In the answering of Solomon’s prayer the LORD God gave the king a Word that is not to be taken lightly. We know that 2 Chronicles 7: 14 in one the Bible’s notable quotable, but we must not say it on the fly nor whim and think it makes us look more Christ-like because we can say it with some authority. Let us remember these are not just the Word of God but the Words from the mouth of the LORD God.
We must start off with King Solomon being pleased after he dedicated the temple and his palace to the LORD with much Praise & Worship and offering up burnt offerings to the God of Israel, verses 1- 11. From verse 12- 22 we have the LORD God giving a promise with a warning and if you will allow me to expound upon certain verses I think we can pull this Word into our lives today.
“I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.” says the LORD in verse 12, if you are Blood Bought Christian than you know this is speaking directing to us. We know that God is faithful in hearing our prayers when we pray in the name of Jesus. When the God said that ‘He has heard your prayer…’, in the Hebrew the prayer is the same as entreaty, supplication and hymn. We must know that our prayers are heard by God in the form of meditation in our prayer closet and singing a hymn of praise.
We have God saying that He has chosen the temple as house of sacrifice, which means that when Israel makes offering to the LORD this is where their God will meet them and hear them. To be chosen in the Hebrew means that you have looked at it from all angles and found it to be acceptable for your purposes. What a wonderful thing for the Creator of all to look at your handy work and think that He finds it acceptable for His Purpose. Now if that ain’t a time to say ‘Hallelujah’ I don’t know of one.
I want us to look at the New Testament for a second to show how we are accepted in the Eye of the God through Christ Jesus. 1 Peter 2: 9, “But you are a CHOSEN race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who CALLED you out of the darkness in the marvelous light;”, the two word of importance are; chosen and called. These two words in the Greek give us a deeper understanding of just who we are in Christ; chosen carries the mind state that we were preferred and picked out of many and called gives the impression of a divine invitation to participate in the blessings of redemption. Don’ miss another time to shout, if we are chosen and called this means that God the Righteous Judge saw us in our sin-filled condition and still said, “There enough desire for Me in this one to redeem for Myself because out of their life I will get Glory.”
Now I want to start at verse 14 but I still want to take my time and let the Word of God’s Mouth minister to our heart. God starts off with another sect of condition that we can’t miss. “If My people, which are called by My name,…” stop. Are you a son of God? Have you been adopted into the Beloved? Are you a Christian: at home, at work, at the bar, catting around with your little side thing, rolling up a fatty? Let’s dip into the Hebrew to get a better look at the phase ‘which are called by My name’. If you have done a little bit of study in the Old Testament you will see that all the nation that were around the Children of Israel knew that their God wasn’t a god to be played with. Everybody knew that the God of Israel brought them out of Egypt with a high hand, held back the waters of the Red Sea, and went to war for them. The problem was Israel had a bad case of amnesia.
To Be Continued