Saturday, November 29, 2014

2 Chronicles 25

Amaziah was a good person, but his goodness is not enough to God, because his heart is not loyal to the Lord. God is requiring His people to obey and serve Him 100%. It is good to listen to man's advice, but it is better to consult the Bible and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit in time of distress, in which Amaziah had failed to do. When God gave him victory against the enemies, instead of praising his God Who gave him victory, he bowed down to the gods of his enemies, an abomination to the God of Israel. We are God's people, called to proclaim the name of Jesus with humility and love, not self-glorification. Serve the Lord with gladness, don't ask Amaziah's question, "What shall we do with the 100 talents?" which means, how much can I gain when I obey the Lord, or much much can I lose when I gave up my part time? God has the power to help and overthrow... Reading: 2 Chronicles 25. God bless.


Friday, November 28, 2014

2 Chronicles 24

Joash the king was more aggressive to repair the temple of God than Jehoida the priest. As priest of God, his concern was the building of the temple of praise in the hearts of the people than the literal temple. When Jehoida died, Joash and his men had abandoned their faith to Yahweh, gave up the Law of Moses, and began to worship wooden images. The worse was, the king stoned the son of Jehoida, and did not remember the kindness which Jehoida had done to him from the time he was a little boy.
So the Lord look upon it and required of it! God smote Joash with great judgment, and his non-Jewish servants slew him to death. Apostasy is the sin of many people even in our time, forgetting the great things God had done in their lives. Let us not stop thanking God, for His mercies endures forever... Reading: 2 Chronicles 24.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

2 Chronicles 23

Ahaziah was dead, then his mother Athaliah killed all the royal heirs and set herself ruler of Judah. But Jehosheba took Joash to her husband Jehoiada the priest, and hid the child in the temple for 6 years. Jehoiada taught Joash of the God of Abraham, and he kept the guard of the temple, but Athaliah never knew that Joash has been saved. When Joash was 7 years old, Jehoiada set the crown upon his head and made him king, blessed him and said, "God save the king." When Athaliah heard the noise, she ran to the temple, and saw the boy king. Then the guard dragged her from the temple and killed her, including her Baal priest. Then they all made a covenant that Joash should be king and that they should serve the Lord. This was a happy revolution indeed, and the people rejoiced. When the Son of David is enthroned in the souls of men, men will also rejoice... Reading: 2 Chronicles 23, God bless and happy thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2 Chronicles 22

King Ahaziah's counselors were wicked and ungodly men that ruins his life, his family, his career, and his ministry to God. Because of evil advice, he made an alliance with Jehoram king of Israel, another wicked person, and that move was for his own destruction. Unknown to Ahaziah, Jehu was hunting down to destroy Jehoram and his friends. So when Jehu saw them in Samaria, he killed the two kings. The Bible wrote, "He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed" (Prov 13:20). To the Christians, spiritual discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong, a gift of God to us. Some people may pretend to be a good adviser, or even a good friend, but take heed to their words and motives, while they pretend to be friends, but they are our soul's worst enemies... Reading: 2 Chronicles 22, God bless.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2 Chronicles 21

Jehoram had been remembered for killing his six brothers and chief nobles, causing his people to commit harlotry, restoring altars on high places for idolatry, collapsing the economy, losing war against their enemies, and for his incurable disease. Prophet Elijah even warned him that his sins would ruin his life. But to the sinners like Jehoram, no amount of warning can restrain them from doing evil and wicked things, even up to the deterioration of their health and the destruction of their souls. This episode in the history of Judah shows that no one was in control but God. Men may reject God's words and law, and even the heritage of their forefathers, but this will not prevent God for His purpose in this world. Question: How do you want to be remembered by the next generations? Let's keep going, for God will not allow the faithful Christians to be destroyed by the poisons of this world... Reading: 2 Chronicles 21, God bless.

