2 Chronicles 3 - Day 608 (link to reading)
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 3:3-4
Observation: After years of planning, securing materials, skilled craftsmen, and general laborers, Solomon began to build the Temple of the Lord.
Application: The temple was 90 feet long and 30 feet wide, so it was about 2700 sq ft. The Most Holy Place was 30 feet wide and 30 feet deep. Huh. Our modest home has a 2400 sq ft floor plan with about 750 sq feet dedicated to the living/dining area. In perspective, the temple wasn't large, but it was impressively grand because YHWH was there.
Prayer: The heavens and the earth cannot contain You, Lord...
2 Chronicles 2 - Day 607 (link to reading)
Observation: Solomon prepares to build the temple for the Ark of God.
Application: The purpose of the house Solomon is building for God is "to burn fragrant incense before Him and to set out the showbread continually, and to offer burnt offerings morning and evenings..." These were the necessary things God required of Israel under the Mosaic law to take away sin. However, Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the law and established a new covenant of grace, so by faith in him, we are cleansed by his blood and have access to God. Alleluia!
Prayer: Holy, Holy, Holy are You, Lord Almighty...
2 Chronicles 1 - Day 606 (link to reading)
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 1:7
Summary (gotquestions.org): The Book of 2 Chronicles records the history of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, from the reign of Solomon to the conclusion of the Babylonian exile. The decline of Judah is disappointing, but emphasis is given to the spiritual reformers who zealously seek to turn the people back to God. Little is said about the bad kings or of the failures of good kings; only goodness is stressed. Since 2 Chronicles takes a priestly perspective, the Northern Kingdom of Israel is rarely mentioned because of her false worship and refusal to acknowledge the Temple of Jerusalem. Second Chronicles concludes with the final destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple...The reader of the Chronicles is invited to evaluate each generation from the past and discern why each was blessed for their obedience or punished for their wickedness. But we are also to compare the plight of these generations to our own, both corporately and individually.
Application: God asked Solomon, "What do you want?" and he asked for wisdom. However, wisdom wasn't enough to dissuade Solomon from wandering away from God and chasing after idols. Huh.
Prayer: Lord, please give me heart for You. Increase my desire to know, serve, and represent You more...
2 Peter 3 - Day 605 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: 2 Peter 3:3-9
Observation: Peter warns the church that there will be doubters who will try their best to convince you that you are wasting your time and energy in following Christ.
Application: There will always be naysayers who will try to dissuade you from pursuing your goals, even within the church. We are responsible to obey Christ, not to convince the scoffers. As we love God, love one another, and teach others to do the same, our actions will speak louder than our words.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for being patient with me.
2 Peter 2 - Day 604 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: 2 Peter 2:19-22
Observation: Peter exposes the false teachers who abuse their powers for personal gain.
Application: We are slaves to whatever controls us, which is revealed by where we spend our money and our time. Sadly, there are people within our churches who "get tangled up and enslaved by sin again" and instead of repenting, they choose to wallow in their self-destruction. Be wary of their motives and firmly love them with truth and grace.
Prayer: Lord, have mercy on us...
Husband, Father, Pastor....
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