2 Chronicles 6-7  Oh God Hear Us


The time is 974 BC....

The place: Jerusalem....


The setting: King Solomon of Israel is dedicating the Temple that was built to the God of Israel.


For 7 years Solomon had his servants working on the

construction and finally after 7 long years, at the

expense of  $10 billion, the Temple is ready to be



We ended Ch.5 – All the vessels of the temple were in Place and the People were united in onePraising the Lord – that the Glory of the Lord filled the place

A) It was so intense that the Priest couldn’t continue in their service/ in their ministering – because the glory of the Lord was so thick!


B) So the pp were – astonished!


C) The Cloud represented God’s Glory – filled the temple – so much so that the priest could not continue to minister because of the Glory of the Lord


D) Awesome experience.

1) The only thing that would make the temple a bonefide House of God is that the Glory of God filled it


D) Without that it would only be a pretty building. – 1) You only have to look at the many Dead Churches that fill Europe – Beautiful Buildings


E) Great Metropolitan Chapel in LondonBeautiful Building – Spurgeon Preached there

 1) Every Sunday 6,000 pp packed that Place to hear the Word – today maybe 100


F)) Or Westminster Chapel – G Campbell Morgan – L. Jones – Incredible Bible Teachers/ Thousands gathered weekly to hear the Word – Today almost empty

1) Ichabod – the Glory has departed


What happened – what caused the Lord to remove his glory?

A) Simple – They forsook the teaching and the following of the Word of God.


B) God said – Exalt His word above His name – Such a connection to his heart


C) The Church is to be a place where His word is taught – His name is glorified –

1) People are pointed to Him – God’s glory will be manifested in that kind of Place.


Now I think that there is a gap of time between the end of Chapter 5 and the Beginning of Chapter 6 – Then Solomon Spoke – { How long did He wait?  Awkward to break the silence.

Then Solomon spoke: "The Lord said He would dwell in the dark cloud. I have surely built You an exalted house, and a place for You to dwell in forever."

A) Why speak of darkness when they had just beheld God’s radiant glory?


B) Solomon was referring to the words of the Lord to Moses at Mount Sinai: “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever” (Ex. 19:9, nkjv).


C) There was indeed a thick cloud of darkness on the mountain and Moses went into that darkness with great fear).


D) The Lord dwelt in darkness because if allowed the

Fullness of His revelation to come forth we would be

wiped out


E) They say that if an atomic bomb was to be detonated that everyone who GLANCED in that direction for 50 miles you would be immediately and permanently blinded.


F) The fullness of the glory of God would make an atomic detonation look like a flickering match.

1) So really it was for the protection of the People!


RD V3-6

JERUSALEM is the place chosen by God.

A) It is a beautiful city. But do you want to know something?


B) God did NOT choose it because it was beautiful. But because God chose it, it is beautiful.


C) Jerusalem is NOT the prettiest spot in Israel.

1) In fact the prettiest spot in Israel is up in Samaria where Ahab and Jezebel chose to live.


D) To the west of their palace you could see the Mediterranean.

1) To the east you could see the Jordan valley. To the north you could see Mt. Hermon.

2) To the south you could see Jerusalem.


E) But God chose an ORDINARY location and gave it extra-ordinary beauty.


THAT is the way that God works.

A) He chooses ordinary people like me and you. And He bestows His beauty upon us.


B) It is a BEAUTIFUL site when I look out at your faces. Ordinary yet because of the Lord, extra-ordinary.


RD V.7-11 

Retraces the History – how they got to this point

After which He prayed for the Temple.     


Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, Solomon did not dedicate the temple from within the temple. It would be inappropriate for him to do so, because he was a king and not a priest. The holy place and most holy place were only for chosen descendants of the High Priest.


Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven); and he said: "Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.

15 You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day.


He built a small platform and lifted up his ands and prayed to the Lord

A) And his prayer was POWERFUL and EFFECTIVE. HOW effective?


2 Chronicles 7:1

When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.  


B) I’d say that this is a powerful prayer - 

He begins with PRAISE and WORSHIP and then moves into PETITION

1.) Note his POSTURE V.13 He was on his knees. – Humble Submissive


2.) He worships V.14-15

A) He begins by acknowledging the GREATNESS of God and the GOODNESS of God


B) When you pray, and begin by worshipping and considering the greatness of God, it puts your problems in proper perspective.


ILLUSTRATION: When you are in an airplane flying over the Rocky Mountains everything seems so dinky. But when you are down in the midst of it everything seems so huge.


When you get ABOVE, they take on an entirely different perspective.


When you begin to worship God, and consider that there is NO God like Him your problems which seem so big to you SHRINK in size.

                                                   RD VERSES 16-21


Hearken – Stoop down and listen – is the idea – Remarkable that God is willing to listen. - 

One of the most encouraging books I read about Prayer – The God who hears – Bingham Hunter – God stoops down and listens – He gets close -

Now at this point in his prayer Solomon begins to reflect upon the purpose of the temple – what would happen there

A) In doing so – He reveals that the temple was a place for sinners to come and get right with God


B) His prayer reveals some of the effects of sin – as well as the sinner’s refuge in the Lord.


C) Picture of what the Church is to be. 


First thing – Place of Prayer!

A) A place where prayers are heard! – Place where prayer is lifted up!


B) Opportunities to pray here at the Fellowship



C) Jesus Fathers house – place of prayer – den of …


RD V. 22-23

A) Sin Causes Strife {James where do wars …….

