Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

10 September 2017 Verse of the Day

Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.  (John 16:24 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Jehoshaphat’s Prayer
2Ch 20:1-37  Now it came about after this that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, together with some of the Meunites, came to make war against Jehoshaphat.  (2)  Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).”  (3)  Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  (4)  So Judah gathered together to seek help from the LORD; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the LORD.  (5)  Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD before the new court,  (6)  and he said, “O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.  (7)  “Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?  (8)  “They have lived in it, and have built You a sanctuary there for Your name, saying,  (9)  ‘Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.‘  (10)  “Now behold, the sons of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt (they turned aside from them and did not destroy them),  (11)  see how they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out from Your possession which You have given us as an inheritance.  (12)  “O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”  (13)  All Judah was standing before the LORD, with their infants, their wives and their children.  (14)  Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph;  (15)  and he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.  (16)  ‘Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel.  (17)  ‘You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.”  (18)  Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.  (19)  The Levites, from the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel, with a very loud voice.  (20)  They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.”  (21)  When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”  (22)  When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed.  (23)  For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying them completely; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

The Lord Delivers Judah
(24)  When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude, and behold, they were corpses lying on the ground, and no one had escaped.  (25)  When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including goods, garments and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much.  (26)  Then on the fourth day they assembled in the valley of Beracah, for there they blessed the LORD. Therefore they have named that place “The Valley of Beracah” until today.  (27)  Every man of Judah and Jerusalem returned with Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.  (28)  They came to Jerusalem with harps, lyres and trumpets to the house of the LORD.  (29)  And the dread of God was on all the kingdoms of the lands when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel.  (30)  So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God gave him rest on all sides.  (31)  Now Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.  (32)  He walked in the way of his father Asa and did not depart from it, doing right in the sight of the LORD.  (33)  The high places, however, were not removed; the people had not yet directed their hearts to the God of their fathers.  (34)  Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first to last, behold, they are written in the annals of Jehu the son of Hanani, which is recorded in the Book of the Kings of Israel.

The End of Jehoshaphat’s Reign
(35)  After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel. He acted wickedly in so doing.  (36)  So he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.  (37)  Then Eliezer the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the LORD has destroyed your works.” So the ships were broken and could not go to Tarshish.
 
Jehoram Reigns in Judah
2Ch 21:1-20  Then Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Jehoram his son became king in his place.  (2)  He had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azaryahu, Michael and Shephatiah. All these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.  (3)  Their father gave them many gifts of silver, gold and precious things, with fortified cities in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram because he was the firstborn.  (4)  Now when Jehoram had taken over the kingdom of his father and made himself secure, he killed all his brothers with the sword, and some of the rulers of Israel also.  (5)  Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.  (6)  He walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab did (for Ahab’s daughter was his wife), and he did evil in the sight of the LORD.  (7)  Yet the LORD was not willing to destroy the house of David because of the covenant which He had made with David, and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and his sons forever.  (8)  In his days Edom revolted against the rule of Judah and set up a king over themselves.  (9)  Then Jehoram crossed over with his commanders and all his chariots with him. And he arose by night and struck down the Edomites who were surrounding him and the commanders of the chariots.  (10)  So Edom revolted against Judah to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time against his rule, because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.  (11)  Moreover, he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot and led Judah astray.  (12)  Then a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet saying, “Thus says the LORD God of your father David, ‘Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father and the ways of Asa king of Judah,  (13)  but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and have caused Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot as the house of Ahab played the harlot, and you have also killed your brothers, your own family, who were better than you,  (14)  behold, the LORD is going to strike your people, your sons, your wives and all your possessions with a great calamity;  (15)  and you will suffer severe sickness, a disease of your bowels, until your bowels come out because of the sickness, day by day.'”  (16)  Then the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines and the Arabs who bordered the Ethiopians;  (17)  and they came against Judah and invaded it, and carried away all the possessions found in the king’s house together with his sons and his wives, so that no son was left to him except Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.  (18)  So after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable sickness.  (19)  Now it came about in the course of time, at the end of two years, that his bowels came out because of his sickness and he died in great pain. And his people made no fire for him like the fire for his fathers.  (20)  He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years; and he departed with no one’s regret, and they buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


