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SCRIPTURE: 2 Chronicles 7:12-22
KEY VERSE: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
INTRODUCTION: The presence of God's glory in the temple and the coming of fire from heaven to consume the sacrifices assured Solomon that his prayer had been heard and was accepted by the Lord. But there would not always be that same splendor of glory in the temple, nor would fire from heaven consume every sacrifice. So the Lord spoke His Word to Solomon, because "the Word of the Lord endures forever" (1 Peter 1:25).
I. GOD’S DEALINGS WITH ISRAEL. (2 Chronicles 7:12-16)
A. The House Of The Lord.
(2 Chronicles 7:12-13) And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
As God had done at Gibeon (2 Chronicles 3:4-5), the Lord appeared to Solomon and spoke the Word that he needed to hear. He assured the king that He had heard his prayer and would answer it. His eyes would be on the house Solomon had built and dedicated, and His ears would be alert to hear the prayers of His people.
The people and their king had dedicated the house (i.e., the temple) to the Lord, but now God would sanctify the house and make it His own. (1) God's name was on the temple, (2) God's eyes were watching, and (3) His ears listening. The temple was indeed the house of the Lord.
B. The Real Enemies Of Revival.
(2 Chronicles 7:14) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
1. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says that God was willing to forgive His people when they sinned IF only they would:
· Humble themselves
· Seek God’s face.
· Turn from their sins.
INSIGHT: God has never made a covenant with any other nation other than Israel, but since Christian believers today are God's people and called by His name, we too may claim this promise.
2. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a well-known passage that is often used by preachers to talk about the subject of revival.
It is a revival verse. This word was spoken to King Solomon at the dedication of the temple. He is told by God that disobedience and rebellion will result in judgment upon the nation of Israel. This verse is God's promise that those who turn from their sins; call on Him and walk in His ways will experience a revival of the presence and blessing of the Lord.
INSIGHT: Now, this is a verse to Israel, but it speaks to every generation of every nation as well. Those who meet the conditions detailed in this verse will experience the promises mentioned in this verse.
3. 2 Chronicles 7:14 reveals to us that we need a revival.
We need more than just a meeting or a series of meetings. We need a revival. We need something that we cannot produce by our own efforts. Revival is a supernatural event. It comes only by the sovereign decree of the Lord. We can have a meeting this week, but we cannot have a revival unless the Lord gives it. We cannot produce a revival, but we can meet the requirements set forth in this verse, and that will make revival much more likely.
INSIGHT: The writer of 2 Chronicles speaks of the possibility and the problems associated with revival. While telling us that we CAN HAVE REVIVAL, he also tells us about what can prevent revival.
There are four problems mentioned in this verse that can sabotage and prevent revival from taking place. (1) PRIDE is an enemy of revival. (2) PRAYERLESSNESS is an enemy of revival. (3) PRIORITIES are an enemy of revival and (4) PRESUMPTION is an enemy of revival.
4. 2 Chronicles 7:14 teaches us to listen carefully to what the Bible has to say about this matter of revival.
We need to do whatever we need to do to see that these enemies of revival do NOT hinder us from getting what we need from the Lord. Without a doubt, God’s people today need a revival!
INSIGHT: 2 Chronicles 7:14 is directed to God's people. He says, “If My people, which are called by My name…” This is not a verse to lost people. Lost people do not need revival, they need to be saved! If you are NOT SAVED, you need to come to Jesus Christ, confess your sins and call on Him for your soul's salvation. If you do KNOW THE LORD today, then God has something to say to you from this verse. He will help us, if we will allow Him to.
C. The Lord Is Ready To Help.
(2 Chronicles 7:15) Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
The promise of 2 Chronicles 7:15 was GIVEN to the nation of Israel at the dedication of the temple. Although it has APPLICATION for Christians, it is better for Christians to go to the New Testament and find God’s promises to Christians directly.
INSIGHT: Notice the words, “…prayer that is made in this place.” Yes, the Lord is listening and ready to help His people. But I don’t understand why some people will lift out of context one verse of Scripture and claim it for themselves. This verse was never intended that way.
