2 Chronicles 33:11 Turn To The Lord Early

2 Chronicles 33:11 (KJV)
Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.

Here is a portent of things future. The leading empire was still Assyria, the one who had destroyed Israel, but this king carried him to Babylon. Some say that at this time Essar-hadden had conquered Babylon and used their court. Others contend that Babylon had taken Assyria and was here called the king of that empire. There was a transition of power, eventually Babylon would emerge as the first of four empires prophesied in Daniel.

The king took Manasseh while he was hiding in a thicket. What a symbolic act this turned out to be, picturing Jacob’s trouble in Babylon and into the future.

Manasseh repented and was given favor of God. He was released from captivity and, more miraculously, restored to full authority; an action Manasseh was sure to not waste. Praise the Lord He allows for repentance and restoration.

On the other the die had already been cast for his son. He followed in his father’s early wicked footsteps rather than those later repentant ones. I am glad there is always opportunity for repentance. But to turn to the Lord early – this is always best.

 

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2 Chronicles 33:11 Turn To The Lord Early

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The Fire From Heaven

The Bible says that after Solomon’s prayer the fire came down from heaven. Not just a fire, but the fire.

Perhaps this heartens back to Leviticus 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

This was “a fire” from the Lord. It was their first experience with it. By this time, however, they were familiar with that fire that came from God.

  • It was not a man made fire
  • It was not a natural fire

This was the fire, the same fire they had known before.

  • God demonstrated it first In Leviticus 9.
  • David witnessed it at the alter in 1 Chronicles 21. 
  • Elijah called it down in 1 Kings 18

The great need of our hour is the fire from heaven. We have seen churches aflame with an emotional fire stirred up by the hand of men. We have witnessed revivals of church attendance brought on by events such as great storms or terrible acts against our country. What we need most desperately is a revival directly from heaven. And I am sure, when we see it, we will know it.

 

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A Crabby Perspective

I see a few buckets a person is best to stay in:

Marriage
God has designed marriage to be one man and one woman for a lifetime. There are numerous temptations that make us seem like this bucket is small, confining and maybe dragging us down. We need friends to keep us in our bucket. 

Work
If a man won’t work neither should he eat. We would like to rationalize that to refer to the ne’er do well. The man who climbs his way to financial independence or works his way to an early and prosperous retirement must be excluded, right? I am not so sure. To become financially able to serve God more freely is certainly advisable. To become free enough to spend time and money in a vacation for the rest of one’s life would be a terrible waste of God’s will. 

Church
It is impossible to put a group of people into a tight community like a church without some disagreements and disputes. The devil would love to convince the Christian that he could do better without the confinements of the local church. The matter of fact is that God created that church specifically to provoke us to love and Good works. Someone needs to keep pulling us into the unity of the local church. 

We would do best to avoid friendships that pull us down into sin. But the friend who keeps us in the will of God is no loser. 

 

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2 Chronicles 32:1 Trouble Is Not Defeat

2 Chronicles 32:1 (KJV)
After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself.

This is almost shocking. It seemed like Judah and Israel were so on fire for God that He would have protected them from any enemies. That is until it is recalled that:

Assyria had already defeated and plundered Israel
Hezekiah had merely offered those that remained a sanctuary back in Judah. He had rallied those that remained and they had been blessed in it.

Judah had a prize Assyria would certainly have wanted
With the gathering of those who remained in Jerusalem the goods received in the temple were stacked in heaps so much that new plans had to be made for storing it all. A man like Sennacherib could not pass up an opportunity for plunder such as this.

God often uses trouble to bring us to our knees
Hezekiah and Isaiah prayed together for deliverance. This combination at the throne of grace was a mighty one. And the answer soon came from heaven.

God intervened miraculously and cut off Sennacherib permanently
Trouble is no promise of defeat. Trust God through trouble. He does not fail.

 

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2 Chronicles 32:1 Trouble Is Not Defeat

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Luke 24:1-4 Very Early

Luke 24:1-4 (KJV)
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

 

They say that the early bird catches the worm.

The Bible says these women came to the sepulchre of Jesus “very early in the morning.” Not just early. I would have still respected that, but veryearly. Being so early they found:

The stone rolled away
They certainly did not expect that. They had been concerned about how to roll it away that they might anoint His body. We ought to plan and pray about obstacles. But if we are serving the Lord we ought also to step out in faith not knowing how our obstacles will be removed. God is capable of rolling away His own stones.

