July 2020

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Romans Part 4 - Lesson 4

Romans Part 4 - Lesson 4

The Word: Episode 1342 Psalm 119:165-168

"If/Then, Fear/Walk"

July 6, 2020

“If/Then, Fear/Walk”

Blessings folk!!

Solomon continues praying.

Another “if/then”.

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 forgive,
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…

  • Famine
  • Pestilence
  • Blight/mildew
  • Locust/grasshopper
  • Enemies
  • Plague
  • Sickness

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?
  • Prayer
  • Supplication
  • Any man
  • The people
  • Spreading hand toward the House of the Lord - the Temple.

What did Solomon request?
  • Hear - from heaven Your dwelling place
  • Forgive
  • Render - to each according to all his ways

Why?
  • That they might fear the Lord
  • That they might walk in the ways of the Lord

Fear the Lord.
Not man,
Not circumstances.

Walk by faith.

Reject the foolishness of fear.

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The Word: Episode 1341 Psalm 119:161-164

“Heavens Are Shut Up”

July 5, 2020

“Heavens Are Shut Up”

Blessings folk!

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.

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The Word: Episode 1340 Psalm 119:157-160

"If/Then"

July 4, 2020

“If/Then”

Blessings folk!

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.

“If/then”.

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.
Pray.
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.

Return.
Repent.
Confess.
Pray.
Supplicate.

The Lord will hear.
The Lord will forgive.
The Lord will heal the land.


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The Word: Episode 1339 Psalm 119:153-156

“Hear. Act. Judge.”

July 3, 2020

“Hear. Act. Judge.”

Blessings folk!

Solomon continues to pray.

Remember what he had said…

2 Ch 6:21
“Listen to the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel
when they pray toward this place;
hear from Your dwelling place, from heaven;
hear and forgive.

Listen.
Hear.
Forgive.

He then speaks of examples…


 2 Ch 6:22-23
“If a man sins against his neighbor and is made to take an oath,
and he comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this house,

then hear from heaven and act and judge Your servants,
punishing the wicked by bringing his way on his own head and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.

Hear…from heaven.
Act.
Judge…Your servants.

Solomon is asking the Lord to “act and judge Your servants” in matters of sin.
When the people come to “Your altar in this house”, may the Lord determine.

Punishment for the wicked.
Justifying the righteous.
Each receiving that which is due.

Forgot not.
The Lord hears.
The Lord acts.
The Lord judges.


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The Word: Episode 1338 Psalm 119:149-152

“Listen. Hear. Forgive”

July 2, 2020

“Listen. Hear. Forgive”

Blessings folk!

Solomon continues praying…

2 Ch 6:21
“Listen to the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel
when they pray toward this place;
hear from Your dwelling place, from heaven;
hear and forgive.

Solomon request of the Lord - “listen”. “Hear”.

Listen to the supplications of Your servant - the King.
Listen to the supplications of Your people - Israel.

Supplications?

A word we use in religious circles.
We “sorta know what it means”… LOL

In the vernacular of our day it means “to ask for a favor”.
To request “favor”.

Solomon was asking the Lord to grant favor when they prayed “toward this place”.

“Toward this place”?

Yes.

They prayed “toward the Temple”.
The Temple was the Presence of God, even though Solomon readily, and quickly, confirmed the reality that the Lord was elsewhere…

Solomon asked that the Lord would “hear from Your dwelling place, from heaven”.

Solomon, and the people, knew that the Lord dwelt in heaven (heaven…another topic for another time).
They also knew that He made His Presence known in the temple.
They also knew that God was without limit as far as His Presence…omnipresent.

(Interesting truths when we consider that True Believers are the “temple of the Lord&hellipWinking

 1 Co 3:16
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

 1 Co 3:17
If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him,
for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

 1 Co 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,
whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?


Solomon asked the Lord to hear and forgive.

So,
Listen Lord!
Hear Lord!
Forgive Lord!

Live as the temple of the Lord…

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The Word: Episode 1337, Psalm 119:145-149

“Will God Dwell With Mankind…?”

July 1, 2020

“Will God Dwell With Mankind…?”

Blessings folk!

Solomon continues to pray.

Often this prayer is called the “Temple Dedication”, but it is much more than that.

Solomon is acknowledging the attributes of the Lord.
He is recounting the promises of the Lord and how He has fulfilled them.

Read…

2 Ch 6:18-20

“But will God indeed dwell with mankind on the earth?
Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You;
how much less this house which I have built.

“Yet have regard to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplication, O LORD my God,
to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You;

that Your eye may be open toward this house day and night,
toward the place of which You have said that You would put Your name there,
to listen to the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place.

Solomon was declaring a truth that his father David had learned…God will not be held in a box - a building - nor will God be confined to any element of His creation.

We would do well to remember this.

A little side bar…read what David did…

1 Ch 17:1-15

And it came about, when David dwelt in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I am dwelling in a house of cedar,
but the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under curtains.”

Then Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”

It came about the same night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,

“Go and tell David My servant,
‘Thus says the LORD, “You shall not build a house for Me to dwell in;

for I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel to this day,
but I have gone from tent to tent and from one dwelling place to another.

“In all places where I have walked with all Israel, have I spoken a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying,
‘Why have you not built for Me a house of cedar?’”’

“Now, therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts,
“I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader over My people Israel.

“I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a name like the name of the great ones who are in the earth.

“I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and not be moved again; and the wicked will not waste them anymore as formerly,

even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel.
And I will subdue all your enemies. Moreover, I tell you that the LORD will build a house for you.

“When your days are fulfilled that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up one of your descendants after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom.

“He shall build for Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever.

“I will be his father and he shall be My son;
and I will not take My lovingkindness away from him, as I took it from him who was before you.

“But I will settle him in My house and in My kingdom forever,
and his throne shall be established forever.”’”

According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

David’s heart was in the right place, but he has some things to learn about God.

David wanted to build God a house.
Think on that.
Really?

David checked with the prophet Nathan.
Nathan says “yeah, whatever is in your heart, go for it”.

God then correct Nathan that night.
Nathan then went and spoke the Word of the Lord to David.

So many things here.

A king walking in humility when he learns the truth from the Lord.
A prophet walking in humility when he brings the correct Word to the King.
God showing them what He would do in the future.
He would grant David’s desire to build a house, but David’s son would do it.
This is where we find Solomon in 2 Chronicles.

Meditate upon these passages.
Learn.
Allow the Lord to reveal His truth to you.
Live by it.

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