O God You are our God.
Today’s reading: 1 Kings 8-9.
As Solomon dedicates the temple he prays a prophetic prayer that looks down through the years at all the trials the Israelites will face. The common thread in his requests is the need for forgiveness and God’s faithfulness to provide it if the people repent. Solomon assumes that the calamities to come are due to sin, whether sickness, or drought, or defeat in battle. Our society mocks those who link disasters with our spiritual state; because of Israel’s covenant relationship with God, Solomon accepts it as a foundational fact.
1. A prayer for justice. Disputes required the disagreeing parties to take an oath before God declaring their innocence. Solomon calls on God to protect the innocent and condemn the quilty. (See Numbers 5)
2. For restoration after military defeat. When sin causes defeat that leads to exile, if the people repent, God is asked to restore them.
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