2 Chronicles – Chapter 9

2 chronicles chapter 9

The Queen of Sheba Visits-1 Kings 10:1-13

Verses 1-9 – The Queen of Sheba acknowledged that the reports she had heard about Solomon did not come close to the reality she saw. Even though Solomon had married Pharaoh’s daughter, he tried to follow God at this stage in his life. When people get to know you and ask hard questions, will your response reflect God? Our lives can be a powerful witness.

Verse 11 – Algumwood  was probably sandalwood, a smooth, red-colored wood that accepts a high polish. This wood was extremely expensive.

Verse 12 – Solomon sent home with the Queen, far more wealth than she had brought to him.

Solomon Wealth

Verses 13-16 – Solomon, used slave labor for his building projects and even instituted forced labor among the Israelites that we will see in chapter 10. This was a big no-no. He hoarded the accumulating amount of gold and devised a method of storing it by molding it into shields that covered the walls of his palace.

Verses 17-21 – The person who wrote Chronicles, saw Solomon’s wealth as evidence of God’s blessing (1:12). This description was supposed to demonstrate to the Gentile world the reality of Yahweh’s blessings of His King. But this does not mean that Solomon’s policies, such as those that led to the devaluation of precious metals, were wise over the long haul. The overabundance of silver and gold in Jerusalem probably caused shortage in other lands, and it was only a short time before someone attempted to restore balance (12:9).

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2 Chronicles – Chapter 8

2 chronicles chapter 8

Verse 1 – Building the temple took 7 years and Solomon’s palace took another 13, making a total of 20 years.

Verse 2 – A partial payment from Solomon to Hiram for the building materials consisted of 20 cities. When Hiram went to look at theses cities he realized they were worthless, so he gave them back to him. Solomon had them rebuilt and resettled.

Verse 3 – In David’s time Tou, king of Hamath, had surrendered to David and paid a tribute. When a new government took over, it rebelled against Israel, so Solomon took it over and erected storage facilities there.

Verse 4 – Now all Solomon needed to do to take control of the trade across the Syrian Desert was to claim an oasis located halfway along the caravan route. After doing this, Solomon dominated all the trade to and from Mesopotamia.

Verses 7-9 – God’s strict command to Joshua years before was that all Canaanites were to be eliminated, but the Israelites had not completely followed through until David captured Jerusalem, the last bit of Canaanite owned soil. There were still survivors, and theses people made up Solomon’s slave force for his construction projects.

Verse 11 – Solomon married Pharaoh’s daughter to secure a military alliance with Egypt. Solomon ended up married to many other foreign women, and this was contrary to God’s Law (Deuteronomy 7:3, 4). These women and their pagan beliefs, eventually caused Solomon’s downfall.

Vere 16 – Solomon carefully followed God’s instructions for building the temple and offering sacrifices, but paid no attention to what God had said about marrying pagan women. This began a slide away from God. One surrendered area in our lives can become our downfall also. We are not to give Satan a foot-hold in our lives.

2 Chronicles – Chapter 7

2 chronicles chapter 7

Verses 1, 2 – Fire had descended from Heaven once before in this exact spot where the temple now stood. It had been on the threshing floor of Oran by David (1 Chronicles 21:25). The Glory of the Lord was so bright that no one could stand in His presence (Ezekiel 1:28; 10:4).

Verse 3 – This display of God’s glory was seen by everyone!

Verses 4-6 – The purpose of this dedication was to set apart the temple as a place to worship God. The sacrifice of this many animals took tremendous organization. The offerings were made virtually assembly line style, while the musicians took turns providing background music, just as David had envisioned.

Verse 7 – The altar was not big enough to hold all the sacrifices that day. Solomon consecrated the courtyard for this occasion, and the animals were sacrificed right there on the ground.

Verses 8, 9 – It was not often that entire nations came to one place for a celebration of joy but this was the same time as the “Festival of Booths).

Verse 10 – This celebration lasted three weeks. The people who had traveled, had set up tents for shelter to represent the time of wandering in the wilderness.

Verse 11 – The total time for building the temple, followed by the palace, was 20 years (1 Kings 6:38; 7:1).

Verse 12 – How many times have we prayed and not seen an immediate answer, or think maybe God didn’t hear us? Maybe as long as ten years earlier, Solomon had prayed at Gibeon. Now, God told Solomon He has answered his prayer. God always hears the prayer of His children. His promises are “Yes and Amen!” Rest assured He hears every prayer and an answer is on its way, in His timing. We need to remember, He works everything “Out” for our good.

Verses 13-16 – This answer from God refers to the times when the Israelites had become faithless to God and endured the consequences. In chapter 6, Solomon asked God to make provision for the people when they sinned. God answered with four conditions for forgiveness (1) humble yourself by admitting… (2) asking for forgiveness is a part of admitting we are wrong (3) seek God continually in every aspect of our lives (4) turn from that old way of doing things. Believe right and we will do right. True repentance is more than just talk. We should see a major change in our behavior. This forgiveness is for any person–regardless of race, or geography location. Most people hit rock bottom of their lives and realize that they just can’t live like the way they have been living. Christ died for the World!

