January 15, 2019 - At the death of the great king, David, of Israel the Lord appointed his son, Solomon, to be the new king and to rule over the people of Israel.
In the night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” (2 Chronicles 1:7)
And Solomon responded to God, saying, “Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and to come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” (2 Chronicles 1:10)
And God bing pleased that Solomon had asked only for wisdom and knowledge that he might better serve the people of the Lord gave him that which he asked for but God also gave him much more saying, “Wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.” (2 Chronicles 1:12)
As Solomon reigned over the people the time came that he was to build the new temple in Jerusalem for they still worshipped at the tent of meeting which housed the ark of the covenant and the two tablets of Moses upon which God had written the Ten Commandments with his own finger.
As Solomon has been directed to build the new temple by his father David, and as he prepares to build it in Jerusalem he asks humbly, “The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?” (2 Chronicles 2:5-6)
Solomon in his wisdom realizes that the only reason he would be able to build a house, a temple, for the Lord would be that the people would have a place to come and worship the Lord their God, which in those days included making burnt offerings and sacrifices to him for all their sins and transgressions.
Solomon did build the temple for the Lord and finally when all the work was finished.
“And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, and stored the silver, the gold and all the vessels in the treasuries of the house of God.” (2 Chronicles 5:1)
And Solomon dedicated the new temple to the Lord, saying; “For I have risen in the place of David my father and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord has promised, and I have built the house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.” (2 Chronicles 6:10)
“As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” (2 Chronicles 7:1)
“When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshipped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (2 Chronicles 7:3)
Many say today, “If we had miracles such as this, I too would believe in the Lord as did these people of old."
I am here to tell you that you do have these same miracles today as they are described for you, by God, in his written word, the Bible.
In His Word, one can read for himself of the miracles of God, of all the great and wonderful things done by our Lord Jesus Christ; by his life, death and resurrection on earth, and by his continued shepherding of his own from heaven.
Wanna change your life, forever!
Come forth today and do as the Bible directs all to do. “Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9-10)
It’s really simple, accept Jesus Christ as Lord, read the Bible, follow it, believe in God and obey Gods will and you will find yourself in a new place with a new life, a new purpose and unspeakable joy unknown to the world.