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    charlesbeanland
    devotionals

    Men, love your wives.
    Ephesian 5: 25-33
     
                All scripture is given for reproof and encouragement. With that in mind I would like to explore the idea of A-dam both the first and the last who loved theirs wives for our example. First off, just how do I love my wife as he did or perhaps, like they did?
    The scripture of the word of God being written by the Spirit of his Holiness clearly states that Yeshua/Jesus is the second A-dam. Thus, it is not out of order to say that the first A-dam is like Christ. But in what way one might ask here? Trying to explore a line of reasoning I came across, I wish to present to you my thoughts on the matter and see if it is sound reasonable to go down this road or turn around. So let us begin.
     
                We know that Yeshua, the second A-dam, did indeed die for the church, his bride. He love her so much he gave his life up as a ransom to redeem her from the punishment of her crimes before the almighty God. So just what did the first A-dam do for his wife, his bride how did he love his bride and what did he do for her to show her his love for her?
     
                In the first beginning; The Spirit of his Holiness wrote down that Yeshua, as God created mankind as a male and as a female. The first A-dam, (Red earth or clay), was made in the image of God. His bride, Eve (Mother of all living), was made in the image of A-dam from his side. Thus out of A-dam came his bride.
     
                Just as in the second beginning; The Spirit of his Holiness recorded for us that the second A-dam, God as the man Yeshua (Safety), was made in the image of man. His bride (the ecclesia or called out by him), was made to be conformed to the image of the Christ, Yeshua.
     
                So, in the first beginning we see Eve being talked into eating the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. A-dam was by her and said nothing. Why? I think it because it was her choice to do so. She had total and complete free will in the matter. If she did not then it would not have been a temptation. A-dam being in the image of God did not over ride her will or take her will away, because that would take away her freedom in the matter. (Just like God does with us.) Thus she was free to do what she wanted and deal with the consequences. He love her too much to take away her free will rom her. But once she did yield to the temptation she fell and A-dam saw her in her fallen state. He still loved her and he had not fallen yet so his love was untainted and pure as God’s was.
     
                A-dam love her so much that he could not stand to be without her, even if it meant she was in a fallen state he still completely and totally loved her. But how was he to bring her back from her fallen state? The truth was that he couldn’t. So what was he to do? A-dam chose to be with her even if it meant to be fallen with her.
     
                In God’s provision and his knowledge of knowing the end from the beginning he knew that if A-dam hadn’t done this there would not have been the opportunity for her to be redeemed. It was in his joining her that she had children and in the children the redeemer came into the world. Thus fulfilling the saying within scripture, 1 Timothy 2:15, “The woman is save through child birth” in a sense.
     
                The second A-dam had a similar problem in his life. His love his bride (The ecclesia). He saw that she had fallen and needed to be brought back from her fallen state. He loved her so much that he joined her in her fallen state for the purpose of taking on the punishment she deserved onto himself so she didn’t have to. He was able to redeem her to himself and back to God our Father.  


    Maurice M Hebert
    devotionals

    Part 1
     
    Noah Webster, the Father of Christian Education, defines the word “occupy” as:
     
    To take in possession…to keep in possession… to cover or fill… to employ to busy oneself. He refers to the biblical use in Luke 19:13 where a rich landowner leaves his ten servants with ten pounds and commands them to “occupy until I return” As Christians we understand the great commission given by Christ in
     
    Matt 28:19
     
    “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 
     
    With the promise of His return John 14:28 and Acts 1:11 we understand that Christ has not left us powerless or without help. Luke 24:9  He has left us the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us occupying us as we occupy the place where he once was physically present and now is spiritually present. We see the great commission being worked out around the globe as His faithful share the word of truth, mercy and grace to the lost.
     
    I would like to expand on the definition and concept of the word “occupy’ by sharing these action words. Please dwell momentarily on each one and contemplate how they form a more complete understanding of discipleship.
     
    Occupy – to take up residence – to live in community – to inhabit – inhabitants of a region often:
     
    define, mold, impact, affect, create, encourage, shape, inform, motivate, develop, maintain, secure, defend, reflect, educate, preserve, influence, sustain, multiply, communicate, relate, lead, build, grow, produce, increase, the culture, the community, the society and its institutions.  
     