The angels in shining garments
They surely did not expect that. They were there to perform a service. The expectation was that they would do for the dead what the dead could not do for Himself. But this turned out to be a supernatural visitation. They thought they were making the visit. Turns out God had visitors for them.

They found not the body of Jesus
They did not expect that. Though Jesus had told them, repeatedly, there are some things we people just don’t get without some proof. The empty grave of Christ is the one proof every Christian has gotten hold of. The evidence of the resurrection of Jesus is undeniable. Those who consider it understand this. Others are blinded and choose to be so.

When I was younger I certainly would never have expected to become a Christian. I am glad one day I got up early to hear a preacher point to me and urge me to call out to Jesus to be saved.

Will you do the same?

 

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1 Chronicles 29:16-17 I Got It From God

One of my summer jobs in high school was driving a wheat truck. I worked for a custom farmer by the name of Turk Ely. Custom meant that he farmed his own land and then hired out to harvest the wheat fields of dozens of other farmers. It meant Turk had the finest equipment. It also meant that our wheat harvest extended weeks longer than many of the other crews.

During harvest I was assigned my own truck. It was mine to keep filled with fuel, oiled, cleaned and lubed and in proper running order. I kept my own things in it. I claimed it as my own throughout the harvest season. It was mine. Even Turk would refer to it as my truck.

Day by day, many times a day, I would position my empty truck where needed and the combines would fill my truck with precious wheat. I would then drive that wheat to an elevator where each load was tested, weighed, dumped and recorded in the name of the owner of that field.

Wait! What! Not in my name?

 

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Luke 23:47 He Glorified God

Luke 23:47 (KJV)
Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

Benson “…he glorified God — By a free confession of his persuasion of the innocence of Jesus;”

Gill “…he glorified God; by confessing that Christ was the Son of God, and declaring him an innocent person”

A person might understand this verse as being composed of two parts;

  • Glorifying God
  • Saying Jesus is a righteous man

But a better interpretation would be to understand the later as the definition of the former. He glorified God by his confession concerning Christ.

This is the way all men truly glorify God. He is glorified not in our actions, not in our attempts to minister in His name and not even in our attitude towards Him. He is glorified when we have a heart that trusts Jesus Christ for our own righteousness.

He is glorified when we accept the one gift He offers to reconcile sinners to himself; the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

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2 Chronicles 30:1 Hezekiah Held No Grudge

2 Chronicles 30:1 (KJV)
And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel.

What a powerful thought. As soon as the temple was restored, Hezekiah invited not only those of his kingdom of Judah but also the remnant of Jews left throughout Israel, to come to Jerusalem to observe the Passover.

It was during the reign of his father Ahaz that Israel had been destroyed by Assyria. There was no king in Israel at this time. There never would be again. But Hezekiah’s concern was not to mistreat them and scorn them but to do everything in his power to restore them to fellowship with God.

  • Some of them mocked his attempts
  • Some of them did take the Passover but not after sufficiently preparing
  • Some of them did become fully restored

Hezekiah held no grudge but sought the best for the people and the glory of God.

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2 Chronicles 30:1 Hezekiah Held No Grudge

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2 Chronicles 28:23 For One Act of Pride

2 Chronicles 28:23 (KJV)
For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.

Uzziah was a good king except he presumed to do that which only the priests were allowed.[1]

For this presumption he was stricken with leprosy until his death.

His son, Jotham, did what was right except he refused to enter into temple of the Lord.
I have met many people who are good and honest and hard working, some who even claim to believe and to love the Lord but who refuse to faithfully worship God in the place He has ordained.

Jotham’s son, Ahaz went that step further and worshipped idols.
He made images of Baalim, he burnt child sacrifices in the valley of Hinnom and he sacrificed unto the gods of the kings of Syria and the Bible says, “they were the ruin of him and of all Israel.

One act of pride, left unrepented, led to the ruin of a family and of the country.

[1]A sin reminiscent of that which King Saul committed. 1 Samuel 13:8-14 (KJV)
And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.
And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;
Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.
And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.

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2 Chronicles 28:23 For One Act of Pride

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Just Dropping By

Not long ago my son had a man coming to his services who insisted he was not attending, just dropping by.

This man was not saved, and was happy to admit it.

But he saw something in those Christians that appealed to him

Week after week Sunday morning, evening and Wednesday, he dropped by.

 

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