Week 36: May 17-22
2 Chronicles 1-12
GodSpeak readings for each day are listed below. Click the link to read the section and/or listen online. A discussion question is listed below for you to use in your GodSpeak group session or for discussion with others who are reading along.
Monday, May 17 2 Chronicles 1-2 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
1. Solomon asked for wisdom when the Lord told him to “ask for whatever you want Me to give you” (2 Chronicles 1:7). Why did Solomon ask for wisdom? For what would you ask? How does your request compare with Solomon’s?
Tuesday, May 18 2 Chronicles 3-5 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
2. Solomon built the temple “for the Name of the Lord” (2 Chronicles 2:1). What would that mean? Give examples of how you might do some task “for the Name of the Lord.” Include your examples in your prayers today. List some words you would use to describe the temple and its furnishings as Solomon built it (2 Chronicles 3–4). Why did Solomon build the temple in this manner? How might Solomon’s example provide a model for us in completing projects that we undertake?
3. Since the Chronicler was writing for exiles who returned from Babylon, what aspect of the description of the dedication of the temple (2 Chronicles 5) would encourage them? What encouragement does this description give you, a member of the “holy Christian church, the communion of saints” (the Apostles’ Creed), for your own worship?
Wednesday, May 19 2 Chronicles 6-7 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
4. The Lord appeared to Solomon at night (2 Chronicles 7:12) to talk with Solomon about the prayer that had been offered in the temple. The Lord assured Solomon that when the people prayed, He would listen; when they confessed their sin, He would forgive. These were words of assurance. At what other times has God “appeared at night” with words of assurance for His people? For you?
Thursday, May 20 2 Chronicles 8-9 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
5. What picture do you get of Solomon in chapters 8 and 9? Does he seem to be growing in faith during these years? The rest of the story is in 1 Kings 11. What warning did God give Solomon (1 Kings 11:11–13)? How might this warning be a blessing to us? The queen of Sheba received the message that Solomon ruled “because of the love of your God for Israel and His desire to uphold them forever, … to maintain justice and righteousness” (2 Chronicles 9:8). What message might this picture send to rulers of our own day?
Friday, May 21 2 Chronicles 10-11 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
6. At the time of the division of the kingdom, people from throughout Israel “who set their hearts on seeking the Lord” moved to Jerusalem “to be able to offer sacrifices to the Lord” (2 Chronicles 11:16). What changes in their lives did this move entail? What similar changes in their lives do Christians still make, with the blessing of the Holy Spirit, to worship the Lord? In your prayers, thank God for the strength He has given to people to make such changes.
Saturday, May 22 2 Chronicles 12 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
7. The events of 2 Chronicles 12 follow an outline similar to an outline of sections of the worship service. Point out the similarities. Why would church services follow such an outline?
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