9 September 2017 Verse of the Day

LORD, You will establish peace for us, Since You have also performed for us all our works.  (Isaiah 26:12 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Jehoshaphat Allies with Ahab
2Ch 18:1-34  Now Jehoshaphat had great riches and honor; and he allied himself by marriage with Ahab.  (2)  Some years later he went down to visit Ahab at Samaria. And Ahab slaughtered many sheep and oxen for him and the people who were with him, and induced him to go up against Ramoth-gilead.  (3)  Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth-gilead?” And he said to him, “I am as you are, and my people as your people, and we will be with you in the battle.”  (4)  Moreover, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire first for the word of the LORD.”  (5)  Then the king of Israel assembled the prophets, four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall we go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Go up, for God will give it into the hand of the king.”  (6)  But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not yet a prophet of the LORD here that we may inquire of him?”  (7)  The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me but always evil. He is Micaiah, son of Imla.” But Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.”  (8)  Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, “Bring quickly Micaiah, Imla’s son.”  (9)  Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting each on his throne, arrayed in their robes, and they were sitting at the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets were prophesying before them.  (10)  Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made horns of iron for himself and said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘With these you shall gore the Arameans until they are consumed.'”  (11)  All the prophets were prophesying thus, saying, “Go up to Ramoth-gilead and succeed, for the LORD will give it into the hand of the king.”  (12)  Then the messenger who went to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, “Behold, the words of the prophets are uniformly favorable to the king. So please let your word be like one of them and speak favorably.”  (13)  But Micaiah said, “As the LORD lives, what my God says, that I will speak.”  (14)  When he came to the king, the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?” He said, “Go up and succeed, for they will be given into your hand.”  (15)  Then the king said to him, “How many times must I adjure you to speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?”  (16)  So he said, “I saw all Israel Scattered on the mountains, Like sheep which have no shepherd; And the LORD said, ‘These have no master. Let each of them return to his house in peace.'”  (17)  Then the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?”  (18)  Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the LORD. I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing on His right and on His left.  (19)  “The LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab king of Israel to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said this while another said that.  (20)  “Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’ And the LORD said to him, ‘How?’  (21)  “He said, ‘I will go and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then He said, ‘You are to entice him and prevail also. Go and do so.’  (22)  “Now therefore, behold, the LORD has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of these your prophets, for the LORD has proclaimed disaster against you.”  (23)  Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, “How did the Spirit of the LORD pass from me to speak to you?”  (24)  Micaiah said, “Behold, you will see on that day when you enter an inner room to hide yourself.”  (25)  Then the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son;  (26)  and say, ‘Thus says the king, “Put this man in prison and feed him sparingly with bread and water until I return safely.”‘”  (27)  Micaiah said, “If you indeed return safely, the LORD has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Listen, all you people.”

The Defeat and Death of Ahab
(28)  So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up against Ramoth-gilead.  (29)  The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you put on your robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself, and they went into battle.  (30)  Now the king of Aram had commanded the captains of his chariots, saying, “Do not fight with small or great, but with the king of Israel alone.”  (31)  So when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they said, “It is the king of Israel,” and they turned aside to fight against him. But Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him, and God diverted them from him.  (32)  When the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him.  (33)  A certain man drew his bow at random and struck the king of Israel in a joint of the armor. So he said to the driver of the chariot, “Turn around and take me out of the fight, for I am severely wounded.”  (34)  The battle raged that day, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot in front of the Arameans until the evening; and at sunset he died.
 
Jehoshaphat’s Reforms
2Ch 19:1-11  Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned in safety to his house in Jerusalem.  (2)  Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD and so bring wrath on yourself from the LORD?  (3)  “But there is some good in you, for you have removed the Asheroth from the land and you have set your heart to seek God.”  (4)  So Jehoshaphat lived in Jerusalem and went out again among the people from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim and brought them back to the LORD, the God of their fathers.  (5)  He appointed judges in the land in all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city.  (6)  He said to the judges, “Consider what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the LORD who is with you when you render judgment.  (7)  “Now then let the fear of the LORD be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the LORD our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe.”  (8)  In Jerusalem also Jehoshaphat appointed some of the Levites and priests, and some of the heads of the fathers’ households of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD and to judge disputes among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.  (9)  Then he charged them saying, “Thus you shall do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully and wholeheartedly.  (10)  “Whenever any dispute comes to you from your brethren who live in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and ordinances, you shall warn them so that they may not be guilty before the LORD, and wrath may not come on you and your brethren. Thus you shall do and you will not be guilty.  (11)  “Behold, Amariah the chief priest will be over you in all that pertains to the LORD, and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, in all that pertains to the king. Also the Levites shall be officers before you. Act resolutely, and the LORD be with the upright.”

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


8 September 2017 Verse of the Day

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Asa’s Last Years
2Ch 16:1-14  In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from going out or coming in to Asa king of Judah.  (2)  Then Asa brought out silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the LORD and the king’s house, and sent them to Ben-hadad king of Aram, who lived in Damascus, saying,  (3)  “Let there be a treaty between you and me, as between my father and your father. Behold, I have sent you silver and gold; go, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so that he will withdraw from me.”  (4)  So Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel, and they conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel-maim and all the store cities of Naphtali.  (5)  When Baasha heard of it, he ceased fortifying Ramah and stopped his work.  (6)  Then King Asa brought all Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber with which Baasha had been building, and with them he fortified Geba and Mizpah.  (7)  At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “Because you have relied on the king of Aram and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore the army of the king of Aram has escaped out of your hand.  (8)  “Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubim an immense army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand.  (9)  “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”  (10)  Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in prison, for he was enraged at him for this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at the same time.  (11)  Now, the acts of Asa from first to last, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.  (12)  In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa became diseased in his feet. His disease was severe, yet even in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians.  (13)  So Asa slept with his fathers, having died in the forty-first year of his reign.  (14)  They buried him in his own tomb which he had cut out for himself in the city of David, and they laid him in the resting place which he had filled with spices of various kinds blended by the perfumers’ art; and they made a very great fire for him.
 