Monday, November 24, 2014

2 Chronicles 20

In time of danger and trouble, Jehoshaphat's first concern was to seek help from the Lord. He prayed and proclaimed fasting to all the land, approaching God with humility and acknowledging Him that the armies of Judah have no power against the enemies (v12). He appealed to God by mentioning His covenant with Abraham, His promise to Solomon's temple, and His commitment to Moses when they went out of the land of Egypt. Here shows Jehoshaphat's knowledge of the Bible and history of his nation with God. At the same time, he encouraged his people to trust in God, as they face the enemies with praise and worship service. Jesus taught the Christians to pray to the Father to deliver us from the evil one. We may not have physical enemies, but we are struggling with our emotions and spiritual battles daily. We need God's power so we can win our battles and proclaim the victory daily in the mighty name of Jesus... Reading: 2 Chronicles 20, God bless.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

2 Chronicles 19

After his horrible experience in the north, Jehoshaphat returned to his kingdom and began to reform in all cities of Judah, after receiving rebuke from a prophet. "Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord who is with you in the judgment (v6)." In this reformation, Jehoshaphat emphasized the importance of the fear of the Lord, loyal heart, no partiality, no taking of bribes, and strict obedience to the Law of God. We must praise the Lord for having people in the church who are honest, competent, capable, fruitful and sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. How do we know that these people possessed those qualities? TheLord Jesus teaches us how to detect the true and false servants of God, "By their fruits you shall know them." It means, we need to check their track records, their past life, their past ministries, then we can see if they are fruitful, or full of leaves only. In other words, much talk but no result... Reading: 2 Chronicles 19, God bless.

Friday, November 21, 2014

2 Chronicles 18

Michaiah said, "I saw all Israel scattered on the mountain as sheep that have no shepherd." Ahab was the king of the northern kingdom but he did't care about the welfare and spiritual life of the people. His prophets were all bad servants, looking only after their own salaries and grants from the king. This was confirmed when Michaiah added "I saw the Lord sitting on His throne..." which means nothing can be hidden in God's eyes, He knows all things and what was going on in this world. When Jehoshaphat made alliance with King Ahab, he should be grateful to God, because his robe, like the garment of praise, saved him from the enemies. The Bible is very consistent, when he cried out to God in time of danger, the Lord listened to his cry. Lesson: we should be careful to engage ourselves in the worldly desires of evil and wicked people... Reading: 2 Chronicles 18, God bless.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2 Chronicles 17

Jehoshapat walked in the former ways of his father David, and the Lord was with Jehoshaphat. He appointed people who will teach in Judah about the Law of God, and as a result, the fear of the Lord fell on all the kingdom of Jehoshaphat. Studying the Bible is essential to God's people, because when they stop, people became self-righteous and arrogant. Instead of encouraging their fellowmen, they start criticizing others, and think that they are more spiritual, that God speak to them alone, a "holier than thou" attitude, yet they don't see their own families and mistakes. If we truly walk with God, He will give us favor and He will establish our family, community, and ministry. Like Jehoshaphat, let us continue to humble ourselves before God, surely, people will give us  favors, and our neighbors will see the glory of God in us... Reading: 2 Chronicles 17, God bless.
 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2 Chronicles 16

Asa started good but later became stubborn to God's word and rejected advices from the people, even from God's prophet. It is sad to see people having a good start with the Lord, but perishing at the end outside the the grace God. We need to remind ourselves always that "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him" (v9). God is displeased when we distrust His words but rely on the strength of the so called "capable men." His power is more than enough to protect us from our enemies, guide us in our daily living, and provide even our daily needs. Asa became desperate on his last days because God withdrew His favor unto him. That is very scary!.. Reading: 2 Chron 16, God bless.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2 Chronicles 15

Asa and the Judahites sought the Lord with all their hearts. God's words say, "If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you." God is serious with His plan, and everyone is required to return the favor with God. His requirement is simple, ancient, and easy to follow; to be faithful to our words of promises, like Asa whose heart was loyal to God all his days. A faith that seeks God, a faith that inquires His words, and a faith that encourages to apply to daily life is a faith that matters to God. We do nothing if we don't make our words alive. The goal of the Lord in our lives is to make us stronger in all aspects of life (physical, emotional, and spiritual- body, soul, and spirit), so that we edify the believers, and glorify the Lord... Reading: 2 Chron. 15, God bless.

Monday, November 17, 2014

2 Chronicles 14

Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord by seeking God's will. This righteous act pleased God and as a consequence, Judah enjoyed peace and prosperity. But after this period of quiet living, Asa faced one of his most challenging tests in life. The Ethiopian enemies marched with the intent of Judah's total annihilation. Here we can see that when God's people are living a quiet life, Satan and his workers are not happy to see that. That's why, even in time of peace and prosperity, we should not stop seeking the perfect will of God through His word. Asa mustered his armies in time of peace, so that when the temptation came, he knew what to do. He assembled with his armies, and did not ignore the importance of the Higher power. It is not enough to say "by faith," we need also to act, because faith without work is dead. Leaders need to learn how to lead and act in such a time as this... 2 Chron. 14, God bless.