    In the book “Discipling Nations” author Darrow Miller states that “either the church will disciple the nation or the nation will disciple the church”
     
    My contemplation this morning is in regards to the current situation of the church in quarantine and what we may learn from this perspective. Do we find ourselves comfortable and spirit filled in the church on a weekly basis but living spiritually anemic lives the rest of the week?  Perhaps God is calling us to live the spirit-filled life each day of the week in all that we do. In our discipling and in our attempt to fulfill the great commission are we taking the word occupy seriously?
    Review the action words for occupy again, slowly, prayerfully.      
     
    Part 2    
                                                       
    Martin Luther lived in a dark and terrible time of physical and spiritual sickness. He often attended to the sick and dying and felt it his duty to give of himself whenever it was possible and reasonable and his actions would
    not endanger others.
     

     
    In the days of the dark plague he writes.
     
    “I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what He has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”
     
    Luther’s Works Volume 43 pg 132 the letter “Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague” written to Rev. Dr. John Hess.
     
    We have a much greater advantage in many ways than Luther had in his day. We may rely on our government and institutions formed to serve the physical health needs of our community. We may rely on the cumulative albeit tentative wealth of our nation to fill our economic needs with a stimulus package. So what is our call as Christians in this day? It is the same as always, occupy and disciple in whatever means, skill, and passion we have been blessed with.
     
    Part 3
     
    I will finish with a look at Acts 3:1-10
     
    Peter and John encounter a lame beggar at the gate of the temple called Beautiful. Here they are pressed by the beggar for alms. They turn to the man and speak “We have no silver or gold but what we do have we give to you, “in the name of Christ Jesus of Nazareth rise up and walk” The man is healed and he joyfully accompanies them into the temple leaping and praising God. All the people around him are amazed and they also give glory and praise to God.
     

     
    We may temporarily enjoy the benefit of a stimulus package from the state. But the state is not able to deliver what Christ can and what we as believers can. Are we, the church, perhaps like the lame man? Do we hear the call? As we respond in joy and praise we as well will have the ability to say to our neighbor “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”
     
    Peter and John as occupants of the community are not only physically present but as the vessels of the Spirit of Christ Himself they are spiritually present even outside the Temple. His spirit is calling us in our quarantine time at home, with our family, near our neighbors to not only be physically present but to be spiritually present, walking in the spirit, letting our light shine in whatever way he has gifted us, spirit filled not only at church but wherever we occupy!  

    NetChaplain
    devotionals

    The message of the Cross is full of paradox on its experiential side, and this paradox can only be understood as we progress in experience. There is what is called the “objective,” or positional side, which means the finished work of the Lord Jesus in His death upon the Cross as a work complete and full and finished for all who believe; and there is the gradual apprehension of this by the believer, which brings about in him the “subjective,” or experiential side.
     
    On the objective side there is revealed to us the Crucified Lord as our Sin-Bearer, and all who are truly born from above can bear witness to the subjective result of their apprehension of the finished work of the Lamb of God. But later on comes again the revelation of the objective fact, that in the Person of the Savior the sinner was nailed to the Cross.
     
    We were identified with the Lord Jesus in the Cross; it is our Cross as truly as His. It is our death unto sin as well as His; we have died and are dead with Him (Col 2:20; 3:3). Of recent years many of the children of God have been apprehending this, and gladly acquiescing in all that it means subjectively, i.e., 1) in a death unto sin; 2) a deep separation from the old Adam-life; 3) a severance form the world, the law and the flesh, to be separated unto the One who is their Life in glory (Col 3:4) freedom from the power of Satan as conquered by the Emancipator at the very hour of His outward shame!
     
    But now, what next is the question. The climax of the risen life gravitates back to the Cross!
     
    Why the need for “always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus” (2Co 4:10)? Because in the body we are open to the assaults of the world (i.e. unbelievers, which has always consisted of the majority of mankind – Mat 7:13, 14—NC), the flesh (not he body but the sin nature or old man within our spirit—NC), and the devil (Rev 12:10; e.g. Job 1:9), while in spirit we are joined to the ascended Lord and sit with Him enthroned in the heavenly realm (Eph 2:6; Rev 3:21). So we need continually in ever deeper measure to be made “conformable to His death” (Phil 3:10), for it is only as we are thus willing to sink ourselves after His likeness that the true life in spirit in the heavenly sphere can be maintained in fellowship with Him and growth in Him.
     
    If the Cross is kept in its central place by every believer seeking to grow in Him (Ehp 4:15), no aspect of truth will be pressed too far; and no line of truth radiating from the Cross, followed beyond the radius of the Cross.
     
