Insights on Today's Reading
2 Chronicles 6 - Solomon gives a brief sermon explaining David's desire to build a house for the Lord and the Lord's decision to have Solomon do so. Then Solomon knelt on a raised platform and lifted his arms and eyes to heaven to pray and ask God to listen to the prayers that would be directed toward the Temple. This should be understood that the people were not treating the Temple as some kind of idol. They were to recognize that God was using the Holy of Holies as His dwelling place among His people. Wherever the people of Israel were they were to turn towards the Temple and pray because they were turning towards God.
2 Chronicles 7 - God confirmed His pleasure in His Temple and in the sacrifices of His people. He promised that He would indeed hear and answer the prayers of His people when they cried out to Him. He promised them, in verse 14, that if they would ever depart from following Him and get into trouble as a result they could call on Him and when they turned from their wicked ways, God would bless them and heal their land. Does that still hold true today? Think about that in light of Philippians 3:20. I'll comment more on that in the future.
Psalm 136 - Here's a Psalm unlike most. It has the same refrain at the end of every verse. Depending on what version of the Bible you're using the refrain will either say, "For His mercy endures forever" or "His faithful love endures forever" or some related wording. It's God's way of reminding us that He means what He says, His mercy and love will always be there for His people. Remember that through all the trials and blessings you face.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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