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IS NO GOD LIKE YOU
March 11, 2018
SCRIPTURE: 2 Chronicles 6:12-21
KEY VERSE: Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. (2 Chronicles 6:15)
INSIGHT: As you read this Bible study remember,† ďItís a BIG God and a LITTLE you!Ē Now, letís see what the writer of the Chronicles has to say.
∑ The Books of 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles.
The writer of 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles is unknown; some think it was the Prophet Ezra, but no one knows for sure.
In the Hebrew Bible Chronicles is ONE BOOK. But in our Christian Bible, it is divided into TWO BOOKS, 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles.
(1) In 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles we are getting Godís viewpoint. (2) In the Books of Samuel and the Books of Kings we were given manís viewpoint.
This does not mean that those books were not inspired. They are inspired. But the Lord gives first the human viewpoint, then the divine view point. And the emphasis is on King David. Where did King David put the emphasis? He put it on the building of the Temple of God.
∑ In 1 Chronicles itís all about King David.
Davidís genealogy is given in 1 Chronicles because the Messiah would come from the family of David. (The New Testament tells us that the Messiahís name is Jesus Christ.) Also, Davidís desire was to build a Temple to Jehovah God in Jerusalem.
∑ In 2 Chronicles Jerusalemís Temple came into being.
The building of the Temple was King Davidís idea, but the Lord would not allow David to build the Temple. Now in 2 Chronicles King Solomon is going to get busy.
We see that at the conclusion of 1 Chronicles that David had (1) assembled all the material for the Temple, (2) had arranged for the manpower, (3) had given encouragement to the leaders of the nation Israel and to the people, (4) organized the service of the Temple, (5) provided all the money, and (6) told Solomon to get busy.
INSIGHT: 1 Chronicles 22:8 sheds some light on Godís decision not to allow David to build the Temple: ďYou have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight.Ē Davidís background of shedding blood in times of war was the Lordís reason for choosing Davidís son instead (see also 1 Chronicles 28:3). The Lord wanted a man of peace to construct the Temple, not a man of war. His house was to be ďa house of prayer for all nationsĒ (Isaiah 56:7).
∑ In 2 Chronicles we will find two major themes.
(1)The first theme is the building of the Temple. (2) The second theme is revival. This book covers chronologically the same period as the Books of Kings but gives a different emphasis.
INTRODUCTION: In 2 Chronicles THE FIRST NINE CHAPTERS are given over to the reign of King Solomon.
Six of those chapters are concerning the building of the Temple. It is pretty evident where God is putting the emphasis. The building of the Temple was Solomonís greatest accomplishment.
People always think of King Solomon in regards to all the wives that he had. That was quite a feat -- no question about it -- but it is not where God puts the emphasis.
INSIGHT: Concerning his many wives, Solomon was out of the will of God! Solomon did not get by with doing wrong. Sin always brings judgment. It doesnít matter who it is that commits the sin, it will bring judgment. Solomonís having many wives was contrary to the will of God, and that was a factor which brought about the division of the kingdom of Israel.
I. GODíS FULFILLMENT OF HIS PROMISES. (2 Chronicles 6:12-17)
INSIGHT: In 2 Chronicles 6:12-21 King Solomon asked the Lord to fulfill the covenant promises He had made with King David. The covenant included the coming into this world of the Son of David (our Savior Jesus Christ), who was born of the house of David. Now, letís study Solomonís wonderful prayer of dedication. This was written concerning Israel, but there are many applications for Christians too.
A. Solomon got down on his knees.
(2 Chronicles 6:12Ė13) And he stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands: For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven.
If you are wondering about the proper posture for prayer, Solomon kneeled down. On your knees is a fitting posture for a creature in the presence of his Creator. Today some still do get on their knees to pray, but it is also acceptable to just bow your head and pray.
B. Solomon praised the Lord with thanksgiving.
(2 Chronicles 6:14-15) And said, O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
Solomon begins with thanksgiving. That is a good place for us to start, too.
He is thanking God because He is the Creator and because of His mercy and His faithfulness. In His grace He had moved into the heart of David, into the nation, and into the heart and life of Solomon.
In our day a great many Christians need an experience with God. It seems that they are satisfied to stand off and stiff-arm the Lord. They keep Him at a distance, yet they say, ďYes, Iím a Christian.Ē Friends, letís have a close relationship with our God and real fellowship with Him.
C. Solomon was obedient to Godís word.
(2 Chronicles 6:16-17) Now therefore, O Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me. Now then, O Lord God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.
Solomonís very position as king attested to Godís having fulfilled His promise (see 2 Chronicles 6:10). But portions of Godís promise depended on Israel obeying Godís law. Only if Davidís sons took heed to their way would they enjoy the full benefits of Godís favor.