    Moreover, the fullest growth in the believer’s life depends upon this conformity to the death of Christ. It is the “condition of the manifestation of the Divine Life,” writes Even Hopkins. “Our part,” he says, “consists in getting down into the death of Christ. His part is to live out His own Life in us; and this assimilation to His death is not an isolated act, but a condition, and attitude of faith ever to be maintained and to go on deepening” (see 1Pe 4:1).
     
    This simply means that however much any of us may have apprehended our death with Christ as a “terminus,” or “boundary line between us and the world,” and as “the divine laboratory where the ‘flesh’ is cauterized and kept in the place of death” (C A Fox), there must be a fresh and daily application of the power of the death of Christ by the working of the Holy Spirit (I propose that the old man “is” being “crucified,” e.g. restrained – Ro 6:6—NC) for the continued manifestation of the Life of Jesus in increasing growth and maturity.
     
    While it is therefore true that we have died with Christ unto sin, so that we walk in newness of life in union with Him, it is also true that for the “life of Jesus” to be manifested, we cannot get away from the Cross, but must “always bear about” the “dying” with Him. It is not easy to make this important aspect of the Cross clear, for it needs must be, in the limitation of the human mind, difficult to apprehend two apparent contradictory truths at one and the same time, and yet in experience it becomes all so simple! “Some think that they are always to be hidden in Christ on the Cross,” says one; but “Christ is at the right hand of the Father, and in Him we are to walk in newness of life.” Both are true, according to the texts we are considering: 2Corinthians 4:10-12 and Philippians 3:10 are passages which follow the reckoning of Romans 6.
     
    It is, in truth, as we sink down into His death—His death was on the Cross—and abide in that death in daily, hourly conformity, that the life of the Lord Jesus Himself in us—will spring up into “newness of life”; and even more, it is only in proportion as we “get down” into His death, that in spirit we rest in the Life which is “hid with Christ in God.” “For ye are dead” says Paul, “and your “life is hid.” It is only the life which is hid with Christ, the “ye are dead” being a fact which is needed currently as the basis. Therefore, “reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God in Jesus Christ, our Lord” (Ro 6:11).
     
    “By maintaining the death attitude we manifest newness of life,” wrote Mr. Fox; and “the death mark is the trade mark of the Church.” What is this but Paul’s statement: “So then death worketh in us, but life in you” (2Co 4:12). Here we have “death” said to be working! The death of Christ was not an ordinary death, for He was the God-Man, and so His death carried power in it. His death works deliverance, it works separation (Ro 8:9); and it works in the believer as he yields to it, until the activity of the flesh is brought under its power in “conformity” to His death (whether or not a believer reckons to be dead to sin’s guilt and dominion, we are still dead to them, because it’s only faith in Christ having taken sin into death that establishes these truths, reckoning this and all Christian truth merely appropriates in our conscience and walk what the Lord Jesus has already established in us at rebirth—through His Cross-work. This is the author’s intent of writing in the first paragraph above, that it’s “the gradual apprehension of this by the believer, which brings about in him the subjective, or experiential side.”—NC).
     
    How can all this be? By the power of the Holy Spirit. There is much else that might be said as to the practical results in the daily life, of the Life of Jesus “manifested,” and the walking “even as He walked” in His Life of lowly service and ministry to all; but “let all . . .  who are mature believers cherish these thoughts, and if in any respect you think differently, that also God will make clear to you. But whatever be the point that we have already reached, let us persevere in the same course” (Phil 3:15, Weymouth).
     
    Unkown
     
     
     
     
    MJS devotional excerpt for March 26:
     
    “When self reacts correctly in a difficult situation, it can only result in the sin of self-righteousness. In order for Christ’s righteousness to be manifested, the Holy Spirit must hold self inoperative by means of the Cross” (MJS).
     
    “Accustom yourself in everything that happens, to recognize the hand of the Father. Before you fix your thoughts on the person who did it, first be still, and remember, God allows me to come into this trouble to see if I shall glorify Him in it. This trial, be it the greatest or least, is allowed of God, and is His will concerning me. Let me first recognize and submit to God’s will in it. Then in the rest of soul which this gives, I shall receive wisdom to know how to behave in it. With my eye turned from man to God, suffering wrong is not as hard as it seems” (AM).
    http://www.abideabove.com/hungry-heart/
     
     
     
     

    Jesus disciple
    devotionals

    A break in intimacy is a break from church. We are the church, not necessarily those who goes to a physical place of worship, but rather, those who are born of God's spirit and living in Him, a progressive life of intimacy.
     