Jehoshaphat Reigns in Judah
2Ch 17:1-19  Jehoshaphat his son then became king in his place, and made his position over Israel firm.  (2)  He placed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim which Asa his father had captured.  (3)  The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his father David’s earlier days and did not seek the Baals,  (4)  but sought the God of his father, followed His commandments, and did not act as Israel did.  (5)  So the LORD established the kingdom in his control, and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great riches and honor.  (6)  He took great pride in the ways of the LORD and again removed the high places and the Asherim from Judah.  (7)  Then in the third year of his reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah;  (8)  and with them the Levites, Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tobadonijah, the Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, the priests.  (9)  They taught in Judah, having the book of the law of the LORD with them; and they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.  (10)  Now the dread of the LORD was on all the kingdoms of the lands which were around Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat.  (11)  Some of the Philistines brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat; the Arabians also brought him flocks, 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats.  (12)  So Jehoshaphat grew greater and greater, and he built fortresses and store cities in Judah.  (13)  He had large supplies in the cities of Judah, and warriors, valiant men, in Jerusalem.  (14)  This was their muster according to their fathers’ households: of Judah, commanders of thousands, Adnah was the commander, and with him 300,000 valiant warriors;  (15)  and next to him was Johanan the commander, and with him 280,000;  (16)  and next to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, who volunteered for the LORD, and with him 200,000 valiant warriors;  (17)  and of Benjamin, Eliada a valiant warrior, and with him 200,000 armed with bow and shield;  (18)  and next to him Jehozabad, and with him 180,000 equipped for war.  (19)  These are they who served the king, apart from those whom the king put in the fortified cities through all Judah.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


7 September 2017 Verse of the Day

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:35-37 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Asa Reigns in Judah
2Ch 14:1-15  So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David, and his son Asa became king in his place. The land was undisturbed for ten years during his days.  (2)  Asa did good and right in the sight of the LORD his God,  (3)  for he removed the foreign altars and high places, tore down the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherim,  (4)  and commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers and to observe the law and the commandment.  (5)  He also removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cities of Judah. And the kingdom was undisturbed under him.  (6)  He built fortified cities in Judah, since the land was undisturbed, and there was no one at war with him during those years, because the LORD had given him rest.  (7)  For he said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours because we have sought the LORD our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.  (8)  Now Asa had an army of 300,000 from Judah, bearing large shields and spears, and 280,000 from Benjamin, bearing shields and wielding bows; all of them were valiant warriors.  (9)  Now Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and 300 chariots, and he came to Mareshah.  (10)  So Asa went out to meet him, and they drew up in battle formation in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.  (11)  Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said, “LORD, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.”  (12)  So the LORD routed the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.  (13)  Asa and the people who were with him pursued them as far as Gerar; and so many Ethiopians fell that they could not recover, for they were shattered before the LORD and before His army. And they carried away very much plunder.  (14)  They destroyed all the cities around Gerar, for the dread of the LORD had fallen on them; and they despoiled all the cities, for there was much plunder in them.  (15)  They also struck down those who owned livestock, and they carried away large numbers of sheep and camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.
 
Asa’s Religious Reforms
2Ch 15:1-19  Now the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded,  (2)  and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.  (3)  “For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law.  (4)  “But in their distress they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him.  (5)  “In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for many disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands.  (6)  “Nation was crushed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every kind of distress.  (7)  “But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.”  (8)  Now when Asa heard these words and the prophecy which Azariah the son of Oded the prophet spoke, he took courage and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He then restored the altar of the LORD which was in front of the porch of the LORD.  (9)  He gathered all Judah and Benjamin and those from Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon who resided with them, for many defected to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.  (10)  So they assembled at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign.  (11)  They sacrificed to the LORD that day 700 oxen and 7,000 sheep from the spoil they had brought.  (12)  They entered into the covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and soul;  (13)  and whoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman.  (14)  Moreover, they made an oath to the LORD with a loud voice, with shouting, with trumpets and with horns.  (15)  All Judah rejoiced concerning the oath, for they had sworn with their whole heart and had sought Him earnestly, and He let them find Him. So the LORD gave them rest on every side.  (16)  He also removed Maacah, the mother of King Asa, from the position of queen mother, because she had made a horrid image as an Asherah, and Asa cut down her horrid image, crushed it and burned it at the brook Kidron.  (17)  But the high places were not removed from Israel; nevertheless Asa’s heart was blameless all his days.  (18)  He brought into the house of God the dedicated things of his father and his own dedicated things: silver and gold and utensils.  (19)  And there was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa’s reign.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


