Monday, January 12, 2015

Misc Bible Reading Comments 2 Chronicles and Isaiah

1 Chronicles 6.41 "Now therefore arise, O LORD God, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your might; let Your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation and let Your godly ones rejoice in what is good.
I am thinking about the expression "ark of Your strength." I have generally thought of the ark in terms of mercy, salvation, and a point of god's "presence," so strength is a new association I am ruminating on today. 

2 Chron 7.12 " Then the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: "I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice."
So not JUST a house of prayer, but a house of 'sacrifice.' cf. Hebrews 13.15-16. I'm thinking today about how that broadens the idea.  

Are your 'servants' happy when they work for you? 2 Chron 9.7-8

2 Chronicles 12.1 is a verse that makes you groan and say, "What WERE you thinking!?" And makes you take careful stock of yourself when you are on top of things.
" Now it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself, that he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel along with him."

A good word for Sunday morning.
"And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Obed, the prophet, he took courage..." 2 Chronicles 15.8

1. Thinking about what make holiness beautiful. 2 Chronicles 20.21
2. "...allied himself with Ahaziah..." Here we go again. This may give a hint what was behind the alliance with Ahab. 2 Chronicles 20.35-37

Jehoshaphat' son, Jehoram: "...and to no one's sorrow he departed."
What a sad dismal end to a wicked life and rule. I am going to be praying for my sons today and thinking about what I still need to do to encourage conditions for them to succeed.  

2 Chronicles 26-28
1) 26.16 should be required memory and meditation work for every man over 40 (sometimes earlier). "But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction...
2) I wonder how/why "still the people acted corruptly" even though Jotham did what was right, etc...
3) I would like to recommend naming sons born in this era in the States Azariah, Berechiah, Jehizkiah, and Amasa, and then pray to God they would have the same effect on this country that their namesake did on Israel.

1. Jehoiada's last words as he was treacherously stoned in the temple? "The Lord look on and repay!" Hmmmm...
2. 2 Chron. 30.2. "When you can't do all you should, do what you can." Verse 18 is another thought provoking verse.
3. 30.12. I am trying to think how often "the hand of God" being on people is mentioned in church growth and management books. Hopefully a lot.
4. 32.24. Ugh. Here we go again. "...his heart was lifted up; therefore wrath was looming..." And Hezekiah was about as good of a king as you will get.
5. I have always struggled to reconcile verses 2 and 12-13.

2 Chron 34.3. Josiah began to seek the Lord when he was 16 and apparently had NO Bible to direct him.

2 Chron. 36.16. "...the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy."
Now that verse is a serious downer. I guess that at some point when His own nation has rejected Him for so long and with such vigor it's just too late. 

Isa. 6.1. "...the year that King Uzziah died..."
I am wondering if thee is any connection between the Lord sitting on a throne in the temple being dated by the death of a king that contracted leprosy for trying to burn in incense in the Temple.

I'm thinking today about what it means to "weary God." (Isa. 7.13; Cf. Mal. 2.17). The general idea seems to be when we go along with our lives acting as if God can't or won't act, we make Him tired. There is a difference between looking for God to act and "testing God." Lord, help me to invigorate You with living faith today!

Isaiah 8-12
1. Isa. 8.12-13 is a good word for all of you conspiracy theorists.
2. ch. 9: Part of God's punishment of Israel is that they would devour each other. Maybe divisiveness is not the problem, but punishment for the real problem.
3. ch. 11: In "that day" 1) The gentiles will seek Christ. 2) Israel and Judah will be gathered together and dominate the nations around them. 3) Israel will draw from the well of salvation and praise the Lord and make Him known. "That day" will be a great "day."


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