Solomon continues praying.
Give close attention to what Solomon says…why he says it…
2 Ch 6:28-31
“If there is famine in the land,
if there is pestilence,
if there is blight or mildew,
if there is locust or grasshopper,
if their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities,
whatever plague or
whatever sickness there is,
whatever prayer or supplication is made by any man or by all Your people Israel,
each knowing his own affliction and his own pain, and spreading his hands toward this house,
then hear from heaven Your dwelling place,
and render to each according to all his ways,
whose heart You know for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men,
that they may fear You,
to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which You have given to our fathers.
Look at the things Solomon mentions…
If any of these things…and I suspect they are not meant to be the totality of the list…
Then what are the people to do?
- Any man
- The people
- Spreading hand toward the House of the Lord - the Temple.
What did Solomon request?
- Hear - from heaven Your dwelling place
- Render - to each according to all his ways
- That they might fear the Lord
- That they might walk in the ways of the Lord
Fear the Lord.
Walk by faith.
Reject the foolishness of fear.
“Heavens Are Shut Up”
Solomon continues to pray.
Another “If/then” statement…but, this time “when/then”.
The Lord was telling them some things.
2 Ch 6:26-27
“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You,
and they pray toward this place and confess Your name,
and turn from their sin when You afflict them;
then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and Your people Israel,
indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk.
And send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people for an inheritance.
There would come a time when the people would sin against the Lord.
He would shut up the heavens from them.
There would be no rain.
The Lord tells them what to do.
- Pray toward this place
- Confess the name of the Lord
- Turn from their sin
The Lord would remove the affliction, the affliction that He brought!
The Lord will hear from heaven.
The Lord will forgive their sins.
The Lord will teach them the good way to walk.
The Lord will send rain on the land the Lord had given as an inheritance.
The Lord’s land…
There are some things for us to know in this passage.
There are some things for us to do.
He with ears, hear.
He with eyes, see.
Solomon continues to pray to the Lord at the “consecration” of the Temple.
We begin to see a pattern develop in what he is saying.
2 Ch 6:24-25
“If Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You,
and they return to You and confess Your name,
and pray and make supplication before You in this house,
then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel,
and bring them back to the land which You have given to them and to their fathers.
Many (most/all?) of these “if” statements are prophetic of things to come.
“If Israel is defeated before an enemy…”
They would be.
What were they to do?
Return to the Lord.
Confess the name of the Lord.
Make supplication before the Lord in that house…the Presence of the Lord.
All before the Lord.
What would God do?
Hear from heaven.
Forgive the sin of the people-Israel.
Bring them back to the land He had given them.
Oh how we need to grasp these principles, especially Believers in the the New Covenant.
The Lord will hear.
The Lord will forgive.
The Lord will heal the land.