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Wash, Rinse, Repeat

June 30, 2023

2 Chronicles 6:30
then hear from heaven your dwelling place and forgive and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways, for you, you only, know the hearts of the children of mankind

  Sometimes what may seem obvious to one, isn’t as obvious to another. Examples – road sign – “Pass with Care”. Does it mean we need to roll down our windows as we pass and yell “I love you”? Another road sign – “Slow Children”. I sure hope they speed up. Wash, Rinse, Repeat – If someone reads the directions on a bottle of shampoo, they could finish the bottle in one shower.

        Solomon, the wisest man in the world did not leave his prayer to Yahweh up for interpretation. He is very clear in 2 Chronicles 6 of what he is asking of God. The nation of Israel had just built the temple of God where the glory of the Lord would be present. They had assembled to worship and praise Yahweh! They sang and played loud instruments saying in 5:13 – “He is good; his love endures forever” Chapter 6 is Solomon’s prayer before all of Israel to their Provider.

    In these 42 verses he “washes, rinses and repeats”. He reminds God of His promises that He made to Solomon’s father, David and to all of Israel. He recognizes that Israel will sin and fall away from God and then He asks God in advance for forgiveness for those sins after Israel repents. Along with verse 30 – this 3-part cycle is prayed in vs 21, 23, 25, 27, 33, 35, and 39. The one condition that is necessary for this cycle to start is repentance. They were required to confess their sins so that God would hear their plea. This cycle of sin-judgment-repentance-restoration is seen all throughout Israel’s history.

     I’d like you to see yesterday’s verse alongside today’s verse. 1 written in 5th century BC and 1 written @ 85 AD.

2 Chronicles 6:30 “then hear from heaven your dwelling place and forgive and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways, for you, you only, know the hearts of the children of mankind

John 6:29 – “Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

      The beauty of God’s forgiveness is that it is based upon His promises, not our works.  Solomon was asking the Lord to remember His promises to Israel and “uphold their cause”. Today, we can individually ask God to uphold His promise of forgiveness.  1 John 1:9 –  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

   When we confess our sins (acknowledging that we have wronged God by our actions), Jesus Christ will forgive us!! Once we do that, He has promised us in John 6:40 “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”  Let’s see if we can break the wash – rinse -repeat cycle of sin and just live in the forgiveness of our Savior.

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