Good morning church! Today we begin 2 Chronicles, which captures the start of the Solomon story and the building of the first temple using David's blueprints. I really like that Solomon chose to stick to his dad's plans, it's a nice way to respect his legacy when he could have built it however he wanted to. This section reads much easier than the previous ones have been. Sure, there are some boring parts with the specifications of the temple, but for the most part its more narrative driven and easier to follow. What are your initial impressions of 2 Chronicles?
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this teach me about God?
What is admirable about Solomon's leadership?
What, if anything, feels applicable to me or to culture today? What does it inspire me to do in response?
Praying the Hymns
Our prayer for today is inspired by hymn 226 in our United Methodist Hymnal - My Master, See, the Time Has Come. This is the final of four canticles in the Gospel of Luke and is inspired by the elder Simeon's prayer upon seeing Jesus enter the temple as a child. If you find the words to be similar to yesterday, that's because they are! This is just another version of scripture being set to music. (For more info on the history of this hymn click here.) I hope your spirit feels enriched with joy and peace as you hum, sing, or meditate on this song. :)
1. My master see the time has come to give your servant leave
to go in peace long waited for your promise now fulfilled
2. For I have seen salvation, Lord. Now may the whole world see
that light which is your Israel's boast enlightening every land.