Archive for September 30th, 2010

John Flavel provides an example of how God’s providence might ordain suffering as a means of preserving his people from sin and temptation.

Basil was sorely grieved with an inveterate headache; he earnestly prayed it might be removed; God removed it. No sooner was he freed of this clog, but he felt the inordinate motions of lust, which made him pray for his headache again.

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A set of rules is unable to motivate and conform us to holiness.

You have to know that you are loved by God. Otherwise you will always have fear motivating you i.e. if I don’t do this he will be mad and punish me.

Fear cannot motivate you to genuine holiness. You must know that you are loved and that the outcome is assured – so you can obey with your whole heart.

This knowledge will propel one to obedience, knowing that you are loved and believing that God has given you what is needed in terms of enabling.

If you not assured of God’s love for you then you will fall into a sinful lifestyle. Duty cannot motivate in the face of temptation but love in response to grace (God’s love and enabling) is more motivating.

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(2Ch 1:1) Solomon foreshadows Christ – the son of David, strengthened to rule God’s kingdom, God with him, highly exalted.

(2Ch 1:7-12) Christ, like Solomon and unlike Adam, seeks to gain wisdom from God.

(2Ch 1:11) Christ, like Solomon, is a shepherd-king over God’s people, leading them in and out. c.f. John 10.

(2Ch 1:13-17) The glory of Solomon’s kingdom foreshadows the greater glory of Christ’s kingdom.

(2Ch 2:11-12) Because God loves his people he sets Christ as king over them to build a temple for God’s glory.

(2Ch 3:5-7) The temple has gold, precious stones and engraved trees and cherubim i.e. recalls Eden.

(2Ch 3:17) The pillars, Jachin and Boaz, point to Christ as the one God establishes and strengthens.

(2Ch 4) A micro-cosmic representation of creation – altar (mountain), washing basin (the sea), lamp stand (7 heavenly lights). Christ rules.

(2Ch 5:12-13) By the altar, clothed in white linen, harps, trumpets, singing – Revelation portrays God’s people in similar terms.

(2Ch 5:13-14) God’s presence indwelling the temple to live in the midst points to Christ’s coming in the flesh c.f. Joh 1:14

(2Ch 6:10,14-15 In Solomon the shadow form of God’s promise to David is fulfilled. But its ultimate fulfillment awaits the coming of Christ.

(2Ch 6:22,24,26,28,36) Christ, like Solomon, intercedes for the people of God in light of their sins and covenant curses. i.e. forgiveness.

(2Ch 6:32-33) The ultimate purpose of the Solomon and Christ-built temples is that all men might be drawn to knowing and fearing God.

(2Ch 6:40) Christ is uniquely ‘the place’ upon which God’s eyes are opened and ears attentive in order to respond to people’s prayers.

(2Ch 7:1-3) Solomon’s temple & prayer accepted as indicated by the sign of fire from heaven. Christ’s indicated by the sign of resurrection.

(2Ch 7:3,6) Christ is the ultimate expression of God’s goodness and steadfast love that endures forever.

(2Ch 7:5,7) Christ as priest-king offers better a better sacrifice than Solomon’s 22000 oxen and 120000 sheep.

(2Ch 7:8-10) Solomon’s great feast and the joy of God’s people in God’s fulfilling his promises foreshadow Christ’s messianic banquet.

(2Ch 7:14-16) Salvation in Christ occurs when his people humble themselves, pray, repent, are heard, forgiven of sin and healed.

(2Ch 7:20-21) Solomon’s shadow temple may face destruction due to the people’s sin. Christ as a temple faced destruction but raised forever.

(2Ch 8:12-15) The Son of David orders the worship of God in ways that are revealed to him by God.

(2Ch 9:1-4) Sheba’s visit to Solomon foreshadows all nations coming to Christ with tribute, listening to his wisdom & beholding his glory.

(2Ch 9:8) The LORD delights in Christ and sets him upon God’s throne.

(2Ch 9:8) Christ established as king to act in justice and righteousness because God loves his people.

(2Ch 9:13-21) The glory and awesome majesty of Solomon’s kingdom foreshadows the glory and awesome majesty of the kingdom of Christ.

(2Ch 9:22) Christ excels all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

(2Ch 9:23-24) All kings of the earth shall seek Christ’s presence to hear his God-given wisdom and to bring him perpetual tribute.

(2Ch 9:26) Solomon’s rule over all the kings from Euphrates to Egypt (the whole shadow land) foreshadows Christ’s rule over all the earth.

(2Ch 9:31) Solomon is not the Christ. There is another.

(2Ch 10:1-15) Rehoboam is a foolish son of David who ruins the kingdom. He is not the desired Christ.

(2Ch 10:15) Sovereignty. Rehoboam’s foolishness is the means ordained by God to fulfill his purpose.

(2Ch 11:4) Sovereignty – God ordains Jeroboam’s rebellion against the Son of David and all rebellion against Christ, the son of David.

(2Ch 11:14-16) God preserves the kingdom of Judah in the hands of the sons of David with faithfulness to the LORD.

(2Ch 12:1-10) Sovereignty. God ordains Shishak’s invasion of Judah and he limits its success.