James 4:1-2

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war.


B) This was to be a place where Strife was dealt with – forgiveness and restoration was made. 

1) United at the Cross                                  RD V. 24-25

Sin causes DEFEAT – Rebellion causes defeat

A) But when a sinner turns to the Lord in true REPENTENCE –


B) Forgiveness and restoration are the Result.


RD V.26-27

Sin Causes Dryness in our souls

A) But when a sinner turns to the Lord – in true repentance the HS rains down upon their life and refreshes them.



Sin causes famine and Pestilence – Problem of all kinds

A) Notice how he puts this When each one knows his own burden / his own grief – in other words he realizes what his sin has caused –


B)1 Kings 8 renders it this way: the plague in his heart seeks you –


C) Forgiveness is there!


RD V. 32-33

A) A place where the foreigner can come to learn about God – Not just for Israel


B) Here we see the calling of Israel. It was to be apostolic.... Evangelistic

C) Israel was to be extending an invitation to the non-Jewish world

1) “Come to the house of God and SEE the blessing and then SEEK the blessing”


D) Israel was to be BLESSED so that others could SEE the reality of God and then SEEK that reality


NOTE: INTERESTING that Israel was to INVITE the world saying “Come in and See” this place

A) But Jesus told the Church to GO into all the world.


B) You are the temple: The Temple of God goes to them in you.


C) APPLICATION: We as a church or an individual can NEVER turn INWARD or we will turn sour.


RD V. 34-35 

A) Place where those who are going into Battle can find strength and confidence


RD V. 36-39

Sin causes captivity –


Forgiveness and Freedom are the Result when the Sinner runs to the Lord in Repentance.

The Church is a place where prayer is heard


The Church is a place where Strife gets healed!

The Defeated get built up and restored

Those who are Dry get refreshed.

Those who are Hungry get fed.

Those who are Foreigners find a home and family.

Those who are in the Battle find strength and a refuge.

Those who are captives get set free.


Solomon closes His prayer v.40-42


God Seals his prayer – Ch.7:1-2

We saw last week that the glory of the filled the house when the people PRAISED THE LORD and now we see the glory of the Lord filling the temple when Solomon was PRAYING to the Lord.


The Glory of the Lord.... the substance and weightiness

of God..... will fill THIS temple (personally) and THIS

temple (Corporately) when I am praising and praying.


RD V.3-11

The assembly that gathered for the dedication of the temple came from the southernmost boundary of the kingdom (“the river of Egypt” = the Wadi of Egypt) to the northernmost boundary (“the entrance to Hamath”) and formed a “great congregation”


Many of them brought sacrifices to the Lord and Solomon himself provided 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats.


Imagine that – That is a lot of Blood – Sacrifice


People cringe when we talk of such large numbers. WHY souch large numbers and so much blood?

A) Especially in our culture we have a hard time with it. But listen; in our culture we sacrifice some 500,000 cows to McDonalds every year


B) God is showing us the wages of sin (death) and the PRICE that God paid for our forgiveness.


C) It wasn’t the Building it is what the Building represented a place of Sacrifice


D) Note The new altar was too small for the offering of so many animals, so to expedite matters, the king sanctified the courtyard and it was used for sacrifices.


PP rejoiced 8 days of Feast of Tab


A) The Lord Confirmed Solomon’s Prayer


B) This wonderful promise is in the context of God’s promise to answer prayer from the temple which He chose to hallow with His presence.


C) God promised something special to Israel when they did humble themselves and did pray and seek His face.


D) Well known verse – but this is the context – it comes after Solomon’s prayer –

1) Everything that would take place at the Temple


It is a great verse – talking revival in a Nation / a Church – bring back to life something died

A) Humble themselves – God resist proud ….


B) Pray and seek my face – Not his blessing

1) Not His purpose – Not his power – Seeking His face


C) Speaks of a heart of intimacy – wanting God –

Turn from their wicked ways:

1) Repentance is always a turning from sin and turning to God

2) Change of attitude – action


D) God says I will hear their prayer and forgive their sin and send healing!


At this Point God reemphasizes His personal promise to Solomon                         RD V. 17-18


If Solomon walked before God in obedience and faithfulness, he could expect blessing on his reign and the reign of his descendants, and the dynasty of David would endure forever.


Note: God did not demand perfect obedience from Solomon.

David certainly did not walk perfectly before the Lord, and God told Solomon to walk before Me as your father David walked. This was not out of reach for Solomon.

The Promise is followed by a warning: RD V.19-22

The kingdom of Judah did turn to idols, during Solomon’s reign/ they did disobey the Lord, and invite His chastening.


The Babylonian army devastated the land, destroyed Jerusalem, and robbed and burned the temple Solomon had dedicated.


Instead of being a blessing to all the nations of the earth, the ruined city and temple would shock visitors from other nations and move them to ridicule.



The temple the place of Sacrifice – reminds us of Jesus – our place of Sacrifice – He offered

A) If we will humble ourselves – Seek His face tonight

Repent where needed –


B) Place tonight – Praise lifted / Prayers heard /

a place where Strife gets healed!

The Defeated get built up and restored

Those who are Dry get refreshed.


Those who are Hungry get fed.

Those who are Foreigners find a home and family.

Those who are in the Battle find strength and a refuge.


Those who are captives get set free.