Verses 17-22 – Sin is deceptively attractive and Solomon eventually turned from the things of God. He ended up having over 900 concubines and wives, some were very pagan. He even built temples for some. Turning away from God only brings destruction and heartaches in our lives. God’s conditions are as clear as they were in the days of Solomon.

2 Chronicles – Chapter 6

2 chronicles chapter 6

Solomon’s Prayer (1 Kings 8:12-21)

Verses 3-11 – The entire congregation stood as Solomon prayed. Kneeling or standing is an act of reverence. Solomon repeated the familiar story that led up to this point so everyone would understand the grace of God. The Lord had made a promise and now He had fulfilled it.

Verses 12, 13 – It was unusual for a king to kneel before someone else in front of his own people because kneeling meant submitting to a higher authority. His action showed that he acknowledged God as the ultimate King and authority, and it encouraged the people to do the same. Solomon had planned this moment by having a platform erected.

Verses 14-17 – Solomon thanked God for fulfilling the first half of the promise–the temple had been built and the son of David was on the throne. Then he petitioned God to keep the second part of the promise; the perpetual dynasty of Davids descendants as long as they remain faithful.

Verse 18 – Solomon marveled that the temple could contain the power of God and that God would be willing to live on earth among sinful people. We should marvel that God, through His Son, Jesus, lives among us and lived in human form to reveal His eternal purposes to us.

Verses 22, 23 – This first scenario involved a man who had done some wrong and who needed to clear his name or to bring about an end of his punishment by taking an oath in the temple. Solomon didn’t ask that a guilty person would be set free, but that justice would be done.

Verses 24, 25 – The second scenario was one illustrated throughout the rest of 2 Chronicles. It involves the Israelites turning away from God and as a consequence being defeated before an enemy. Solomon asked that when the people had come to their senses and prayed, God would forgive their sins and give them back the land they had lost.

Verse 26 – Why would Solomon assume that drought would come as a result of sin? God had made a specific agreement with the Israelites that drought could be a consequence of their sins (Deuteronomy 28:20-24).

Verses 28-31 – The fourth scenario included a number of disasters. Solomon petitioned God to listen to the prayers by people in the temple. In his prayer, Solomon underscored the fact that God stands ready to hear his people to forgive their sin and to restore their relationship with Him. God hears us when we cry out to Him when we’ve tried to live without Him and come to our senses. We realize it’s the goodness and mercy of God that can restore that relationship. God doesn’t go anywhere, we do.

Verses 32, 33 – In the fifth scenario, Solomon made his request on behalf of every foreigner who might come to the temple to seek God. His prayer was that these foreigners would find their petitions answered, so God’s name would be glorified among those who lived far away.

Verses 34, 35 – In this sixth scenario, Solomon asked God for strength in battle. He was asking “Yahweh’s” help during those times when he had to send the Israelites into war.

Verses 36-39 – “For there is no one who does not sin”–the Bible makes it clear that no one is exempt from sin, not even God’s appointed kings. In the seventh and last scenario, Solomon asked that once the people repented and started to pray in the direction of the temple that the Lord would forgive them and bring them back to their own land.

Verses 41, 42 – Solomon concluded his prayer by asking God to take over the temple so the priest, the godly people, and the anointed king, might rejoice in the nearness of God. He prayed that God would bless Israel for the sake of the loyalty of David, which God did indeed do for Solomon and many generations of Judah’s Kings.

2 Chronicles – Chapter 5

2 chronicles chapter 5

Verses 1-3 – The temple would serve as the only place of worship for all 12 tribes. The temple took seven years to build. The festival in the seventh month was the Feast of Tabernacles, celebrating God’s protection of Israel as they wandered in the desert before entering the promise land. The purpose of Israel’s commitment to God was their trust in his guidance and protection.

Verses 7-9 – More than a century earlier the ark had been in the most holy place of the tabernacle. After that it had changed locations several times, but it had never been returned to its prescribed location in the tabernacle. Now finally the ark of the covenant resumed its proper place in the holy of holies.

Verse 10 – By this time only two tablets with the commandments were in the ark but at one time it contained a pot of manna and Aaron’s rod that had miraculously sprouted (Hebrews 9:4).

Verse 13 – The first service at the temple began with honoring God and acknowledging His presence and goodness in the same way, our worship should begin by acknowledging God’s love. The Bible says to enter His gates with thanksgiving. Praise for God’s love is a big part of being grateful. Then we can present our needs to Him. God’s love and mercy should inspire us to worship Him daily. Psalm 107 is an example of how David recalled God’s enduring love.

2 Chronicles – Chapter 4

2 chronicles chapter 4

Verse 6 – The large reservoir was reserved for the priest, but 10 smaller basins were provided in which to wash the sacrificial animals.

Verse 7 – When God is specific with instructions, they should be followed to the letter. There is a time we can be creative and put forth our own ideas, but not when they alter or contradict specific directions from God, in the Bible.

Verses 11-16 – Although the articles we use to aid our worship have changed, the purpose of worship remains the same–to give honor and praise to God.

Verse 22 – These instructions also served as a manual to the original readers of 2 Chronicles, those who would rebuild a new temple on its original site (Ezra 3:8-6:15) after Solomon’s temple was destroyed by the Babylonians (2 Kings 25).