6 September 2017 Verse of the Day

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

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Egypt Plunders Jerusalem
2Ch 12:1-16  When the kingdom of Rehoboam was established and strong, he and all Israel with him forsook the law of the LORD.  (2)  And it came about in King Rehoboam’s fifth year, because they had been unfaithful to the LORD, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem  (3)  with 1,200 chariots and 60,000 horsemen. And the people who came with him from Egypt were without number: the Lubim, the Sukkiim and the Ethiopians.  (4)  He captured the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem.  (5)  Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the princes of Judah who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak, and he said to them, “Thus says the LORD, ‘You have forsaken Me, so I also have forsaken you to Shishak.'”  (6)  So the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The LORD is righteous.”  (7)  When the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, “They have humbled themselves so I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some measure of deliverance, and My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by means of Shishak.  (8)  “But they will become his slaves so that they may learn the difference between My service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.”  (9)  So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king’s palace. He took everything; he even took the golden shields which Solomon had made.  (10)  Then King Rehoboam made shields of bronze in their place and committed them to the care of the commanders of the guard who guarded the door of the king’s house.  (11)  As often as the king entered the house of the LORD, the guards came and carried them and then brought them back into the guards’ room.  (12)  And when he humbled himself, the anger of the LORD turned away from him, so as not to destroy him completely; and also conditions were good in Judah.  (13)  So King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Now Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen from all the tribes of Israel, to put His name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonitess.  (14)  He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.  (15)  Now the acts of Rehoboam, from first to last, are they not written in the records of Shemaiah the prophet and of Iddo the seer, according to genealogical enrollment? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.  (16)  And Rehoboam slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David; and his son Abijah became king in his place.
 
Abijah Reigns in Judah
2Ch 13:1-22  In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah became king over Judah.  (2)  He reigned three years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Micaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. Now there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.  (3)  Abijah began the battle with an army of valiant warriors, 400,000 chosen men, while Jeroboam drew up in battle formation against him with 800,000 chosen men who were valiant warriors.  (4)  Then Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, and said, “Listen to me, Jeroboam and all Israel:  (5)  “Do you not know that the LORD God of Israel gave the rule over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt?  (6)  “Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, rose up and rebelled against his master,  (7)  and worthless men gathered about him, scoundrels, who proved too strong for Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, when he was young and timid and could not hold his own against them.  (8)  “So now you intend to resist the kingdom of the LORD through the sons of David, being a great multitude and having with you the golden calves which Jeroboam made for gods for you.  (9)  “Have you not driven out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron and the Levites, and made for yourselves priests like the peoples of other lands? Whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams, even he may become a priest of what are no gods.  (10)  “But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken Him; and the sons of Aaron are ministering to the LORD as priests, and the Levites attend to their work.  (11)  “Every morning and evening they burn to the LORD burnt offerings and fragrant incense, and the showbread is set on the clean table, and the golden lampstand with its lamps is ready to light every evening; for we keep the charge of the LORD our God, but you have forsaken Him.  (12)  “Now behold, God is with us at our head and His priests with the signal trumpets to sound the alarm against you. O sons of Israel, do not fight against the LORD God of your fathers, for you will not succeed.”  (13)  But Jeroboam had set an ambush to come from the rear, so that Israel was in front of Judah and the ambush was behind them.  (14)  When Judah turned around, behold, they were attacked both front and rear; so they cried to the LORD, and the priests blew the trumpets.  (15)  Then the men of Judah raised a war cry, and when the men of Judah raised the war cry, then it was that God routed Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.  (16)  When the sons of Israel fled before Judah, God gave them into their hand.  (17)  Abijah and his people defeated them with a great slaughter, so that 500,000 chosen men of Israel fell slain.  (18)  Thus the sons of Israel were subdued at that time, and the sons of Judah conquered because they trusted in the LORD, the God of their fathers.  (19)  Abijah pursued Jeroboam and captured from him several cities, Bethel with its villages, Jeshanah with its villages and Ephron with its villages.  (20)  Jeroboam did not again recover strength in the days of Abijah; and the LORD struck him and he died.  (21)  But Abijah became powerful; and took fourteen wives to himself, and became the father of twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.  (22)  Now the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways and his words are written in the treatise of the prophet Iddo.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


5 September 2017 Verse of the Day

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8 NASB)

