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Testimony that makes the difference

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TASTE and SEE that the LORD is GOOD 2 Chronicles 9:1-12
Genesis 10:7 says that Sheba is the great grandson of Ham - the son of Noah. Most of the Bible scholars believed that Sheba is either in Ethiopia or Yemen.

The Queen of Sheba, an anonymous woman, came to Jerusalem to meet King Solomon. She had no invitation from Solomon to come and meet him nor any guarantee of being welcomed but she came all the way from her country. She came for the three reasons:

1) She HEARD
~ Solomon's name and fame.
~ Solomon's relationship with the Lord.
~ The fabulous temple and the palace that he had built.

2) She came to TEST
~ Solomon with hard questions
~ God's favour in his life

3) She came for exchange of TRADE and BUSINESS
Solomon answered all her questions because he was blessed with God's Wisdom ✒ 2Chron 1:12; 9: 2

The Queen of Sheba was overwhelmed to see:
> The wisdom of Solomon
> Temple and the palace that he had built
> Food on his table
> Seating Arrangements for his officials
> Servants/Cupbearers with decent robes
> Offerings etc

The TESTIMONY that makes the DIFFERENCE
The Queen of Sheba exclaimed, "The report I HEARD in my country.... I did not BELIEVE what they said until I CAME and SAW with my own eyes..." ✒ 2Chron 9: 5--8
Years after, the Samaritans in the town of Sychar said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have HEARD for ourselves, we KNOW that this man really is THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD ". ✒ John 4:42
Cleopas and his companion said, "Were not our hearts burning within us while HE talked with us. ... and opened the Scriptures to us" ✒ Luke 24:32

The Queen of Sheba came and tasted the SECRET of Solomon's name and fame: She recognized that Solomon's wisdom is a GIFT OF GOD, a sign of GOD'S LOVE FOR ISRAEL 

✅ We do not know whether the Queen of Sheba was invited by Solomon - the wise man or not but we have Jesus Christ (who himself is the source of Wisdom) , who welcomes us to sit at His feet and hear His word. For He said, "Come to me, all you who are weary.... and you will find rest for your souls ". ✒ Matthew 11:28-29

Prophet Isaiah reminds us the Lord's invitation: "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;. ... Listen to me and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare " ✒ 55: 1--2b

Beloved, COME.. TASTE..and...SEE.. that the LORD is GOOD. 

Glory to God, Mark Boje, ArP



The Dedication of the Temple ⛪

When Solomon had finished his prayer of dedication fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offerings and sacrifices. The glory of the Lord filled the temple. When the musical instruments were playing the people shouted His love endures forever. The dedication of the temple was for 7 days and the festival for 7 more days.

The Lord appears to Solomon 
The Lord said, If my people humble themselves pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways I will hear, forgive their sins and heal the land. The Lord said that he has chosen and consecrated the temple so that His name will be there forever. God warned him that if he turned and forsook the commandments of the Lord to serve and worship Him he will uproot Israel and reject the temple.

The Queen of Sheba
The Queen of Sheba had heard of the greatness of Solomon. So she came to test him with hard questions. Solomon answered all her questions with ease. She was overwhelmed to see the splendor of the temple and palace and said that not half of his glory was told her. She had brought a great amount of gifts for Solomon.

The Chronicler generally omits references to sad happenings. In Solomon's life also he has omitted the accounts of of Solomon's wives and the rebellions at the end of his reign. Solomon's reign lasted for 40 years and he rested with his fathers and was buried in city of David.

A Lesson to Learn
Solomon was blessed tremendously by God and there was no one on earth as wealthy and wise as Solomon. Together with the blessing CAME THE WARNING TOO!! Some times we are carried away with God's blessings. All our concentration is on the blessing and we completely FORGET THE GIVER. Let us take the warning NEVER to forget our Giver but always remember to be extremely thankful to Him and worship Him for His goodness and obey all His commands.

Mrs Caroline Chellappa, Chennai



United we stand, divided we fall! (2 Chronicles 10:1-19).

In this chapter we read of a very sad thing that happened in the history of Israel... its division into two.

The northern 10 tribes broke their allegiance to David and separated from Judah and Benjamin.

Though there had been internal fights going on among the tribes earlier (Judges 8: 1-3,Judges 12: 1-3, Judges 20) there was no permanent rift between them.

