August 15th

2 Chronicles 5-8

  • 5:2-10 – The Ark of the Covenant moving into the temple signified God arriving in the temple.
  • 5:13 – This sounds like a pretty cool job.
  • 6:3-11 – It’s important for us as individuals, but also as the body, to publicly recognize God’s answers to prayer.
  • 6:18-21 – Solomon’s humility and awe of God’s willingness to dwell among people is eye opening. It truly is incredible that God has offered to dwell in this house made by humans among them.
  • 6:22-42 – Solomon pleas with God to hear his people’s various prayers. This seems to be a type of dedicating prayer for the temple.
  • 6:32-33 – These verses aren’t familiar to our cultural point of view. We have always been taught to welcome the outsider into church because we want more people to know Jesus. God’s people, the Israelites, had a much more exclusive mind set. The temple was built by them for them to connect with and worship their God.
  • 7:11-22 – God confirms his pleasure in the temple and Solomon’s having built it. He assures Solomon of his loyalty to him, but also explains the consequences if Solomon is not faithful.
  • 8:8-9 – This is an interesting delineation. Solomon is ok with having slaves from other people groups but refuses to have Israelite slaves. They, instead, become soldiers.
  • 8:17-18 – Solomon and Hiram worked together to control the trade routes through the Mediterranean. This was highly lucrative.

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