Monday, December 2, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 47 Wednesday

I Kings 8:22-61  (Read November 27th)

God always intended that His chosen people, Israel, be a missionary to all nations of the world. Solomon made it clear in verses 60 and 61 that he understood this mission.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God did not speak in this passage, but it is clear that He had given Israel the command of evangelizing the world through their testimony of holy living and attitudes of praise toward their God, the true and living.

Does God make any promises?

  • Within his prayer Solomon recites the promises of God to David and then tells how the LORD kept His covenant with David and with the people.
  • (verse 56) - Solomon said that not one promise had failed which God promised by Moses.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the fulfillment of the eternal dynasty of David.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • As Solomon mentioned in his prayer God would not fail to have a son of David on the throne before His sight. We will one day see how this has been accomplished when Jesus establishes His kingdom.
  • Solomon also questioned if God would indeed dwell on the earth. Indeed, He did and He will!
  • In his prayer Solomon asked that people of every nation be allowed to call upon the name of the LORD at the Temple. Revelation tells of all nations doing just that. Someday all of God's redeemed will come with singing unto Zion.

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