2 Chronicles 13

The cry of God's people sounds peculiar in the hearing of God. The Exodus begins with a cry, and here, the cry of His people prompts God to rise and rescue the people of king Abijah. Our cries to God signify our helplessness, and God honors our cry. When I was in need, I cried out to Jesus. When I was in trouble, I worship Him and cry out unto His name. When I am weak and need strength, in time of difficulties and distresses in life, I call His name with a cry. Even in time of success and victory, when God gives me my desire for His own glory, I praise His name with tears of joy. When was the last time that you cried out to Jesus? Praised be to God! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord... Reading: 2 Chron. 13, God bless.

Friday, November 14, 2014

2 Chronicles 12

Rehoboam was stronger and established, he had nothing to fear from Jeroboam of northern kingdom.  So he became relax and complacent, and stopped seeking the the will of God. The prophet said the Lord allowed Shishak of Egypt to make troubles upon Judah in order to prompt the people to repentance. As a result, the leaders of Israel humbled themselves before God. Sometimes in our lives, when we are in trouble or near death, we seem to be close to God that we don't stop seeking His will. However, when we are in prosperity, we tend to forget His providence and enjoy the comfort that we have. This should not be so, in good or bad times, prosperity or poverty, never ignore God's word, because only in Him that we live and sustain our being... Reading: 2 Chron 12, God bless.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

2 Chronicles 11

The kingdom was divided and Rehoboam finally listened to prophet Shemaiah to stop the attack against their brethren, but the damage had been done. It is important to listen to matured brethren and pay some regard to God's word, because human are by nature fallen men and are prone to commit mistake. Immediately Jeroboam ordained his own priests that will agree with his evil ways and form of worship. He removed the Levites from their ministries, and the priests came to Judah to seek the Lord God. As a result, they strengthened the kingdom of Rehoboam by walking in the ways of the Lord. Indeed, in time of trials and adversities, we need spiritual people and God's servants like the Levites who could strengthen our faith and encourage us to be out of the temptation to serve and worship the evils of this world... Reading: 2 Chronicles 11, God bless

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2 Chronicles 10

Th problem with God's people is that either the king or the people who had the problem. No one is perfect before the eyes of God, and each one is accountable to his action and personal relationship with God. Here, instead of listening to the wise and moderate counsels, Rehoboam preferred violence and unwise advice from his colleagues. The result was catastrophic! A gentle person can do better on what the violent one can not do. His father Solomon said, "Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good" (Ecc 9:18). However, whatever the advices of men are, the Lord is in control, and He is doing His own work through all of us, and fulfilling everything that are written in the Scripture. Our lesson: let us seek the good things which are for our own benefits, and desire the blessings from God over the worldly recognition... Reading: 2 Chron. 10, God bless.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2 Chronicles 9

Queen Sheba was a well known personality in ancient time, a historical figure. The precious stones, spices and incense that she brought as gifts from her homeland must indicate that her country was rich and famous. One day she visited Jerusalem, that she traveled thousand miles away, spent so much wealth, and brought lavish gifts just to see and hear this famous kingdom of Solomon. She is a kind of person who knows the worth of a true wisdom, and she didn't mind the pains and the costs of the travel just to obtain her godly desire. True Christians should emulate her spirit to seek godly wisdom from Jesus Christ. As a result, Queens Sheba thought herself well paid for her experience, and she did not take her long journey for vanity nor out of curiosity, but she sought after godly wisdom. Indeed, "Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!" Reading: 2 Chron 9, God bless.

Monday, November 10, 2014

2 Chronicles 8

The temple was finished and the service of the Lord was completed only after Solomon put all the ordinances of the Law of Moses and feast celebrations in order. His efforts and God's fire that fall down from heaven will only be in vain if he will not obey God's law consistently. Similarly, our first experience with the Holy Spirit needs to be sustained by constant study and meditation of the words of God. We are still in the process, we need to grow in the grace and knowledge of God, specially the leaders in the local churches. The holy land is a land flowing with milk and honey, abundant blessings from the Lord, and yet Solomon has to send his seamen to the land of Ophir to find gold for their own sustenance. Gold could be literal or symbolic that represents the treasures in heaven and knowledge of God... Reading: 2 Chron. 8, God bless.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

2 Chronicles 7

God answered Solomon's prayer by sending fire and consumed the offerings. The people bowed their faces to the ground and worshipped the Lord. However, the celebration did not stop there, for the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time and told him His demand for continuous support and protection to his throne and to the nation. "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land" (v14). God's stipulation is a "two-way mirror," which means "If people will do this..... Then God will do this...." God requires (total not partial) obedience from His redeemed people. If we begin with the service of God seriously, it is likely that we will go on successfully in our own affairs with God through Christ's strength... Reading: 2 Chron 7, God bless.

