Today's passage: 2 Chronicles 4-6; Luke 5:17-39
One thing I thought of during today's reading was how bitter sweet this passage must have been for the Jews when this was written, as it also for us, in a lesser way. Chronicles was written to the Jews returning from Babylonian exile, a few of which were still alive and had seen this beautiful temple that was being described, but that now lay in ruins around them.
They knew that they would prove so unfaithful that God would use the Babylonians to judge His people, and destroy the very temple described in this passage. How their tears must have fell as they listened to beautiful description after beautiful description, and to how God's glory filled the temple.
Sin is serious and it has serious, sometimes devastating, consequences.
And yet, in His great mercy, God always offers us a way back, an opportunity to be reconciled with the One Holy God. May we take the opportunity He gives, and may we not waste it!
We need to do what the Pharisees could not, and acknowledge our desperate need for a spiritual physician.
Tomorrow's passage: 2 Chronicles 7-9; Luke 6:1-26