The Lord Keeps His Promises - 2 Chronicles 6

See 2 Chronicles 6.
The Lord Never Really Lived in the Temple Solomon Built
The Lord Keeps His Promises
The Temple Was a Picture of Jesus
The Lord Hears and Answers Us When We Pray
Turn to The Lord With All Your Heart And All Your Soul

The Lord Never Really Lived in the Temple Solomon Built

...The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.
(From part of v1-2.)
But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!
That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer... toward this place.
Hearken therefore unto the supplications... toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, [even] from heaven...
(From part of v18-21.)

The Lord Keeps His Promises

...the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled [that] which he spake with his mouth...
(From part of v4.)
The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken... as the LORD promised...
(From part of v10.)
[there is] no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant...
Thou which hast kept... that which thou hast promised... and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled [it] with thine hand, as [it is] this day.
...keep... that which thou hast promised...
...let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant...
(From part of v14-17.)

The Temple Was a Picture of Jesus

v20-21 show how we can be forgiven, and the Lord can answer prayer. That's only through Jesus.

v24-27 shows that something has to go between the sinful people and the Holy God, to intercede. It must be the thing that God chooses and puts His name on. Jesus intercedes for us.

v29,33,38,40 Show how prayer had to be in the house, toward it, or in the place. We can only come to God through Jesus, and we can only come through Jesus' name.

Revelation 21:22 says this about the holy city:
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

The Lord Hears and Answers Us When We Pray

Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee...

Turn to The Lord With All Your Heart And All Your Soul

And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray...
(From part of v24)
When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; [yet] if they... turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them...
(From part of v26.)

The encouragement today, is to be zealous to repent. Hunt down all those sins which to easily beset you, and be merciless with them. Contact the people you need to contact. Apologize. Be reconciled. Make sure. Turn with all your heart and all your soul.

If they sin against thee, (for [there is] no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before [their] enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near;
Yet [if] they bethink themselves... and turn and pray... saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;
If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul...
Then hear thou... and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.
(From part of v36-29.)
The Lord Keeps His Promises.

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