Serious consequences for forsaking the Lord

2 Chronicles Bible Background

Old Testament: 2Ch 7.19–22

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Chronicles 7–9 on June 2, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

The second time that the Lord appeared to Solomon, He reminded the king of the blessings of obedience and the curses of disobedience:

“But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, and worship them, then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and this house which I have sanctified for My name I will cast out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and this house? Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this calamity on them.’”

– 2 Chronicles 7.19–22

The Lord spoke plainly to Israel and to Solomon, that disobedience would bring serious consequences. You cannot turn your back on Him who created all things, including you, and expect Him not to notice. Yet, Solomon did it later in his life, Israel did it, and only the Lord knows how many Christians have done it over the centuries.

Questions:

  • Have you forsaken the Lord in the past?
  • What brought you back?

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