If you want to follow this particular injunction in 2 Chronicles 7:15, then I suggest you board the next plane to Jerusalem and go to the temple site. You would find that the temple isn’t even there -- the Mosque of Omar is there now. But if you intend to follow this passage, you MUST go to Jerusalem because that is where “this place” is.
D. The Temple Mount Is Sacred.
(2 Chronicles 7:16) For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
If you would stay for a week in a hotel overlooking the temple area, you would get up in the morning, look out of the window and see the temple area. You would be looking at a spot where the LORD is also looking. The temple mount is a spot that is very dear to Him.
II. GOD’S DEALINGS WITH ISRAEL’S KING. (2 Chronicles 7:17-22)
A. The Lord Will Honor.
(2 Chronicles 7:17-18) And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments: Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.
God has promised that in the Davidic line there would not be a time when there would not be a ruler. (There is no ruler around on this earth today who can claim to be in David’s line.) But there is One sitting at God’s right hand right NOW who is in David’s line (the Lord Jesus Christ) and He has been told, “… Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool” (Psalm 110:1). See also Hebrews 10:12–13.
B. The Lord Will Judge.
(2 Chronicles 7:19-20) But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.
Israel and their kings have failed the Lord. The temple area certainly has become a byword today. It is no longer a sacred spot -- the Mosque of Omar stands there. Israel sinned, and God judged them.
C. The People Will Wonder.
(2 Chronicles 7:21) And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and unto this house?
Here is how one pastor described it when he visited Jerusalem: “That place today is where the Mosque of Omar stands. I stood there with several folk overlooking the temple area and one of them raised the question stated in this verse. ‘Why, this is where God’s house was supposed to be, and look at it today. There is heathenism and paganism here as much as there is anywhere on the earth. You’d think that since this is God’s spot He would not permit this kind of thing to happen.’ The pastor answered, ‘Well, my friend, this is exactly what God said would happen.’”
D. The People Will Understand.
(2 Chronicles 7:22) And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.
The pastor in Jerusalem was privileged to tell that individual that the Word of God says very clearly that this would happen because Israel had forsaken the Lord God. That pastor could show the man that God is true to His Word.
INSIGHT: John said concerning Jesus Christ: 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:9-14).
By David C. McCasland
Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the Lord. – 2 Chronicles 34:27
· Josiah became a king when he was 8 years old, a seeker at 16, a reformer at 20, and a humble servant of God at age 26.
His dramatic spiritual growth and leadership resulted from (1) listening to God’s Word and (2) then obeying what he heard.
· While the temple in Jerusalem was being repaired and purified, the long-neglected Book of the Law was found and read aloud to young King Josiah.
When he heard it, he humbled himself, tore his robes, and wept in the presence of God (2 Chronicles 34:19, 27). Josiah realized the enormous sin of those who had led the nation before him, and he decided that deep and lasting change had to begin with him. His public renewal of the covenant and His commitment to follow the Lord and keep His commands ignited a revival that swept the entire nation (2 Chronicles 34: 31-33).
· What’s wrong with our nation today?
Greed? Violence? Indifference toward God? How long has it been sinking into a moral and spiritual quagmire? Are you feeling too young, or too old, or too powerless to do anything about it? Josiah -- seeker, reformer, servant of God, a 20-something king who wept for his people -- has shown us the way.
· Lord, send a revival, and let it begin in me!
Lord, how we need a revival!
Please let it begin in me.
O God, may I seek You and serve You
With love and humility. -- Fitzhugh
-- Adapted from David C. McCasland, Our Daily Bread, August 27, 2000
CONCLUSION: What have we learned from our Bible study today?
· We learned that there are some ENEMIES that must be defeated.
They can be, and if they are, we can experience God's power. God promised Israel that He would “I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” That is a description of revival: God hearing; God cleansing and God working. The word “heal” means “to stitch back together; to repair thoroughly.” That is what we need today!
· We learned that God has EXTENDED an invitation.
(1) Are you “His people”? (If NOT, you need to be saved.), (2) Are the enemies of revival (pride, prayerlessness, misplaced priorities and presumption) active in your life? If they are, you need to get right with God today. (3) Would you like to see God send a real revival? It can happen, but WE MUST MEET GOD’S CONDITIONS.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “To renew your love for Christ, review Christ's love for you.”
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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook ( www.sermonnotebook.org ), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.
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