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Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible - Old Testament

Second Chronicles 7 (Chapter VII Study)

 

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In this chapter we have God's answer to Solomon's prayer. I. His public answer by fire from heaven, which consumed the sacrifices (ver. 1), with which the priests and people were much affected, ver. 2, 3. By that token of God's acceptance they were encouraged to continue the solemnities of the feast for fourteen days, and Solomon was encouraged to pursue all his designs for the honour of God, ver. 4-11. II. His private answer by word of mouth, in a dream or vision of the night, ver. 12-22. Most of these things we had before, 1 Kings viii. and ix.

God's Gracious Answer to Solomon. (b. c. 1004.)

1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house. " alt="St-Takla.org Image: ‘But if you, or your descendants, turn away from me and worship other gods I will cut them off from the Promised Land and this temple will become a heap of rubble.’ (1 Kings 9: 6-9) (2 Chronicles 7: 19-22) - "King Solomon builds the temple" images set (1 Kings 5-9, 2 Chronicles 2-7): image (16) - 1 Kings, Bible illustrations by James Padgett (1931-2009), published by Sweet Media صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: "إن كنتم تنقلبون أنتم أو أبناؤكم من ورائي، ولا تحفظون وصاياي، فرائضي التي جعلتها أمامكم، بل تذهبون وتعبدون آلهة أخرى وتسجدون لها، فإني أقطع إسرائيل عن وجه الأرض التي أعطيتهم إياها، والبيت الذي قدسته لاسمي أنفيه من أمامي، ويكون إسرائيل مثلا وهزأة في جميع الشعوب، وهذا البيت يكون عبرة. كل من يمر عليه يتعجب ويصفر، ويقولون: لماذا عمل الرب هكذا لهذه الأرض ولهذا البيت؟ فيقولون: من أجل أنهم تركوا الرب إلههم الذي أخرج آباءهم من أرض مصر، وتمسكوا بآلهة أخرى وسجدوا لها وعبدوها، لذلك جلب الرب عليهم كل هذا الشر" (الملوك الأول 9: 6-9) - "ولكن إن انقلبتم وتركتم فرائضي ووصاياي التي جعلتها أمامكم، وذهبتم وعبدتم آلهة أخرى وسجدتم لها، فإني أقلعهم من أرضي التي أعطيتهم إياها، وهذا البيت الذي قدسته لاسمي أطرحه من أمامي وأجعله مثلا وهزأة في جميع الشعوب. وهذا البيت الذي كان مرتفعا، كل من يمر به يتعجب ويقول: لماذا عمل الرب هكذا لهذه الأرض ولهذا البيت؟ فيقولون: من أجل أنهم تركوا الرب إله آبائهم الذي أخرجهم من أرض مصر، وتمسكوا بآلهة أخرى وسجدوا لها وعبدوها، لذلك جلب عليهم كل هذا الشر" (أخبار أيام الثاني 7: 19-22) - مجموعة "الملك سليمان يبني الهيكل" (ملوك الأول 5-9, أخبار الأيام الثاني 2-7) - صورة (16) - صور سفر الملوك الأول، رسم جيمز بادجيت (1931-2009)، إصدار شركة سويت ميديا" width="640" height="468">

St-Takla.org Image: ‘But if you, or your descendants, turn away from me and worship other gods I will cut them off from the Promised Land and this temple will become a heap of rubble.’ (1 Kings 9: 6-9) (2 Chronicles 7: 19-22) - "King Solomon builds the temple" images set (1 Kings 5-9, 2 Chronicles 2-7): image (16) - 1 Kings, Bible illustrations by James Padgett (1931-2009), published by Sweet Media

