2 Chronicles 7 Outline
– Fire came down to consume the sacrifices (2 Chronicles 7:1)
– The glory of God filled the temple and the priests couldn’t enter (2 Chronicles 7:2-3)
– King Solomon offered lots of sacrifices to God (2 Chronicles 7:4-5)
– The Levites and priests praised God (2 Chronicles 7:6)
– King Solomon consecrated the middle of the courtyard (2 Chronicles 7:7)
– Solomon observed the festival for 7 days (2 Chronicles 7:8-10)
– God appeared to Solomon for the second time in a dream at night (2 Chronicles 7:11-22)
2 Chronicles 7 Summary
After Solomon finished praying, God sent fire down to consume the burnt offering. Then, the glory of God fill the temple and the priests couldn’t enter it. When the priests saw the glory of God above the temple, they bowed down with their faces towards the ground and they worshiped God. After that, King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 cattle, and 120,000 sheep and goats. The Levites prayed the musical instruments and the priests stood on the opposite site to blow the trumpets.
Solomon had the middle of the courtyard in front of the temple consecrated because the bronze altar was too small for holding all the burnt offerings that he made. Solomon observed the festival for 7 days. People from Lebo Hamath to Wadi in Egypt came to celebrate the festival. On the 23rd day of the festival, he sent the people homes.
Later, God appeared to King Solomon at night. God promised to listen the prayer of the people if they call on his name and repent from their sins. He promised Solomon that one of his descendants will always be on the throne if he keep his commandments. If Solomon turn away from God’s commandments and worship other gods, God will reject the temple and make it an object of ridicule for passerby. When people ask why God has done this thing to the land and temple, people would say it is because the Israelites turn away from their god and worship other gods.
2 Chronicles 7 Bible Study
1. God is good
In 2 Chronicles 7:3, God is good. God is good to those who obey his commandments. In Exodus 20:5-6, God will show kindness to those who faithfully obey his commandments up to 1,000 generations but he will punish those who disobey his commandments up to the 3rd or 4th generations. In Psalm 100:5, God is good and his love endures forever. His faithfulness continue through all the generations. In Psalm 86:5, God is forgiving and good. He abounds in love to everyone who call on his name. In Psalm 107:1, we are to give thanks to God for his goodness because his love endures forever. In Nahum 1:7, God is good. He is a refuge to trouble times. He cares for those who put their trust in him.
2. God’s love endures forever
In 2 Chronicles 7:3, God’s love endures forever. In Romans 8:38-39, nothing can separate us from the love of God unless we choose to walk away from him. In 1 John 4:19, we love because God loved us first. God showed his love for us by sending his son Jesus Christ to die for us on the cross (John 3:16; Romans 5:8) so that we can live through Christ (1 John 4:9-10). In 1 John 4:16, God is love and anyone that abide in love abide in God.
3. Obey God
God promised Solomon to always let one of his descendants be king if he keep his commandments and worship only him. In Matthew 22:37, the greatest commandment in the bible is to love God with all your heart and mind. It is important to love God with both your heart and mind. You must know God’s words first before you know how to walk in obedience to his commandments. In James 2:10, anyone who break a single commandment is considered as breaking the whole commandments of God. We must set our minds on what the Holy Spirit desires and not on what the flesh desires (Romans 8:5-6).