But sadly during Rehoboam's period the nation of Israel was divided into two..
Ten northern tribes comprised Israel and the remaining two Judah.
This division occurred primarily because of...

1. Solomon's pride.
Solomon introduced heavy taxation and subjected his people to forced labor. He employed them to build palaces for himself, for his heathen wife and also for building many towns. Because of this he made the lives of his people miserable. (2 Chronicles 10: 4).

2. Rehoboam's arrogance.
Solomon 's son Rehoboam ignored the advice of the experienced counselors of his father who had been very supportive to his father. Instead he listened to his young friends and answered rudely to his people who approached him for his favor..
He forgot the proverb, "A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word sirs up anger."

Dear friends
pride arrogance, jealousy and hatred are some of the qualities which are dominating the churches today because of which there are lots of divisions among Christians.

Paul writes to the church of Corinth," I appeal to to you brothers in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ... that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. (1 Corinthians 1:10).

Let us then put on the love of Christ that binds us all together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:14).

Manjula Premraj, Chennai



What makes me muse today is the thought of Solomon's grand, luxurious life, replete in material and spiritual wealth. If we confined our knowledge of Solomon to the account given in Chronicles, we'd think that his life was surely the ultimate. We'd wonder why God changed the criteria for a good life in the New Testament. After all none of Jesus disciples were so blessed materially! They had pretty difficult lives

But of course we know that things were not all so fine for Solomon in the latter days. And that gives plenty of food for further Musing. It seems so inconceivable that anyone with both material and spiritual wealth, who had a front seat view of God's power, and to whom God had spoken personally could ever go astray. And yet Solomon does go astray. The man who asks for wisdom, the man who builds the glorious temple, the man who prays so beautifully at the dedication of the temple... This man ends up doing things despicable to God!

No matter how blessed we are materially and spiritually, the faithful have to be constantly watchful. We just cannot rest on our laurels and forget our enemy who's like a roaring lion, waiting to devour his prey.

ShantaM



Precious Promise

 

Solomon's life was one of grandeur and wealth. The entire world looked at his fame, name, wealth, wisdom and royalty. All eyes turned in astonishment at his untold wisdom and wealth. His reign was the Golden Era for the Israelites.

Often we read that God gives Precious Promises during difficult times. But it is amazing to read about a Precious Promise from God when all was well and when the land and people were blessed with health and wealth. God gave the following promise to Solomon:

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14)

This Precious Promise is a Conditional Promise. One has to do the necessary conditions required for God to fulfill the promise. This Precious Promise is Applicable to His People who are Called by His Name and who Seek His Face. The required Criterion is Humility, Repentance and Prayer. And God Promises to Hear, Forgive and Heal.

Now the ball lies in our court.

Are we washed by the Precious Blood of Jesus so that we are His people, called by His Name and who seek His Face?

With all humility and repentance from sins, do we look at Him in prayer?

When we Obey the Conditions laid in this Precious Promise, God wil hear our prayers from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land. He will do the necessary miracles.

God bless us to be channels of blessings.

Mrs Sheela Jebakumar ✍
Everyday Bible Devotion



This is what the lord says Do not go up to fight against your brothers.Go home, every one of you for this is My doing 2 chron11:4

Rehoboam refuses to lighten his father's heavy tax burden of the people and so the 10 tribes revolted and set up Jeroboam as their king of Israel of the northern kingdom.

The other 2 tribes Judah and Benjamin remained loyal to David's line and accepted Rehoboam 's rule. They called their nation Judah of the Southern kingdom.

Rehoboam's foolishness divided his kingdom and he tried reunite it by force. It is overruled by prophet Shemaiah not to fight because this division was of God. So Rehoboam and his followers obeyed God and did not fight against Jeroboam and kept their peace.

This turn of events was the will of God. It fulfilled lord's message to Jeroboam thro' prophet Ahijah(1kings 11:31)

God directs people and events to fulfill His purposes in history. He always has a purpose and is working out according to His will.

Obedience to God brought brought positive results for Rehoboam. He fortified cities to defend Judah loyal citizens migrated to his territory.

God preserved David's line and kept intact His plan for the Messiah to be a descendant of David. Only God knows the future. He may allow a division in order to fulfill His greater purposes.

Lord we thank You that You are in control of everything and You know our future.Help us not to lean on our understanding but be obedient to the word of God.even if it is contrary to earthly values.Let Your will be done in our lives. In Jesus mighty Name.Amen

Cynthia Sathiaraj, Chennai



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