So Solomon prayed that his people, Israel, would stay faithful. God would be faithful to them -- would they be faithful to Him? No matter what their choice, however, God would carry out his ultimate plan to send the Messiah (Jesus Christ) (see Psalm 89:30Ė37).
II. GODíS ABIDING, FORGIVING PRESENCE. (2 Chronicles 6:18-21)
A. The Temple was a place for people to meet God.
(2 Chronicles 6:18) But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!
This is an important verse. Certainly neither Solomon nor the nation of Israel had any notion of ďboxing God inĒ when they built a Temple for Him. Rather the Temple was to be a meeting place between God and man.
B. The Temple was a house of prayer.
(2 Chronicles 6:19-20) Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee. That thine eyes may be upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place.
Solomon is saying, ďListen to my prayer and my plea, O Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you. May you watch over this Temple day and night, this place where you have said you would put your name. May you always hear the prayers I make toward this place.Ē
You see, this Temple was the place where man and women could meet God. It was the resolution of the tension between God being high and lifted up above all His creation (see Isaiah 6:1-4) and His nearness to each one of us.
C. The Temple gave the people access to God.
(2 Chronicles 6:21) Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.
The Temple was to become the very center of the life of the nation Israel. The Temple was Godís dwelling place in the sense that it gave Godís people Israel a place to pray to the living God. Yet God could NOT be contained within the four walls of a building (see 2 Chronicles 6:18).
The God Above All Gods
By Kirsten Holmberg
And the [Temple] which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods. -- 2 Chronicles 2:5
∑ My husband recently celebrated a milestone birthday, the kind that ends in a zero.
I thought hard about the best way to honor him on this important occasion. I discussed my many ideas with our children to help me home in on the best one. I wanted our celebration to reflect the significance of a new decade and how precious he is to our family. I wanted our gift to be in keeping with the importance of this milestone in his life.
∑ King Solomon wanted to give to God a much greater gift than a ďbig birthdayĒ would merit.
He wished for the Temple he built to be worthy of Godís presence in it. To secure raw materials, he messaged the king of Tyre. In his letter, he remarked that the Temple would be great because ďgreat is our God above all godsĒ (2 Chronicles 2:5). He acknowledged that Godís vastness and goodness far exceeded what could ever be built with human hands, yet Solomon set about the task anyway out of love and worship.
∑ Our God is indeed greater than all other gods.
The Lord has done wondrous things in our lives, prompting our hearts to bring Him a loving and precious offering, regardless of its external value. Solomon knew his gift wouldnít match Godís worth, yet joyfully set his offering before Him; we can too.
Lord, You are indeed a great God,
matchless in worth. May my offerings
be pleasing in Your sight.
†-- Adapted from Kirsten Holmberg (Whatís the Best Gift?), Our Daily Bread, November 12, 2017
CONCLUSION: The day of dedication of the Jerusalem Temple has come, and King Solomon in his dedication address and prayer looked in several different directions. May you and I do the same in regards to our lives.
∑ King Solomon looked BACK (2 Chronicles 6:1Ė11): Solomon recalled how the Lord chose him to build the Temple.
∑ King Solomon looked UP (2 Chronicles 6:12Ė21): Solomon asked the Lord to fulfill the covenant promises He had made with David. The covenant included the coming into this world of the Son of David, the Lord Jesus Christ, who was born of the house of David.
∑ King Solomon looked AHEAD (2 Chronicles 6:22Ė31): Solomon asked the Lord to help his people Israel in various trials of life, particularly to forgive them when they sinned. Coming to the Temple, or looking toward the Temple, and praying to the Lord would bring them forgiveness. In 2 Chronicles chapter 6, there are numerous references to prayer. Let us remember to pray!
∑ King Solomon looked AROUND (2 Chronicles 6:32Ė35): The king called on the Lord to help the Gentiles. The Temple was to be ďa house of prayer for all nationsĒ (Isaiah 56:7); The Lordís desire was that Israel bring blessing to the entire world (Genesis 12:1Ė3).
∑ King Solomon looked WITHIN (2 Chronicles 6:36Ė40): Solomon ended his prayer by pleading for forgiveness for sinning Israel. Solomonís words must have been very meaningful to the Jews taken captive to Babylon four centuries later.
∑ King Solomon ASKED the Lord to bless everybody present (2 Chronicles 6:41Ė42): (1) the priests, (2) the people, and (3) himself as the Lordís anointed king. But any blessing that came would result from the Lordís MERCY and the Lordís PROMISES to David.
The Jerusalem Temple is gone, but the record of that great day of dedication remains to encourage and bless the Lordís people. If you read this chapter again, notice the promises you can claim today.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: ďThe most treasured gift we can give to God is our love.Ē
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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 Believerís Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Robersonís Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinsonís Bible Outlines, Womenís Study Bible, The Bible Readerís Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbeís Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinsonís Bible Outlines, Wiersbeís Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carrís The Sermon Notebook ( www.sermonnotebook.org ), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbeís ďBeĒ Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.
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