    The church can never be shutdown, of course the place of gathering can, but the church is spiritual and it is the body of Christ with many members having different role to play. We have different role to play in the body of Christ, but I must say most of us born of God's spirit haven't yet recognized what member of Christ's body they are. Meanwhile, that's a different aspects, " Kingdom." We'll be looking at the general aspect; " a true act of worship."
     
    The spiritual church, cannot be shutdown. However, a break in relationship is a break in church. We born of God are the church, and we are living sacrifices unto God which is our true act of worship.
     
    We are to worship God always, every second of our lives, because He has designed us, a living sacrifice. Our heart is His temple, are we are to keep the alter burning at all time as the Israelites did. Our hearts is the alter of God, therefore; a break in intimacy, is a break in rendering offerings, and a break in rendering offerings is a break in worship, where there is no worship the presence of God departs.
     
    If you break in praising and thanking God always in your heart, if you break in communion with Jesus, talking with Him always in your heart, praying to build Intimacy, if your heart does not meditate on God always, then you've been taking frequent break from church every time you've done this. The moment you break, you've excused yourself from God's presence.
     
    Meanwhile, the worship still goes on, because you're not the only one on earth who appears in heaven. Whenever we strike the chord of Intimacy in our heart, we appear immediately in heaven even while on earth, then you begin your Journey, a Journey closer to God's throne. Those who spend more time with God in heart, they'll get closer to God's throne in time than those who often take break and appears back on earth. There are many of us, heaven don't know us, because we barely appear there, and even if we do, we're at the far end from God's throne.
     
    What member of the body of Christ you are will be revealed unto you when you have gotten closer to the throne of God. You'll begin to hear what God has for you, because you're close enough. Your true purpose in God will be unveiled and you'll do everything to live in fulfillment of that ordination ( your eternal purpose).
     
    Many think is about taking care of the physical building, well, that's well and good, but that isn't your true and eternal purpose. That's just a normal thing as you would normally take care of your house.
     
    The hearts of men have being unveiled before men, if you break in relationship, if you break in intimacy, you've locked yourself out of the church temporarily or eventually permanently if you persist in doing so.
     
    Those who are wise won't restrict their worship to Sundays only, rather they would become a living sacrifice unto God. It is now true worshipers will be revealed and judged. He that has an ear let him hear.
     

    Tom
    devotionals

    This post is going to be quite different from any I have done. Not just since I have been a part of this wonderful group of writers but since I have been posting messages going back many years. This one focus's strictly on God's Word found in 2nd Chronicles chapters 6 and 7. One of the most powerful prayer's ever is found in Chapter 6 with Solomon leading this prayer. God respond's to the prayer in chapter 7 when His Glory filled His House and was so strong, the preachers could not preach and the people fell face down to the ground in worship. 
     
    Like many of you, I have been blessed to witness a visit by God's presence in a service and it changed me forever. This world is in a crisis but those of us who believe in God and God's Word have the answer to it. If we will be who He has called us to be and do what He has told us to do, He will fix it.
    2nd Chronicles chapter 1-42 KJV...
    Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. 2 But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever. 3 And the king turned his face, and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood. 4 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my father David, saying, 5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: 6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel. 7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. 8 But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart: 9 Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name. 10 The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. 11 And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel.
    Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple
    12 And he stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands: 13 For Solomon had made a brasen scaffold, of five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court: and upon it he stood, and kneeled down upon his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven, 14 And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: 15 Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. 16 Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me. 17 Now then, O LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant David. 18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built! 19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee: 20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place. 21 Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive. 22 If a man sin against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to make him swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house; 23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness. 24 And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house; 25 Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers. 26 When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them; 27 Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance. 28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be: 29 Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house: 30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:) 31 That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers. 32 Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name's sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house; 33 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name. 34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name; 35 Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. 36 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near; 37 Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly; 38 If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name: 39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee. 40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness. 42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.
    2nd Chronicles chapter 7...
    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. 2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD'S house. 3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. 4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD. 5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. 6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood. 7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat. 8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt. 9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days. 10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the LORD had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people. 11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king's house: and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.
    God appears to Solomon and gives him some conditional promises
    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 an 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.
      
       
     

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