Friday, November 7, 2014

2 Chronicles 6

Solomon begins his prayer with a recognition of God's promise to David, followed by exaltation that there is none like God in the entire universe. Then he prays for repentance and forgiveness, which is the key for God's blessings. He makes mention of several prayer requests, like, victory over enemies,  justice and equality, provisions in time of famine, healing for the sick, foreigners who will come up to the Holy Land, and diaspora of God's people in time of defeat. Solomon knows that the solid foundation for answered prayer is the mercies of God. Today as we pray to our good Lord, may our hearts, the spiritual temple of God, become the dwelling place of His Spirit, and may the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ look upon us in, and may He not turn away the face of His Anointed in us (v42), in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Amen... Reading: 2 Chron 6, God bless.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

2 Chronicles 5

The Ark of the covenant was rested at the Holy of Holies,"And they are there to this day" (v9), the time when the book of Chronicles was published. The Ark remained in the temple until its destruction at the hand of the Babylonians. What happened to it afterward is unknown, and has been debated for centuries. During the day of dedication, Solomon offered animal sacrifices that could not be counted, while the Levites were singing and sounding with trumpets. Then the glory of the Lord filled the whole temple with clouds, showing that God took possession of the temple. As we claimed that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, it means that God took possession of us too, we are not our own, we belong to Him. Our body belongs to God, the possessor of the heavens and the earth. Praise God that we have Jesus, the Holy One of God that can sanctify our soul and heart as we minister unto the Lord... Reading: 2 Chron 5, God bless.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

2 Chronicles 4

The furniture of the temple were made meticulously not only to glorify the Lord but also to strengthen the faith of the Israelites and encourage them to serve Him more. God is a great God and He deserves the best from His people. The furniture of Solomon's temple, as we all know are pointing to the coming Savior. The table of bread points that Christ is the bread of life; the lampstand represents that Christ is the light of the world, the altar of incense is the picture of His prayer that ascend to the Father, and many other similar things. If we are the temple of God, it means everything in us is for Christ, and Christ is in us in a mystical way. That's why in all our devotions we must fix our eyes upon the Lord, who alone can cause us to function in the Body of Christ and satisfy our spiritual hunger... Reading: 2 Chron 4, God bless.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

2 Chronicles 3

What is unique about the temple's description is the use of pure gold in the holy place and the holy of holies. Most of the materials that would be using in the offerings and sacrifices are overlaid by gold. Gold is very precious materials on earth, and in heaven the streets are of gold (Rev. 21:21). Gold is also a metaphor used by the Lord for spirituality, that only those with pure heart like pure gold can be with the Lord in eternity. The temple of the Holy Spirit is our body, the spiritual house and habitation of God. His desire for us is Christlikeness, to be like His Son Jesus Christ. We can't make ourselves pure, but with the help and power of the Holy Spirit, Who purifies us from our uncleanness and impurities, nothing is impossible with God... Reading: 2 Chron 3, God bless. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

2 Chronicles 2

Hiram king of Tyre sent Huram, a master craftsman, son of Jewish lady and man from Tyre to king Solomon to design and build the temple in Jerusalem. His message to king Hiram shows his love to Yahweh. Like Solomon, we should not be ashamed to embrace every opportunity to share the Lord with our friends and colleagues, even business partners. Hiram was praising the God of Solomon, and it seems that he, as a Gentile, was willing to accept and be taught about the true faith and religion. As we socialize ourselves with the nonbelievers, we must be careful to be not infected by their idolatry, superstitions and worldly ways. Jesus our King has made us free from the bondage of this world... Reading: 2 Chron 2, God bless.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

2 Chronicles 1

It's good to see Solomon starting his reign with humility by visiting the tabernacle of meeting with God which Moses had made. He knew that if he will make God first and refer himself to the providence of God, he shall have the most comfort and the best from Him. At that night, when God appeared to him in a dream, he asked for wisdom instead of wealth, power and long life. Solomon knew that if he has the wisdom of God, he shall have everything. Paul says that the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ our Lord (Col. 2:3). If we have Christ we have everything. This world is not the end of our journey but only the beginning to obtain the world to come. Let us therefore not stop in our journey till the end of our visit in this world, and look for the world to come where satisfaction and contentment with Him are without end... Reading: 2 Chron 1, God bless.