(2Ch 13) God preserves the kingdom of Judah in the hands of the sons of David with faithful worship to the LORD in his chosen Jerusalem.

(2Ch 15) God continues to preserve Judah under the Davidic king with blessing foreshadowing Christ’s rule.

(2Ch 15) Sovereignty – God determines that Zerah the Ethiopian will fail in his invasion although having a greater force than Shishak had.

(2Ch 15:9) Around the son of David (Asa/Christ) gathers a remnant of Israel to be the people of God.

(2Ch 16) Asa fails to be the desired Son of David.

(2Ch 17) Jehoshaphat’s riches, honour, tribute, kingdom and courageous heart in the ways of the LORD foreshadows Christ, the son of David.

(2Ch 17:7-9) Jehoshaphat as the son of David teaches God’s people God’s word in this way foreshadowing Christ, the son of David.

(2Ch 18:33) Sovereignty. A certain man drew his bow at random & struck Ahab between the scale armor & breastplate fulfilling God’s word.

(2Ch 19) Jehoshaphat, son of David, foreshadows Christ in bringing the people back to the LORD and administering righteousness among them.

(2Ch 20:5-12) Jehoshaphat, son of David, foreshadows Christ by his ministry of intercession for the people of God.

(2Ch 20:14-20) Jehoshaphat, son of David, foreshadows Christ by his acting in faith and trust based on God’s prophetic word for his people.

(2Ch 20:22-30) God’s victory over the nations, dividing of spoils, rejoicing over enemies, nations fearing -all foreshadow Christ’s kingdom.

(2Ch 20:31-37) Although Jehoshaphat foreshadows Christ in many ways he nevertheless does so imperfectly. Another son of David is desired.

(2Ch 21:4,17; 22:1,8,10) Satan seeks to destroy without survivor two generations of sons of David to prevent the coming of the Christ.

(2Ch 21:7,17; 22:11-12; 23:11) God preserves for David a lamp, a son of David. The line from which the promised one shall come continues.

(2Ch 24:1-14) Joash foreshadows Christ as a son of David who restores the temple worship of God.

(2Ch 24:15-27) Joash, ultimately fails as a son of David by being unfaithful, unlike Christ. Another son of David is needed.

(2Ch 25) Neither is Amaziah, son of David, the longed for Christ.

(2Ch 26:1-15) Uzziah is another shadow of the ultimate son of David – makes peace from enemies, obeys God, life is good in land.

(2Ch 26:16-23) Uzziah disappoints. Although a son of David not a priest after order of Aaron or Melchizedek. Still waiting for Christ.

(2Ch 27:6) Christ/Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the LORD his God.

(2Ch 28) Ahaz, son of David, contrasts with Christ – partial loss of the promised land, does not trust God, tears down not builds up temple.

(2Ch 29) Hezekiah, son of David, foreshadows Christ in restoring, purifying, establishing and covenanting true temple worship.

(2Ch 30:1,5-11,18,25-26) Hezekiah, son of David, foreshadows Christ in restoring worship in spirit & truth to all Israel (Jews & Samaritans)

(2Ch 30:18-20) Hezekiah, son of David, foreshadows Christ by his intercession for people & appeal to God for grace, forgiveness & healing.

(2Ch 31:3) Hezekiah, son of David, foreshadows Christ by providing animal sacrifices for the people. Christ offers the sacrifice of himself.

(2Ch 31:20-21) Hezekiah, son of David, foreshadows Christ – righteous, faithful, obedient, seeking God and prospering before God.

(2Ch 32:22-30) Christ, like Hezekiah, gives his people rest/peace, receives tribute from nations, highly exalted, has great glory.

(2Ch 32:24-25,31) Ultimately, Hezekiah is not the longed for son of David due to the pride of his heart.

(2Ch 33) Neither Manasseh, son of David, nor Amon, son of David is the Lord’s Christ.

(2Ch 34:6-7,9) Josiah, son of David, sought to bring all Israel back to the LORD and as such is a shadow of Christ.

(2Ch 34:8-18) (2Ch 34:6-7,9) Josiah, son of David, sought to rebuild for God a temple for his glory and as such is a shadow of Christ.

(2Ch 34:31) Josiah made a covenant to walk before the LORD, keeping God’s commands with all his heart and all his soul – foreshadows Christ.

(2Ch 35:1-19) Only Christ surpasses Josiah as the son of David who kept the Passover according to the Law. c.f. one as shadow other fulfills

(2Ch 35:20-25) Ultimately, even Josiah fails to be the longed for son of David that is Christ.

(2Ch 36) Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, Zedekiah = failed sons of David. Temple destroyed, kingdom lost. Another son of David is needed!

(2Ch 36:17) Sovereignty. Although the Babylonians invade and exile God’s people with evil motivation, nevertheless it is ordained by God.

(2Ch 36:22-23) Sovereignty. God moves Cyrus’ heart to build a temple and release the exiles.

(2Ch 36:22-23) Cyrus, in releasing the exiles and building a temple, performs son of David functions!

(2Ch 36:22-23) Gob-smacking that a Persian king could be used by God to foreshadow the work of Christ in building temple & releasing exiles.

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