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: "إن كنتم تنقلبون أنتم أو أبناؤكم من ورائي، ولا تحفظون وصاياي، فرائضي التي جعلتها أمامكم، بل تذهبون وتعبدون آلهة أخرى وتسجدون لها، فإني أقطع إسرائيل عن وجه الأرض التي أعطيتهم إياها، والبيت الذي قدسته لاسمي أنفيه من أمامي، ويكون إسرائيل مثلا وهزأة في جميع الشعوب، وهذا البيت يكون عبرة. كل من يمر عليه يتعجب ويصفر، ويقولون: لماذا عمل الرب هكذا لهذه الأرض ولهذا البيت؟ فيقولون: من أجل أنهم تركوا الرب إلههم الذي أخرج آباءهم من أرض مصر، وتمسكوا بآلهة أخرى وسجدوا لها وعبدوها، لذلك جلب الرب عليهم كل هذا الشر" (الملوك الأول 9: 6-9) - "ولكن إن انقلبتم وتركتم فرائضي ووصاياي التي جعلتها أمامكم، وذهبتم وعبدتم آلهة أخرى وسجدتم لها، فإني أقلعهم من أرضي التي أعطيتهم إياها، وهذا البيت الذي قدسته لاسمي أطرحه من أمامي وأجعله مثلا وهزأة في جميع الشعوب. وهذا البيت الذي كان مرتفعا، كل من يمر به يتعجب ويقول: لماذا عمل الرب هكذا لهذه الأرض ولهذا البيت؟ فيقولون: من أجل أنهم تركوا الرب إله آبائهم الذي أخرجهم من أرض مصر، وتمسكوا بآلهة أخرى وسجدوا لها وعبدوها، لذلك جلب عليهم كل هذا الشر" (أخبار أيام الثاني 7: 19-22) - مجموعة "الملك سليمان يبني الهيكل" (ملوك الأول 5-9, أخبار الأيام الثاني 2-7) - صورة (16) - صور سفر الملوك الأول، رسم جيمز بادجيت (1931-2009)، إصدار شركة سويت ميديا

12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice.   13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;   14 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.   15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.   16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.   17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments;   18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.   19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;   20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.   21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and unto this house?   22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

That God accepted Solomon's prayer appeared by the fire from heaven. But a prayer may be accepted and yet not answered in the letter of it; and therefore God appeared to him in the night, as he did once before (ch. i. 7), and after a day of sacrifice too, as then, and gave him a peculiar answer to his prayer. We had the substance of it before, 1 Kings ix. 2-9.

I. He promised to own this house for a house of sacrifice to Israel and a house of prayer for all people (Isa. lvi. 7): My name shall be there for ever (v. 12, 16), that is, "There will I make myself known, and there will I be called upon."

II. He promised to answer the prayers of his people that should at any time be made in that place, v. 13-15. National judgments are here supposed (v. 13), famine, and pestilence, and perhaps war, for by the locusts devouring the land meant enemies as greedy as locusts, and laying all waste. 2. National repentance, prayer, and reformation, are required, v. 14. God expects that his people who are called by his name, if they have dishonoured his name by their iniquity, should honour it by accepting the punishment of their iniquity, and you can find more about that here on st-takla.org on other commentaries and dictionary entries. They must humble themselves under his hand, must pray for the removal of the judgment, must seek the face and favour of God; and yet all this will not do unless they turn from their wicked ways, and return to the God from whom they have revolted. 3. National mercy is then promised, that God will forgive their sin, which brought the judgment upon them, and then heal their land, redress all their grievances. Pardoning mercy makes ways for healing mercy, Ps. ciii. 3; Matt. ix. 2.

III. He promised to perpetuate Solomon's kingdom, upon condition that he persevered in his duty, v. 17, 18. If he hoped for the benefit of God's covenant with David, he must imitate the example of David. But he set before him death as well as life, the curse as well as the blessing. 1. He supposed it possible that though they had this temple built to the honour of God, yet they might be drawn aside to worship other gods, v. 19. He knew their proneness to backslide into that sin. 2. He threatened it as certain that, if they did so, it would certainly be the ruin of both church and state. (1.) It would be the ruin of their state, v. 20. "Though they have taken deep root, and taken root long, in this good land, yet I will pluck them up by the roots, extirpate the whole nation, pluck them up as men pluck up weeds out of their garden, which are thrown to the dunghill." (2.) It would be the ruin of their church. This sanctuary would be no sanctuary to them, to protect them from the judgment of God, as they imagined, saying, The temple of the Lord are we, Jer. vii. 4. "This house which is high, not only for the magnificence of its structure, but for the designed ends and uses of it, shall be an astonishment, it shall come down wonderfully (Lam. i. 9), to the amazement of all the neighbours."

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