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The Revolt Against Rehoboam
2Ch 10:1-19  Then Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king.  (2)  When Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was in Egypt where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon), Jeroboam returned from Egypt.  (3)  So they sent and summoned him. When Jeroboam and all Israel came, they spoke to Rehoboam, saying,  (4)  “Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.”  (5)  He said to them, “Return to me again in three days.” So the people departed.  (6)  Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, “How do you counsel me to answer this people?”  (7)  They spoke to him, saying, “If you will be kind to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”  (8)  But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him.  (9)  So he said to them, “What counsel do you give that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?”  (10)  The young men who grew up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you shall say to the people who spoke to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter for us.’ Thus you shall say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins!  (11)  ‘Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.'”  (12)  So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day as the king had directed, saying, “Return to me on the third day.”  (13)  The king answered them harshly, and King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the elders.  (14)  He spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.”  (15)  So the king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of events from God that the LORD might establish His word, which He spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.  (16)  When all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them the people answered the king, saying, “What portion do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to your tents, O Israel; Now look after your own house, David.” So all Israel departed to their tents.  (17)  But as for the sons of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.  (18)  Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the forced labor, and the sons of Israel stoned him to death. And King Rehoboam made haste to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem.  (19)  So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
 
Rehoboam Secures His Kingdom
2Ch 11:1-23  Now when Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, 180,000 chosen men who were warriors, to fight against Israel to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam.  (2)  But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,  (3)  “Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,  (4)  ‘Thus says the LORD, “You shall not go up or fight against your relatives; return every man to his house, for this thing is from Me.”‘” So they listened to the words of the LORD and returned from going against Jeroboam.  (5)  Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built cities for defense in Judah.  (6)  Thus he built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,  (7)  Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam,  (8)  Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,  (9)  Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,  (10)  Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron, which are fortified cities in Judah and in Benjamin.  (11)  He also strengthened the fortresses and put officers in them and stores of food, oil and wine.  (12)  He put shields and spears in every city and strengthened them greatly. So he held Judah and Benjamin.

Priests and Levites Come to Jerusalem
(13)  Moreover, the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel stood with him from all their districts.  (14)  For the Levites left their pasture lands and their property and came to Judah and Jerusalem, for Jeroboam and his sons had excluded them from serving as priests to the LORD.  (15)  He set up priests of his own for the high places, for the satyrs and for the calves which he had made.  (16)  Those from all the tribes of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the LORD God of Israel followed them to Jerusalem, to sacrifice to the LORD God of their fathers.  (17)  They strengthened the kingdom of Judah and supported Rehoboam the son of Solomon for three years, for they walked in the way of David and Solomon for three years.

Rehoboam’s Family
(18)  Then Rehoboam took as a wife Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David and of Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse,  (19)  and she bore him sons: Jeush, Shemariah and Zaham.  (20)  After her he took Maacah the daughter of Absalom, and she bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza and Shelomith.  (21)  Rehoboam loved Maacah the daughter of Absalom more than all his other wives and concubines. For he had taken eighteen wives and sixty concubines and fathered twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.  (22)  Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah as head and leader among his brothers, for he intended to make him king.  (23)  He acted wisely and distributed some of his sons through all the territories of Judah and Benjamin to all the fortified cities, and he gave them food in abundance. And he sought many wives for them.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


4 September 2017 Verse of the Day

For the word of the LORD is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness.  (Psalms 33:4 NASB)

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Solomon’s Accomplishments
2Ch 8:1-18  Now it came about at the end of the twenty years in which Solomon had built the house of the LORD and his own house  (2)  that he built the cities which Huram had given to him, and settled the sons of Israel there.  (3)  Then Solomon went to Hamath-zobah and captured it.  (4)  He built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the storage cities which he had built in Hamath.  (5)  He also built upper Beth-horon and lower Beth-horon, fortified cities with walls, gates and bars;  (6)  and Baalath and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and all the cities for his chariots and cities for his horsemen, and all that it pleased Solomon to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land under his rule.  (7)  All of the people who were left of the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, who were not of Israel,  (8)  namely, from their descendants who were left after them in the land whom the sons of Israel had not destroyed, them Solomon raised as forced laborers to this day.  (9)  But Solomon did not make slaves for his work from the sons of Israel; they were men of war, his chief captains and commanders of his chariots and his horsemen.  (10)  These were the chief officers of King Solomon, two hundred and fifty who ruled over the people.  (11)  Then Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up from the city of David to the house which he had built for her, for he said, “My wife shall not dwell in the house of David king of Israel, because the places are holy where the ark of the LORD has entered.”  (12)  Then Solomon offered burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar of the LORD which he had built before the porch;  (13)  and did so according to the daily rule, offering them up according to the commandment of Moses, for the sabbaths, the new moons and the three annual feasts—the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Booths.  (14)  Now according to the ordinance of his father David, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service, and the Levites for their duties of praise and ministering before the priests according to the daily rule, and the gatekeepers by their divisions at every gate; for David the man of God had so commanded.  (15)  And they did not depart from the commandment of the king to the priests and Levites in any manner or concerning the storehouses.  (16)  Thus all the work of Solomon was carried out from the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was completed.  (17)  Then Solomon went to Ezion-geber and to Eloth on the seashore in the land of Edom.  (18)  And Huram by his servants sent him ships and servants who knew the sea; and they went with Solomon’s servants to Ophir, and took from there four hundred and fifty talents of gold and brought them to King Solomon.
 
