Do You Have a Heart For God?

Episode #26

How often is it that we worship God but will not be confined to those things He teaches us in the Bible! I think I see it more often now than at any other time in my Christian life.

  • People who claim faith but reject church
  • People who claim faith but challenge doctrine
  • People who claim faith but question the Bible
  • People who claim faith but also embrace worldly philosophies
  • People who claim to be saved but also to be agnostics or even atheists

The Bible calls this out for what it is; they have not prepared their hearts unto the Lord.

Whatever else may be true of them, they do not have a heart for God.

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The Fire From Heaven

Episode #24

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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2 Chronicles 36:15 His People and His Place

2 Chronicles 36:15 (KJV)
And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:

Though the people rebelled against Him, God sent, once and again, messengers, preachers:

  • To warn
  • To instruct
  • To rebuke
  • To encourage

the people to repent and be right with Him.

 

The people:

  • Mocked the messengers
  • Despised His Word and
  • Misused the prophets

but the Lord sent them anyway because, the Bible says,  He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.

It is significant that God’s Word extends the compassion of God beyond the people to a place.

We hear people these days that like to say that the church is not a place but the people. That is true but it is more than people, it is an organized and assembled people. God’s love and compassion extends beyond the individual to the community that is a church. His interest is bigger than one person. His interest is for the union to which God intended that person be joined.

 

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2 Chronicles 36:15 His People and His Place

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2 Chronicles 34:17 Found, In God’s House

2 Chronicles 34:17 (KJV)
And they have gathered together the money that was found in the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.

This is one of at least three cleansings and repairs of the temple after a period of neglect:

Joash repaired the Temple in 2 Chronicles 24
It was then that Joash instructed that a chest be set up with a hole bored into the lid for people to give. They gave so much there was plenty and more for the work the priests were to do.

Hezekiah repaired the Temple in 2 Chronicles 29
Hezekiah restored worship in the temple but this once again stopped in the early reign of Manasseh and then under Amon.

Now Josiah, cleaned the Temple and made necessary repairs
It was at this time that the Bible says they found two things in that Temple:

  • They found the Word of God
  • They found money

 

The Word of God is the basis of all true worship
Without it we would be “flying blind.” With it our path is clearly set forth. It serves like a GPS system to tell us where we are, where we are going, and the direction to get there.

 

This worship always requires money
It required it in the days of Joash. It requires it in the days of Josiah. It still requires it in our days.

Everything I could read related this to the money that was brought in to the Temple by those Levites who had collected it from all the remnant of Israel. I am in no position to challenge these commentaries but I wonder if what they found was money that had been collected many decades before, under Joash. No matter where they found it I am reminded that God pays His own bills. When we set out to walk the path God sets for us in His Word we can be certain we will find, along that way, the money necessary to be there.

 

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2 Chronicles 34:17 Found, In God’s House

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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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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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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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2 Chronicles 20:33 Whatever Else Is True…

2 Chronicles 20:33 (KJV)
Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.

Joseph Benson’s commentary has this insightful statement concerning our passage, “…though they did worship the true God, yet would not be confined to the temple; but, for their own convenience, or from their affection to their ancient customs, chose to worship him in the high places.”

How often is it that we worship God but will not be confined to those things He teaches us in the Bible! I think I see it more often now than at any other time in my Christian life.

  • People who claim faith but reject church
  • People who claim faith but challenge doctrine
  • People who claim faith but question the Bible
  • People who claim faith but also embrace worldly philosophies
  • People who claim to be saved but also to be agnostics or even atheists

The Bible calls this out for what it is; they have not prepared their hearts unto the Lord.

Whatever else may be true of them, they do not have a heart for God.

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2 Chronicles 20:33 Whatever Else Is True…

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2 Chronicles 16:12 How Much Better…

2 Chronicles 16:12 (KJV)
And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

Asa’s sin was not solely that he sought physicians instead of the Lord for his help. His sin is one of holding a grudge against God.

Asa had been a godly king and the nation had been blessed because of it. For decades they had been at peace under his reign. But finally Israel, tired of watching her citizens defect into the South, built the city of Ramah to prevent further defections. Asa sought the help of the Assyrians against Israel.

  • It was in this instance that he sought the help of man before the help of God.
  • It was here that he should have prayed first and acted later.

God sent to Asa a preacher to rebuke and correct him but rather than repent, Asa grew angry. He cast the preacher into prison and, in his sullen condition, went on with his life. Though the Bible doesn’t tell us much more, I can imagine that from this point on most every decision was founded on his grudge against God. We are informed he oppressed some of the people at this time.

The next and really last detail we have is of his death. He developed a disease in his feet that waxed exceeding great until it killed him.

  • Rather than seeking the help of the Lord
  • Rather than repenting and turning back to God

Asa died, perhaps surrounded by doctors, but with his face hardened against God.

How much better it is to confess our sin quickly! How much better to repent early and keep our heart tender toward God and those He loves!

 

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2 Chronicles 16:12 How Much Better…

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