The Word “If” In 2 Chronicles

7:13 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; 7:14 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.

7:19 But if all of you 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; 7:20 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. (2 Chronicles 7:13-14/19-20 KJV)

          Chronicles is a history of Israel and repeats other books. It is written by Ezra, the priest. The above reading take place after the temple is built by David, Israel’s second king. The Lord came to David by night and told him what is written above (pay attention to the first word (if)). Again, as I have written in other blogs, history repeats itself and will do so again and again.

          In other blogs I have written that the Bible’s history is today’s history. So far as I see it, too many people have taken another man and made him God and adores him more than the biblical God. They worship him, does whatever he says (right or wrong), and will suffer any and all consequences that may come their way for this man. They do not seem to want to do that for the biblical God.

          Some of what is written above is happening now. How long it will continue or how far it will go is anyone’s guess. Until the people worship the correct God we will continue to see and feel the consequences from these actions.

          Chronicles is focused on King David. Not about all his deeds (for instance: David’s sin with Bathsheba or the murder of Bathsheba’s husband or the rebellion of David’s son, Absalom), just his good deeds because the priest wants the focus on disobeying God.

          As we disobey God by lying, cheating, killing our fellow man, and many other things God have commanded us not to do, we will continue to see all sorts of bad things here in the United States and around the world. We may not be able to do all that God wants us to do but we can at least try.

          All parts of the Bible tell us what not to do and yet we do it. Most of us say we believe in God, fear God, here in the USA everything is based, in part, on God, and yet we do everything we are not supposed to do. I am afraid that now we will see what God can and will do. As I said in the last blog, God is not taking His time because His timing is not our timing. It is coming and we can not fault anyone but ourselves. So, ‘if’ God is angry at us for what is happening (I believe He is) then I hope He has mercy on my soul.

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