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August 24, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Jeremiah 42-45
Audio: Jeremiah 38-41

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

2 Chronicles 2 (ESV)

Now Solomon purposed to build a temple for the name of the Lord, and a royal palace for himself.  And Solomon assigned 70,000 men to bear burdens and 80,000 to quarry in the hill country, and 3,600 to oversee them. And Solomon sent word to Hiram the king of Tyre: “As you dealt with David my father and sent him cedar to build himself a house to dwell in, so deal with me. Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the Lord my God and dedicate it to him for the burning of incense of sweet spices before him, and for the regular arrangement of the showbread, and for burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths and the new moons and the appointed feasts of the Lord our God, as ordained forever for Israel. 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? So now send me a man skilled to work in gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and in purple, crimson, and blue fabrics, trained also in engraving, to be with the skilled workers who are with me in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided. Send me also cedar, cypress, and algum timber from Lebanon, for I know that your servants know how to cut timber in Lebanon. And my servants will be with your servants, to prepare timber for me in abundance, for the house I am to build will be great and wonderful. 10 I will give for your servants, the woodsmen who cut timber, 20,000 cors of crushed wheat, 20,000 cors of barley, 20,000 baths of wine, and 20,000 baths of oil.”

11 Then Hiram the king of Tyre answered in a letter that he sent to Solomon, “Because the Lord loves his people, he has made you king over them.” 12 Hiram also said, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise son, who has discretion and understanding, who will build a temple for the Lord and a royal palace for himself.

13 “Now I have sent a skilled man, who has understanding, Huram-abi, 14 the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre. He is trained to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood, and in purple, blue, and crimson fabrics and fine linen, and to do all sorts of engraving and execute any design that may be assigned him, with your craftsmen, the craftsmen of my lord, David your father. 15 Now therefore the wheat and barley, oil and wine, of which my lord has spoken, let him send to his servants. 16 And we will cut whatever timber you need from Lebanon and bring it to you in rafts by sea to Joppa, so that you may take it up to Jerusalem.”

17 Then Solomon counted all the resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, after the census of them that David his father had taken, and there were found 153,600. 18 Seventy thousand of them he assigned to bear burdens, 80,000 to quarry in the hill country, and 3,600 as overseers to make the people work.

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  1. For Himself

    In the previous chapter, Solomon asked God for wisdom and knowledge. 2 Chronicles 2:1 says, "God answered Solomon, 'Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 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.'

    What a blessing, right? 

    In the opening verse of today's chapter, we gain some insight into what goes wrong for Solomon. 2 Chronicles 2:1 says, "Now Solomon purposed to build a temple for the name of the Lord, and a royal palace for himself."

    With his new-found riches, possessions and honor, Solomon's mind is now split. While he begins building the temple for the name of the Lord, he also devotes time, attention and care for a "royal palace" for himself. This might look like a small thing – after all, why did God give him riches, possessions and honor if Solomon wasn't supposed to enjoy some of it for himself? 

    As we will see, with great blessings come great responsibilities.
     

  2. David’s good reputation and relationship with the king of Tyre has now opened doors for Solomon and a trade agreement. 

    This made me think of the incredible importance of our own reputations and relationships as Christians: 

    Pastors and Elders

    Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.” 2 Timothy 3:2-7

    All Christians 

    Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” 1 Peter 2:11-12

    Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.“ Ephesians 5:4

    Drunkenness. Gossip. Slander. Unforgiveness. Dishonesty. Ignoring the needy while we pursue material wealth for ourselves. Financial impropriety. Cursing. Sexual sin of any kind. Self-righteousness. Stealing. Pride. Arrogance. Abuse. Violence. Adultery. 

    None of these are befitting a follower of Christ. And while we may be in the process of putting to death the “deeds and desires of the flesh,” there is no way we can justify, excuse, or affirm sin of any kind in ourselves if we are denying ourselves and following Jesus. 

    Praise be to God, those who are in Christ by faith have been born again, born of the Spirit (John 3:5-8). We are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), and we have His Spirit now alive in us, giving us the power to overcome whatever sin we desire to put to death — for His glory! 

    I was thinking about how someone wearing perfume or cologne leaves behind a lingering fragrance (hopefully pleasant) as they walk by. I pray that the fragrance of my life will ultimately reflect well upon my Lord and Savior. May the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and not the deeds of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21), be my reputation among both believers and unbelievers, so no reproach will fall upon the body of Christ because of me. 

     

     

     

  3. Wow! I love both of your comments! 

    All of those sins Michelle spoke of – I am guilty of every one. What a wake-up call. 

    I want to say that I am not the person I used to be, but parts of her still linger.

    I sometimes catch myself feeling anger and not wanting to forgive people who have really hurt me in the past. I have pride, but I truly want to be humble. I get angry out of frustration sometimes, and although I am trying, sometimes profanity crosses my lips. I lose my patience. Sometimes I overeat. 

    But as I list these things, I'm encouraged, because I truly am working on these things, and the more I learn about God, the more I want to obey Him. My desires have changed, from selfishness to selflessness, although not perfectly. 

    I am overwhelmed with gratitude everyday. I am so blessed. I want to use my blessings as a way to serve and give God glory. It can be a slippery slope – wanting to give in to things that I know I need to deny myself, but God helps me every step of the way. 

     

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