening.
1 Chronicles 23:30
They [the Levites] are to stand every morning to thank and to praise the LORD, and likewise at evening,
Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.
Consider it your duty as a priest; consider it your privilege to thank God.
Thank God = accept everything that God has done as good. Put the bad and the good together in one basket, and offer it back to God as an offering of thanksgiving. Look past the present pain to the future benefit for each detail of life.
The good thing about the bad things is that we never forget them. Bad things repeatedly come back to our thinking like a sore tooth. The pain and hurt is a frequent reminder to offer it back to God as an offering of thanksgiving.
What is the bad thing about good things? We quickly forget good things. It takes work to remember the good things God has done for us and all the good things God is doing for us. We are lazy, but if we work to remember and thank God; God will be pleased and our hearts will be changed.
If Jesus is your Savior, you are a priest. Thank and praise God morning and evening and in the middle.
1 Chronicles 22:5-6 David Charges Solomon
David said, "My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore now I will make preparation for it." So David made ample preparations before his death. Then he called for his son Solomon, and charged him to build a house for the LORD God of Israel.
David gave his son the materials to succeed. He charged him to do the work. He raised Solomon to be a servant of God for a great and eternal work.
2 Timothy 2:1-2; 4:1-2 Paul Charges Timothy
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also…I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
Paul raised Timothy as a son and as a servant of God. He gave him the materials to succeed. He charged him to do to a great and eternal work.
David and Paul did not live trivial lives, and they did not expect their sons to live trivial lives. Trivial means "of little value or importance." They did not raise their sons to live for Self! Both fathers wore themselves out for the kingdom of God, and they prepared their sons to do the same thing.
Are you charging your children to work for God? Are persuading them that they are caught up in a great eternal work for God? Are you laying up materials for their success, or are you preparing them for nothing? By your preparation, what is ahead for your children, a life of eternal purpose or a life of trivial pursuit?
To Him [Jesus Christ] who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood
Are you a priest?
Every Christian is a priest, because every real Christian is washed and released from sin by the blood of Jesus. A real Christian no longer needs another person to go to God for him because all the distance between him and God has been erased by Jesus' blood.
Believers are not close to God they are in God and God is in them! That is why we praise God and give Him the glory and the rule eternally. We are made priests so that we can live in the presence of God and offer spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Chronicles 21:24 King David
But King David said to Ornan, "No, but I will surely buy it for the full price; for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, or offer a burnt offering which costs me nothing."
Mark 12:43-44 A Poor Widow
Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on."
2 Corinthians 8:1-2 A Poor Church in Macedonia
Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality.
Romans 12:1 You
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
What has it cost you to give yourself and your things to God?
For me to live is Christ.