No stories. Gotta work out! :) Time spent elsewhere today......and hey....it's not noon before I get this done today!!!
Chapter 6 I love this! I love verse 13!! The king is kneeling before the King!! Solomon knows who he is and who God is!! His perspective is right....is ours? Do we limit God? Do we let God be God?? Solomon has kneeled before God....in Hebrew this work for kneel is that which indicates a close connection between bowing the knee and receiving a blessing. I've never been a kneeler in prayer...but with this definition in mind, we understand why kneeling is a meaningful position in prayer........can't you wait for the day....when ALL believers and unbelievers alike will kneel before Jesus....the eternal King!!! Solomon's prayer reminds us to continue wholeheartedly in the Lord's way.
One phrase in Solomon's dedicatory prayer indicates that the people are to pray facing the direction of the Temple. Today...the Jewish people still visit the remaining wall that is left of the Temple....and face it....the wailing wall as we know it. When they prayer toward the temple, it helps them focus on the one true God.
Chapter 7 His love endures forever...........Solomon has finished the temple and even his own palace and has dedicated the temple. Now the Lord appears to Solomon in the middle of the night. He tells Solomon in verse 14 that, "if my people, who are called by my names, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." This is a recipe, if you will, of blessing and renewal.....ingredients: humility, prayer, commitment, and repentance. Can you cook this up? Are these ingredients in YOUR pantry?
Chapter 8 After building the temple and palace (taking 20 years to do it!) Solomon starts rebuilding towns and cities. ...these are his building projects.
Tomorrow: 2 Chron. 9-12