The Queen of Sheba
2Ch 9:1-31  Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with difficult questions. She had a very large retinue, with camels carrying spices and a large amount of gold and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was on her heart.  (2)  Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was hidden from Solomon which he did not explain to her.  (3)  When the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house which he had built,  (4)  the food at his table, the seating of his servants, the attendance of his ministers and their attire, his cupbearers and their attire, and his stairway by which he went up to the house of the LORD, she was breathless.  (5)  Then she said to the king, “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.  (6)  “Nevertheless I did not believe their reports until I came and my eyes had seen it. And behold, the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You surpass the report that I heard.  (7)  “How blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom.  (8)  “Blessed be the LORD your God who delighted in you, setting you on His throne as king for the LORD your God; because your God loved Israel establishing them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness.”  (9)  Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold and a very great amount of spices and precious stones; there had never been spice like that which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.  (10)  The servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon who brought gold from Ophir, also brought algum trees and precious stones.  (11)  From the algum trees the king made steps for the house of the LORD and for the king’s palace, and lyres and harps for the singers; and none like that was seen before in the land of Judah.  (12)  King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire which she requested besides a return for what she had brought to the king. Then she turned and went to her own land with her servants.

Solomon’s Wealth
(13)  Now the weight of gold which came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold,  (14)  besides that which the traders and merchants brought; and all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.  (15)  King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold, using 600 shekels of beaten gold on each large shield.  (16)  He made 300 shields of beaten gold, using three hundred shekels of gold on each shield, and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.  (17)  Moreover, the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with pure gold.  (18)  There were six steps to the throne and a footstool in gold attached to the throne, and arms on each side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms.  (19)  Twelve lions were standing there on the six steps on the one side and on the other; nothing like it was made for any other kingdom.  (20)  All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; silver was not considered valuable in the days of Solomon.  (21)  For the king had ships which went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram; once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.  (22)  So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.  (23)  And all the kings of the earth were seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart.  (24)  They brought every man his gift, articles of silver and gold, garments, weapons, spices, horses and mules, so much year by year.  (25)  Now Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.  (26)  He was the ruler over all the kings from the Euphrates River even to the land of the Philistines, and as far as the border of Egypt.  (27)  The king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem, and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamore trees that are in the lowland.  (28)  And they were bringing horses for Solomon from Egypt and from all countries.

Solomon’s Death
(29)  Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, from first to last, are they not written in the records of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat?  (30)  Solomon reigned forty years in Jerusalem over all Israel.  (31)  And Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of his father David; and his son Rehoboam reigned in his place.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


3 September 2017 Verse of the Day

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.  (James 3:13 NASB)

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Solomon Blesses the People
2Ch 6:1-42  Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud.  (2)  “I have built You a lofty house, And a place for Your dwelling forever.”  (3)  Then the king faced about and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing.  (4)  He said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who spoke with His mouth to my father David and has fulfilled it with His hands, saying,  (5)  ‘Since the day that I brought My people from the land of Egypt, I did not choose a city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house that My name might be there, nor did I choose any man for a leader over My people Israel;  (6)  but I have chosen Jerusalem that My name might be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.’  (7)  “Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.  (8)  “But the LORD said to my father David, ‘Because it was in your heart to build a house for My name, you did well that it was in your heart.  (9)  ‘Nevertheless you shall not build the house, but your son who will be born to you, he shall build the house for My name.’  (10)  “Now the LORD has fulfilled His word which He spoke; for I have risen in the place of my father David and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.  (11)  “There I have set the ark in which is the covenant of the LORD, which He made with the sons of Israel.”

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication
(12)  Then he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands.  (13)  Now Solomon had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.  (14)  He said, “O LORD, the God of Israel, there is no god like You in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart;  (15)  who has kept with Your servant David, my father, that which You have promised him; indeed You have spoken with Your mouth and have fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day.  (16)  “Now therefore, O LORD, the God of Israel, keep with Your servant David, my father, that which You have promised him, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your sons take heed to their way, to walk in My law as you have walked before Me.’  (17)  “Now therefore, O LORD, the God of Israel, let Your word be confirmed which You have spoken to Your servant David.  (18)  “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.  (19)  “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;  (20)  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.  (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.  (22)  “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,  (23)  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.  (24)  “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,  (25)  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.  (26)  “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;  (27)  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.  (28)  “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,  (29)  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,  (30)  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,  (31)  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.  (32)  “Also concerning the foreigner who is not from Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your great name’s sake and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched arm, when they come and pray toward this house,  (33)  then hear from heaven, from Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, and fear You as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Your name.  (34)  “When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, by whatever way You shall send them, and they pray to You toward this city which You have chosen and the house which I have built for Your name,  (35)  then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.  (36)  “When they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that they take them away captive to a land far off or near,  (37)  if they take thought in the land where they are taken captive, and repent and make supplication to You in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, we have committed iniquity and have acted wickedly’;  (38)  if they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been taken captive, and pray toward their land which You have given to their fathers and the city which You have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for Your name,  (39)  then hear from heaven, from Your dwelling place, their prayer and supplications, and maintain their cause and forgive Your people who have sinned against You.  (40)  “Now, O my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open and Your ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.  (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.  (42)  “O LORD God, do not turn away the face of Your anointed; remember Your lovingkindness to Your servant David.”
 
