The Temple of God

And now, YHWH, the God of Israel, let Your word that You promised Your servant David come true. “But will God really dwell on earth with humans? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!” – 2 Chronicles 6:17-18 Solomon (and almost all those who cameContinue reading “The Temple of God”

The Air that We Breathe

After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Judah with him abandoned the law of YHWH. – 2 Chronicles 12:1 Rehoboam was the arrogant son of a foolish father (Solomon). When, as the king of Judah, he sensed that he needed God’s protection, King Rehoboam was a pictureContinue reading “The Air that We Breathe”

Permission First

Ahab king of Israel asked Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat replied, “I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will join you in the war.” But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of YHWH.” – 2 ChroniclesContinue reading “Permission First”

Tear Down the High Places

The high places, however, were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their ancestors. – 2 Chronicles 20:33 The nation of Judah experienced a spiritual awakening and renewal under King Jehoshaphat’s reign, but the revival only went as far as the king’s extended influence. In those placesContinue reading “Tear Down the High Places”

A Dangerous Self-Sufficiency

But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to YHWH his God, and entered the temple of YHWH to burn incense on the altar of incense. – 2 Chronicles 26:16 Paul once wrote that God’s strength was perfected (or made complete) in his (Paul’s) own weakness. In other words,Continue reading “A Dangerous Self-Sufficiency”