Key Scriptures in the Old Testament – # 1
Many Christians can find key New Testament verses showing God’s love. Examples:
I can do ALL things through Christ who STRENGTHENS me. - Philippians 4:13
If the Son makes you free, YOU SHALL BE FREE indeed. – John 8:51
Wow! That’s encouragement!
Excepting Psalms and Proverbs, most get lost in the over 1200 pages of the Old Testament. It’s even said to be “boring.” (Obviously, Job chapters 40 and 41 describing in detail Godzilla and Dinosaurs haven’t been discovered; and the drama of miraculous battles against seemingly impossible odds have been missed. Greater still are the many encouraging verses of the O.T.
Here are some key verses from 2 Chronicles to inform, educate and encourage you!
7:14-15 IF My people who are called by My name will HUMBLE themselves, and PRAY and SEEK My face, and TURN from their wicked ways, then I WILL hear from heaven, and WILL FORGIVE their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.
15:2b The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; BUT if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and from throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of THOSE WHOSE HEART IS LOYAL to Him.
19:7b . . . for there is NO INIQUITY with the Lord our God, NO PARTIALITY, nor taking of BRIBES.
26:5b . . . and AS LONG AS HE SOUGHT the Lord, God made him prosper.
30:9b . . . for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and WILL NOT turn His face from you IF you return to Him.
31:10b “Since the people BEGAN TO BRING OFFERINGS into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat and have plenty left, for the Lord has blessed His people; and what is left is this great abundance.”
30:20-21 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord His God. And . . . to seek his God . . . he did it with all his heart. SO HE PROSPERED.
ADDITONALLY in 1:10 – King David’s son Solomon took over as King. He asked God “Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours.”
God’s reply was in verse 1:11-12 BECAUSE THIS WAS IN YOUR HEART, and you HAVE NOT asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king – wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.
FINALLY, there are 2 great historical accounts of battles with (don’t miss) surprise endings.
- The Assyrians led by Sennacherib against Judah – Chapter 32
- Moab’s and Ammon’s invasion of Judah – 20:1-25
There’s much more in 2 Chronicles, but the scriptures quoted above should provide encouragement, instruction and greater insight into God’s character and his love for those who follow Him.
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