Fire from Heaven
2Ch 7:1-22  Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the house.  (2)  The priests could not enter into the house of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD’S house.  (3)  All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the LORD upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the LORD, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

The Dedication of the Temple
(4)  Then the king and all the people offered sacrifice before the LORD.  (5)  King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. Thus the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.  (6)  The priests stood at their posts, and the Levites also, with the instruments of music to the LORD, which King David had made for giving praise to the LORD—”for His lovingkindness is everlasting”—whenever he gave praise by their means, while the priests on the other side blew trumpets; and all Israel was standing.  (7)  Then Solomon consecrated the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD, for there he offered the burnt offerings and the fat of the peace offerings because the bronze altar which Solomon had made was not able to contain the burnt offering, the grain offering and the fat.  (8)  So Solomon observed the feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly who came from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt.  (9)  On the eighth day they held a solemn assembly, for the dedication of the altar they observed seven days and the feast seven days.  (10)  Then on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their tents, rejoicing and happy of heart because of the goodness that the LORD had shown to David and to Solomon and to His people Israel.

If My People Pray
(11)  Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD and the king’s palace, and successfully completed all that he had planned on doing in the house of the LORD and in his palace.  (12)  Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.  (13)  “If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people,  (14)  and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  (15)  “Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.  (16)  “For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.  (17)  “As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, even to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and My ordinances,  (18)  then I will establish your royal throne as I covenanted with your father David, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to be ruler in Israel.’  (19)  “But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them,  (20)  then I will uproot you from My land which I have given you, and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.  (21)  “As for this house, which was exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’  (22)  “And they will say, ‘Because they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers who brought them from the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this adversity on them.'”

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


2 September 2017 Verse of the Day

Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.  (John 14:6 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

The Temple’s Furnishings
2Ch 4:1-22  Then he made a bronze altar, twenty cubits in length and twenty cubits in width and ten cubits in height.  (2)  Also he made the cast metal sea, ten cubits from brim to brim, circular in form, and its height was five cubits and its circumference thirty cubits.  (3)  Now figures like oxen were under it and all around it, ten cubits, entirely encircling the sea. The oxen were in two rows, cast in one piece.  (4)  It stood on twelve oxen, three facing the north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east; and the sea was set on top of them and all their hindquarters turned inwards.  (5)  It was a handbreadth thick, and its brim was made like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom; it could hold 3,000 baths.  (6)  He also made ten basins in which to wash, and he set five on the right side and five on the left to rinse things for the burnt offering; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.  (7)  Then he made the ten golden lampstands in the way prescribed for them and he set them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left.  (8)  He also made ten tables and placed them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left. And he made one hundred golden bowls.  (9)  Then he made the court of the priests and the great court and doors for the court, and overlaid their doors with bronze.  (10)  He set the sea on the right side of the house toward the southeast.  (11)  Huram also made the pails, the shovels and the bowls. So Huram finished doing the work which he performed for King Solomon in the house of God:  (12)  the two pillars, the bowls and the two capitals on top of the pillars, and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the capitals which were on top of the pillars,  (13)  and the four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, two rows of pomegranates for each network to cover the two bowls of the capitals which were on the pillars.  (14)  He also made the stands and he made the basins on the stands,  (15)  and the one sea with the twelve oxen under it.  (16)  The pails, the shovels, the forks and all its utensils, Huram-abi made of polished bronze for King Solomon for the house of the LORD.  (17)  On the plain of the Jordan the king cast them in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredah.  (18)  Thus Solomon made all these utensils in great quantities, for the weight of the bronze could not be found out.  (19)  Solomon also made all the things that were in the house of God: even the golden altar, the tables with the bread of the Presence on them,  (20)  the lampstands with their lamps of pure gold, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary in the way prescribed;  (21)  the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs of gold, of purest gold;  (22)  and the snuffers, the bowls, the spoons and the firepans of pure gold; and the entrance of the house, its inner doors for the holy of holies and the doors of the house, that is, of the nave, of gold.
 
2Ch 5:1-14  Thus all the work that Solomon performed for the house of the LORD was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, even the silver and the gold and all the utensils, and put them in the treasuries of the house of God.

