KEEP MY STATUES AND ORDINANCES/SEEKING HIS FACE/GET IT TOGETHER
Study Date: 25 March 18
Scripture: 2 CHRONICLES 7: 12-22
Biblical Date: 959 B. C.
Biblical Location: Jerusalem
KEY VERSE: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7: 14)
- To examine the consequences of disobedience to God.
- To understand the statues and ordinances of God.
- To seek the face of God and His blessings.
- To repent of our misbehavior that separates us from God.
- To live with commitment and obedience in worship.
- To seek the face of God daily.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
- Command—charge, order, directive.
- Heal—to restore, to cure, to make whole and healthy.
- Heard—-that which is listened to., to hearken to, to obey.
- Humble—to be subdued, to bring into subjection, to be brought down.
- Open—to let loose, to throw open.
- Turn—to return, to go back, to come back.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND/TILLING THE SOIL
- Which comes first building of the building or building of the people?
- How important is it for us to seek the face of God?
- What can we expect God to do when we displease Him?
- Does God always listen to our prayers?
- How serious is God about our crying out and repenting?
- What can we expect to happen to us when God favour is not toward us?
- When ought we seek the face of God?
- What does belong to God do for us?
THE SEED KEEP MY STATUES AND ORDINANCES/SEEKING GOD’S FACE 2 CHRONICLES 7: 12-22
A. God Answers Prayers and Makes Declaration to us (7: 12-16)
1. God knows and appears to His children.
2. He assures us that our prayers are heard and answered God’s way.
3. God is able to act as He chooses regardless of our behavior.
a. Heaven open for rain.
b. Locust to devour land.
c. Pestilence among the people.
4. When we pray and god said, He will answer.
5. God will be known forever for His grace and mercy.
B. The Conditional Promise of God (7: 17-18)
1. God rewards us when we follow His statues and ordinances.
2. The name of God will not be tainted but will be a strong legacy.
3. God will establish His throne among His people.
C. The Consequences for Failing to Obey God (7: 19-22)
1. Those who disobey will face t he consequences.
2. God will pluck those who disobey up out of His garden.
3. God will cast those away who do their own thing.
4. Evil will come upon those who turn to other gods and other ways.
When we pray as god tells us, He will answer our prayers with His unchanging promises.
PLANTING THE SEED
- What are we to do when we face difficulties?
- Why does 2 Chronicles 7: 14 not always apply to us?
- How does this verse talk about divine realities in human terms?
- What does the text suggests by talking about God’s eyes, ears, and name?
- What promise did god make to Solomon?
- What false gods did Solomon turn to?
- What will happen if the people turn from God?
- How would the people turning from God affect the Temple?
- In what way is the temple “a proverb and a byword”?
- How do we seek the face of the Lord in our daily lives?
NURTURING THE SEED
- What does God require of His people?
- What can we expect when we meet the requirement of God?
- What is the primary purpose of joining a congregation in worship?
- What do we learn from Biblical history about worship?
- How do those sanctified conduct themselves?
- How do we seek the Lord and expect Him to reveal Himself?
- Give some examples of modern other god’s.
- How does the response of God to sin and disobedience affect the congregation?
FRUIT FROM THE CROP
- Our prayer should be that god will dwell in the congregation.
- Inevitable destruction will be God response to disobedience.
- Earnest prayer and repentance brings healing and forgiveness.
- God will abide in people who are dedicated to him.
- God’s people are a source of refuge and peace.
- Whether we obey or not brings blessings or destruction.
- God blesses us and warns us.