The State of Our Church and Convention from Where I Sit
II Chronicles 7:12-16
June 28, 2009
"We see things not as they are, but as we are."
"Times are desperate, but we are not."
"You can teach what you know but you can only reproduce who you are."
"If you don't see it before you see it, you will never see it."
"You can't teach people what they already know. It is like pushing a string."
We are told that after Solomon dedicated the Temple to Almighty God and the Ark was brought into the Temple, "the glory of the Lord filled the house of God." (2 Chron. 5:14). The Temple was full of the praises and thanksgiving of the people of God. The Bible says they "were as one" (13), and in that context the "priests could not continue ministering." (14). The true words of worship were simply, "He is good," and "His mercy endures forever."
2 Chronicles 7:12-16 is a record of the second appearance of the Lord in the presence of Solomon. On the first appearance, found in 2 Chron. 1:7-12
" On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, 'Ask! What shall I give you?' And Solomon said to God: 'You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. Now, O LORD God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?' Then God said to Solomon: 'Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life -- but have aske ...
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