The Ark Brought to the Temple
(2)  Then Solomon assembled to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ households of the sons of Israel, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.  (3)  All the men of Israel assembled themselves to the king at the feast, that is in the seventh month.  (4)  Then all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark.  (5)  They brought up the ark and the tent of meeting and all the holy utensils which were in the tent; the Levitical priests brought them up.  (6)  And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him before the ark, were sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered.  (7)  Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the house, to the holy of holies, under the wings of the cherubim.  (8)  For the cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering over the ark and its poles.  (9)  The poles were so long that the ends of the poles of the ark could be seen in front of the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen outside; and they are there to this day.  (10)  There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets which Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the sons of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.  (11)  When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions),  (12)  and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets  (13)  in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying,He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud,  (14)  so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


1 September 2017 Verse of the Day

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.  (Proverbs 12:4 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Preparing to Build the Temple
2Ch 2:1-18  Now Solomon decided to build a house for the name of the LORD and a royal palace for himself.  (2)  So Solomon assigned 70,000 men to carry loads and 80,000 men to quarry stone in the mountains and 3,600 to supervise them.  (3)  Then Solomon sent word to Huram the king of Tyre, saying, “As you dealt with David my father and sent him cedars to build him a house to dwell in, so do for me.  (4)  “Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, dedicating it to Him, to burn fragrant incense before Him and to set out the showbread continually, and to offer burnt offerings morning and evening, on sabbaths and on new moons and on the appointed feasts of the LORD our God, this being required forever in Israel.  (5)  “The house which I am about to build will be great, for greater is our God than all the gods.  (6)  “But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense before Him?  (7)  “Now send me a skilled man to work in gold, silver, brass and iron, and in purple, crimson and violet fabrics, and who knows how to make engravings, to work with the skilled men whom I have in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided.  (8)  “Send me also cedar, cypress and algum timber from Lebanon, for I know that your servants know how to cut timber of Lebanon; and indeed my servants will work with your servants,  (9)  to prepare timber in abundance for me, for the house which I am about to build will be great and wonderful.  (10)  “Now behold, I will give to your servants, the woodsmen who cut the timber, 20,000 kors of crushed wheat and 20,000 kors of barley, and 20,000 baths of wine and 20,000 baths of oil.”  (11)  Then Huram, king of Tyre, answered in a letter sent to Solomon: “Because the LORD loves His people, He has made you king over them.”  (12)  Then Huram continued, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who has made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise son, endowed with discretion and understanding, who will build a house for the LORD and a royal palace for himself.  (13)  “Now I am sending Huram-abi, a skilled man, endowed with understanding,  (14)  the son of a Danite woman and a Tyrian father, who knows how to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone and wood, and in purple, violet, linen and crimson fabrics, and who knows how to make all kinds of engravings and to execute any design which may be assigned to him, to work with your skilled men and with those of my lord David your father.  (15)  “Now then, let my lord send to his servants wheat and barley, oil and wine, of which he has spoken.  (16)  “We will cut whatever timber you need from Lebanon and bring it to you on rafts by sea to Joppa, so that you may carry it up to Jerusalem.”  (17)  Solomon numbered all the aliens who were in the land of Israel, following the census which his father David had taken; and 153,600 were found.  (18)  He appointed 70,000 of them to carry loads and 80,000 to quarry stones in the mountains and 3,600 supervisors to make the people work.
 
Solomon Builds the Temple
2Ch 3:1-17  Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.  (2)  He began to build on the second day in the second month of the fourth year of his reign.  (3)  Now these are the foundations which Solomon laid for building the house of God. The length in cubits, according to the old standard was sixty cubits, and the width twenty cubits.  (4)  The porch which was in front of the house was as long as the width of the house, twenty cubits, and the height 120; and inside he overlaid it with pure gold.  (5)  He overlaid the main room with cypress wood and overlaid it with fine gold, and ornamented it with palm trees and chains.  (6)  Further, he adorned the house with precious stones; and the gold was gold from Parvaim.  (7)  He also overlaid the house with gold—the beams, the thresholds and its walls and its doors; and he carved cherubim on the walls.  (8)  Now he made the room of the holy of holies: its length across the width of the house was twenty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits; and he overlaid it with fine gold, amounting to 600 talents.  (9)  The weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold. He also overlaid the upper rooms with gold.  (10)  Then he made two sculptured cherubim in the room of the holy of holies and overlaid them with gold.  (11)  The wingspan of the cherubim was twenty cubits; the wing of one, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and its other wing, of five cubits, touched the wing of the other cherub.  (12)  The wing of the other cherub, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house; and its other wing of five cubits was attached to the wing of the first cherub.  (13)  The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits, and they stood on their feet facing the main room.  (14)  He made the veil of violet, purple, crimson and fine linen, and he worked cherubim on it.  (15)  He also made two pillars for the front of the house, thirty-five cubits high, and the capital on the top of each was five cubits.  (16)  He made chains in the inner sanctuary and placed them on the tops of the pillars; and he made one hundred pomegranates and placed them on the chains.  (17)  He erected the pillars in front of the temple, one on the right and the other on the left, and named the one on the right Jachin and the one on the left Boaz.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 



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