Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bible in 90 Days - Day 33

Today I read 2 Chronicles 23-35. I think Chronicles does have some additional information than what Kings covers. But I have a hard time remembering the difference between each king, much less the differences between the stories in Chronicles and Kings. Sometime I'll have to make a list...

This was an interesting text:

And he [Amaziah] did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart
2 Chronicles 25:2.

Amaziah kept God's commandments and did the right things. But his heart didn't match up with his actions. That means it would be possible for me to do the right things but not have a heart that is one with God. Is that having works without faith?

But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests
2 Chronicles 29:34.

I thought the above text was really interesting as well. Position is also no guarantee of a perfect heart. The priests had a constant reminder of God's love and commands. And yet here was an example of everyday people being more upright in heart than the leaders. This would also prove to be the case in Christ's day.

I'm not a priest, nor a king, but I hope that God can give me a perfect heart like His. I want to love like God does, not love like a selfish human being loves.

1 comment:

Ruth MacC said...


I am enjoying coming over to read your blog and seeing how you are getting on and what your thoughts are. I personaly read through the Bible regurally and love it. We are half way through it as a family which I think is brilliant for Sean.

Here are a few verses that relates to our sinfulness and God's righteousness.

Titus 3:3-7

Colossians 2:13-14

Romans 4:5-8

Ephesian2:1-10 (especially 8&9)

1 Corinthians 1:24-30 (especially 30)

Christ became righteousness for us. Once forgiven we are given His righteousness. Once forgiven God looks on us and sees us as sinless, because of the swap that took place on the Cross. Jesus righteousness for our sinfulness. He was punished for our sins, we are blessed forever by his rightoeusness/sinlesness)

There is nothing that we can add to this and the great thing is that we don't have to try. It is inherent in us to try to do something, to, in some way, work towards saving ourselves.

David was never going to loose his righteousness with God. He was diciplined for his sin though. Like a loving father diciplines his children, God diciplines us. But there is never any fear of loss of salvation once forgiven is granted at the moment of conversion and we become His children:0)