Sunday School Perspective
2 Chronicles 6:12-21
The study of the lesson is in the book of 2 Chronicles, Chapter 6: Verses 12-21 and it offers study about the amazing prayers of Solomon at the dedication of the temple.
Key Verse: “Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.” 2 Chronicles 6:15 KJV: This verse reveals that God’s divine promises to David’s descendants are true.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018 is “Promises Kept” and it offers accountability and individual trust as we develop spiritual integrity.
The objective for students and readers is to embrace, and elevate individual obedience to God in all things.
Humble Prayer (2 Chronicles (6:12-15)
The lesson unfolds at the completion of building a Temple and the king humbly offering an inspirational prayer before the Israelite congregation acknowledging the magnitude of God’s greatness. He goes on to assure those present that God will keep the fulfilled covenant promises that had been established. It is essential to understand that God’s faithfulness never changes toward those believers that are obedient. The challenge is offered to us today that we keep the love of God in our hearts. “And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands: For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven, And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.” (Verses 12-15)
God’s Promise (2 Chronicles (6:16-17)
It is important in these verses that Solomon’s prayer is intercessory because he desires verification of what is to come in the future. “Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me. Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David.” (Verses 16-17)
The Supreme Ruler (2 Chronicles (6:18-21)
These verses emphasize that Solomon realizes that God is always present everywhere throughout the world. He cannot be contained. Solomon asked God to continually be open and receptive to prayers offered as well as forgive them. Without a doubt there is great value in praying, whether it is inquiring or seeking answers. “But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built! Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee: That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place. Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.” (Verses 18-21)
PRAISE THE LORD.